Jersey Times 1848 - 10

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22 August - 29 August 1848[1]
Friday 25 August 1848

Before Sir Thomas Le Breton, Bailiff and Jurats Bertram and Arthur


John Finlay and George Gladdiss were placed at the bar for having been found in a state of vagrancy in a house in Hill Street. They were given up to their parents, with strict injunctions to take charge of them under pain of being sent out of the Island.

Caused a disturbance

Charlotte Esnouf, Jane Esnouf, Jane Falle, wife of John Esnouf and mother of the former, and Jane Elizabeth Lally, were placed at the bar for having created a disturbance in a house near the Parade on the 23 July last.

The former was given up to her father; Jane Esnouf was sent to the General Hospital, and Lally was ordered to be sent out of the Island with her family.

In debt

On the demand of the Attorney-General, the Viscount was authorised to write to Mrs Elizabeth Jane Bisson to satisfy the demands of her creditors in the course of two months, under pain of seeing her property become décrétable.


Before E L Bisson Esq, Lieut Bailiff, and Jurats Le Gallais and Arthur

Lobster theft

Richard Butt and Daniel Coats were placed at the bar and accused by Mr Centenier Chevalier, of having, during the night of Sunday to Monday, the 28-29 May last, broken open a lobster preserve, the property of Mrs June Rogers, wife of Mr Joseph Pitcher, and for having stolen therefrom twenty-four lobsters.

The prisoners pleaded guilty and were sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, with hard labour.

Dead baby case

Ann Hathershaw was brought forward at the bar and accused, on a report of Mr Centenier Chevalier, of having been clandestinely delivered of a child in a house occupied by her parents in Simon Place, and for not having taken the necessary precautions at the said birth.

The prisoner pleaded guilty and was ordered to be brought up before the full bench to receive judgment.

State of mind

On the motion of the Solicitor General, six principaux of the Parish of St Ouen’s were ordered to be convened to give their opinion as to the state of mind of Mr John Vibert, son of Elias.

Tuesday 29 August 1848

Before Sir Thomas Le Breton, Knight, Bailiff, and Jurats E L Bisson and Arthur.


A Remonstrance was presented on the part of Mr Elias Renouf, one of the principaux of the Parish of St Martin, complaining of an illegal meeting convened by Mr George Sohier, on 10 August last, and which had chosen Messrs George Godfray and Frs De Quetteville, Procureurs du Bien Publique, and Messrs Thomas Vardon, Thomas Journeaux and Philip Elias Mallett as Vingteniers. The Court ordered the said Remonstrance to be lodged au Greffe, and that a copy be served on all parties interested.

Baby found dead in town cess pool

An inquest was held at the General Hospital on the body of a child, about eight or ten days old.

From the evidence produced, it appears that Mr Centenier Chevalier, having been informed that a girl named Ann Hithershaw, had been lately confined, and that her child was not to be found, repaired on Sunday afternoon to a house in Simon Place, at the top of Belmont Road, where he found the said Hithershaw.

On being questioned she declared that she had not given birth to a child; that she had certainly been ill on the Saturday previous, but that she had not been confined.

Mr Mahy, who accompanied Mr Chevalier, went to procure the assistance of a medical man, and found Dr Padmore who, after examining the girl, declared that she had been confined about ten or twelve days.

The girl persisted in her previous declaration, until taken to the Hospital, and examined by another medical man, when she confessed having been confined on the Saturday week previous; that the child was born dead, and that she had thrown it into a cess-pool.

On Monday morning, the police having caused a minute search to be made, the child was found and taken to the Hospital where it was examined by Drs Jones and Padmore but, owing to its state of decomposition, they could not declare of what sex the infant was, nor whether it was born alive.

The Jury after hearing the evidence, returned the following verdict: ‘That the said child had been found in the cess-pool of a house in Simon Place, where it had been thrown about ten days ago by Ann Hithershaw, who had been clandestinely delivered of the said child, without having the recourse to the proper and necessary aid.’

Dive to search for schooner chains
Tuesday 22 August 1848

On Wednesday last we were witness of the descent of a diver from on board a little cutter which had been anchored near the Huitriere rock in the small roads. After the preparations had been made, and the tube of the air pump adjusted, the grotesque figure descended from on board the ship by rope-ladder to a depth of 20 feet of water, and examined the north-east part of the rock. He remained under water for 10 minutes; but he encountered much difficulty in clearing his passage across the high seaweeds and huge rugged masses of the base of the rock, and which made him often tremble lest he should break the glasses of his diving cap.

The object of this submarine visit was to look for the iron anchors and chains believed to be in that spot, of the Prince of Bouillon schooner, wrecked there about five years since. After having got the cutter to the south-east part of the rock, the diver made a second descent; but again without success.

Alarming increase of fires in Jersey
Tuesday 22 August 1848

In the year 1847 there were twenty-six fires, large and small, in this Island, being at an average rate of one fire every fortnight.

Since the present year commenced we have been going at the same rate, for in seven months there have been fourteen fires. If this state of things continues, the Fire Insurance Offices of England will either abandon Jersey altogether as a place of business or raise the rates of insurance to a higher figure; for they must be pretty well convinced by this time that it is not very profitable.

Boatmen’s and Porters’ fares
Tuesday 29 August 1848

We are happy to see that two boards, painted black with white letters, are put up on each side of the porters’ shed at Victoria pier head, with a list of charges for boat hire and the carriage of passengers.

This was much wanted, as there was no authoritative place to refer to when exorbitant charges were demanded. Now reference can at once be made to the tables, written, the one in French, the other in English, which is another boon for which numerous British residents and visitors have to thank the harbourmaster of St Helier.

The charges are the same as those printed in the Jersey Times.

Rowdy behaviour

Between 3 and 4 o’clock on Saturday morning, the inhabitants of Belmont Road were disturbed by a party of well-dressed men, five in number, who, three walking on one side of the way and two on the other “amused” themselves by knocking or ringing at every door in the street. We should have very much liked to see these self-disgracing persons arrested and punished as they deserved to be, We know their names: but forebear from publishing them for the present.

Mr Love Entertainments
Friday 25 August 1848

Mr Love, the ventriloquist – or, polyphonist, as he more correctly has it – made his debut before a Jersey audience on Wednesday evening last at the Music Hall, and with very great success. The Hall was thronged in every part; and ‘Love in all Shapes’ and ‘Love’s Labor Lost’ supplied the crowded audience with constant amusement for two or three hours.

We have seen the inimitable Mathews, the quick-silver Yates, the French gentlemanly Alexandre, in similar entertainments; and we were consequently in a position to acknowledge the relative merits of the Mr Aspen, Mr Sparkle, Mr Ironhead and Miss Mildew, of Mr Love.

His cooking of an omelette without eggs or fire satisfies the expectations of even hunger itself; and his incarnations of the utterances of a child three months old, just awaking from a sleep, would receive the approbation of Mrs Gump herself. His performances elicited continual plaudits and the loudest laughter from auditory.

In Mr Roberts, the Welch harpist who played in the intervals of the main entertainment of the evening, Mr Love has an accomplished auxiliary. The harp on which this talented musician performed is an instrument on the principle of the Unison Welch Harp. It has a double row of strings with the modern improvement of pedals to produce the sharps and flats.

It is a present-day substitute, in fact, for the real triple-stringed, unpedalled Welch Harp. Mr Roberts’ execution is very neat and brilliant; his sons étouffés and harmonics are most perfect; his pianissimos and expressivos very beautiful; and he has the good taste to eschew, to a great extent, the detestable “rip and tear” of the very modern school.

His selection of Welch melodies was in fine taste; and the various effects peculiar to them, and the instrument of their expression, he gave with great excellence; whilst his occasional touchings upon the difficulties of the Modern Harpists allowed him to be possessed of a musician’s as well as a mere lyrist’s knowledge.

Mr Love will repeat his popular mirth-exciting entertainments this evening; when he will doubtless have, if possible, an audience more numerous than that which assembled on Wednesday to greet his first appearance amongst us.

Review of the Royal Jersey Militia Artillery

The principal arm of the local defence of the Island, The Royal Jersey Militia Artillery, under the command of Colonel Hammond, was inspected on Wednesday last on the sands of St Helier’s Bay.

This really effective force, consisting of six batteries, with 24 9-pounder guns, officered and manned by natives of the Island cannot be excelled, if equalled, by any body of men, not regularly trained soldiers, whether in the parent country, the colonies, or in any foreign state.

The battalion assembled by battery under their respective captains, soon after 11 o’clock, and it was nearly 4 o’clock before they returned to the arsenal; there was, therefore, time enough amply to try their efficiency.

They were drawn up in a line between the first and second towers, the left resting on the right margin of the stream fronting the sea; and were placed in the following order:- The left or NW battery under Captain Le Touzel, the 2nd under Captain Le Quesne, the 3rd or East under Captain 1st Lieut J H Robin, the St Lawrence under Captain Giffard Le Quesne, the St Helier under Major Hemery and the SW under Captain De Quetteville.

The force consisted of 20 officers and 420 non-commissioned officers and privates, and had altogether a most imposing appearance. At half-past 12 o’clock pm the Lieut-Governor arrived on the left of the line and was received with a salute of 11 guns from the left battery. The line being then inspected minutely by the Major-General, and closed, took ground to the right and marched past the batteries.

Manoeuvres were then gone through and Sir James Reynett expressed himself to Captain Hammond as highly pleased with the appearance and efficiency of both men and officers. The attendance of spectators was very large, and owing to the fineness of the day all the beauty and fashion of St Helier attended this, one of the most interesting sights in Jersey, especially as it closes the Militia reviews and inspections for the season.

Tuesday 8 August 1848

There will be three elections in the parish of St Clement’s today, the term of office of Mr Thomas Aubin, Constable, and Messrs De Veulle and Averty, Centeniers, being expired. A slight opposition is talked of as far as regards the office of Centenier, but Mr Aubin, at the request of his parishioners, has consented to retain office, and will be returned unopposed.

To Ladies

Travelling, or while otherwise exposed to the scorching rays of the sun and heated particles of dust, Rowlands’ Kalydor will prove a most refreshing preparation for your Complexion, dispelling the cloud of languor and relaxation, allaying all heat and irritability, and immediately affording the pleasing sensation attending restored elasticity and healthful state of the skin.

Composed of choice exotics of balsamic nature, utterly free from all mineral admixture, and pleasing and delightful in its effects, Rowlands’ Kalydor tends to neutralise the action of the atmosphere upon the skin, and to promote that healthy action of the microscopic vessels by which its general wellbeing and the beauty of its appearance are so essentially promoted.

Freckles, tan-spots, pimples and flushes before its application give way to delicate smoothness and the glow of beauty and of bloom. In cases of sunburn, or stings of insects, its virtues have long been acknowledged. Its purifying and refreshing properties have obtained exclusive selection by Her Majesty the Queen, her Court, and the Royal Family of Great Britain and the several Courts of Europe; together with the elite of the Aristocracy, from the sultry climes of India, to the frozen realms of the Czar.

The high reputation it bears induces unprincipled shopkeepers to offer their spurious “Kaldors” for sale, containing mineral astringents utterly ruinous to the complexion, and by their repellent action endangering health. It is therefore imperative on purchasers to see that the words Rowlands’ Kalydor are on the wrapper, and “A Rowland & Son, 20 Hatton Garden” also engraved (by desire of the Hon Commissioners) on the Government Stamp affixed on each bottle. Price 4s 6d and 8s 6d.

Sent from the Island

Nine strangers were sent off to their parishes by the packet on Friday morning. They had for some time been maintained in the Jersey Hospital without having any legal claim to such support.

Post Office notice

In future, any silver or copper coin, in any way defaced, tendered at this office for the prepayment of letters etc, will be refused. Letters etc left at the window with any such coin for prepayment will be forwarded to their destination unpaid.

Stamps on letters

A subscriber informs us that some of his letters and also those of certain of his friends, had been charged postage, despite their having had post-stamps affixed to them previous to transmission. He wrote to the General Post Office on the subject and received an answer to the effect that it would be well for persons to discontinue the use of glazed paper as the postage stamps would not adhere to it.


Royal Saloon House, Royal Square and the Globe Tavern (adjoining behind in Church Street).

To be sold or let for Michaelmas next, either together or separately. The above-named eligibly situated and commodious premises, if required, are susceptible of being easily converted into one house or concern, which, together would form one of the most desirable and extensive establishments in the Island, either as an hotel, café, boarding house, divan, a mercantile emporium, or mart, or any other public institution whatever, comprising together about 20 rooms, besides the splendid and well know Royal Saloon.

For further information, apply to the Proprietor, Mr John Oxenham, Claremont Hill.

A portrait of a Mr Bolton by Henry Mullins, taken at about the time that this advertisement was placed
The improved Coloured
Photographic Portraits
From the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London Under the Patronage of Her Majesty

The Gentry and Inhabitants of Jersey are respectfully informed, that an establishment, replete with every convenience for taking these unerring and inimitable likenesses, is now open from 10 to 5 o’clock daily at TOZER’S SALOON, ROYAL SQUARE.

Messrs Mullins and Milward feel assured that the real merits of this extraordinary discovery are now for the first time introduced into the Island, and beg to be favoured with an inspection of their various specimens.

The Public may rely upon the latest discoveries and improvements in the art being practically applied, and that the apparatus used is of the most approved construction; also, that no portrait will be allowed to leave the atelier unless it be a satisfactory one, and the likeness is agreeable; for which purpose a choice from two or more is always given to the sitter.

The Proprietors have thought it advisable to make the greatest reduction possible in their scale of charges; and the new price for a single portrait will be half a guinea.

Accidents at St Catherine’s

As a party of the workmen of St Catherine’s Bay, seven in number, were out in a boat, the boat upset and the whole were immersed in the water, when two of the unfortunate men named Samuel Bugg and James Harris sank, to rise no more alive. A coroner’s inquest was held on the bodies yesterday when a verdict of ‘accidentally drowned’ was returned.

Tuesday 29 August 1848

An Irish workman was dangerously hurt at the St Catherine’s Bay works on Thursday, by the falling of a crane upon his head.

Judicial changes
Tuesday 22 August 1848

The death of the late Mr Sheriff Aubin will cause several changes in our judicial body. Mr Peter John Simon succeeds to the Shrievalty, and will be sworn in tomorrow, and Mr Hugh Godfray, the other Sheriff, will, it is said, resign in favour of his son, Mr John Wm Godfray. Mr George Helier Horman, who has for several years acted as Deputy-Sheriff for the late Mr Aubin, will succeed to the place at the Jersey Bar vacated by Mr John Hammond, on his appointment to the Solicitor-Generalship.

Greffier gets gout

We understand that Ch De Ste Croix, Esq, Greffier of the Royal Court, is detained at home by an attack of gout. Mr Helier Simon was sworn in as Deputy Greffier at the sitting of the States.

Notes and references

  1. This edition includes some items carried over from earlier weeks which we did not have space for at the time
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