Jersey Times 1848 - 12

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6 October - 7 November 1848
ROYAL COURT
Before the Bailiff and Jurats Ph Le Maistre and P W Nicolle
Tuesday 10 October 1848
Property division

Mrs Elizabeth Romeril, widow of Mr Ed Le Bourdon, was ordered to make a fresh division of his property in order that the principal heir might take his share.

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Before the Bailiff and Jurats Bisson and Bertram
Friday 13 October 1848
Stolen watch

Dr Atto was placed at the Bar on a report from Centenier Du Parcq, accusing him of having, on Sunday last the 8th inst, stolen a silver watch from the bar of a public house at Havre des Pas.

The prisoner pleaded guilty and was condemned by the Court to two months imprisonment with hard labour and five years banishment from the Island.

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Before the Bailiff and Jurats Pelgue and Le Gallais
Friday 27 October 1848
Handkerchief thief

James Green, accused of having stolen five handkerchiefs from a shop in King Street, having acknowledged his guilt, was condemned to one month imprisonment with hard labour and to three years banishment from the Island.

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Friday 3 November 1845
27-year-old debt

The Court was occupied in taking depositions of witnesses in a case between Capt John Le Rossignol and Mr Edward Vincent of St Ouen’s, the former actioning the latter for the payment of a bond of 660 francs, given in 1819 by the defendant’s grandfather to Mr Ph Le Gresley, and of which bond the plaintiff had become transferee.

It appeared that the interest on the bond had not been paid for 27 years and consequently the defendant pleaded the statute of limitations. The plaintiff, on the contrary, put in the plea that the defendant’s grandfather at the time of his decease, 10 years ago, acknowledged that the bond was still due on his estate. To establish this, witnesses were called.

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Tuesday 7 November 1848
Stolen faggots

The police of St Brelade’s placed at the bar John Salmon and Celeste Le Fortier, his mother-in-law, accused of having stolen some faggots belonging to Miss Dupré.

The female prisoner acknowledged having stolen one faggot, not having the means of procuring either wood or coals.

The Court condemned Celeste Le Fortier to eight days imprisonment and five years banishment from the Island, and sent Salmon to jail, to be taken to France at the first opportunity.

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Boy jailed

Mr Centenier Le Feuvre of St Brelade’s placed at the bar a lad named Lamy, about 17 years old, who is in the habit of insulting every young person he meets.

Mr Edward Le Brocq, police officer, having remonstrated with the prisoner on his bad conduct, was abused and even struck by him. The Court, after hearing Mr Advocate Marett for the prisoner and the conclusions of the Attorney-General, sentenced him to 8 days solitary confinement.

Part of the Robin establishment at Gaspé
News from Gaspé
Tuesday 17 October 1848

The British Press quotes the following paragraphs from the Gaspé Gazette: On the 30th August, at Paspebiac, Captain Le Moignon, engaged in the employ of Messrs C Robin & Co, in fitting out the new ship now on the stocks, fell from the rail, and had he not fortunately been stopped by the scaffolding, would have been precipitated to a depth of 30 to 40 feet; as it was, he has been severely hurt, having had two of his ribs broken, besides sustaining severe bodily injury.

On 2 September, at Paspebiac, an inquest was held before R W Fitton, Esq., Coroner for the said County, on view of the body of John Le Lievre, a blacksmith and carpenter, aged 26 years, a native of Jersey.

The deceased was in the employ of Messrs Chas, Robin and Co, and on the day previous, after having over-heated himself, and eaten a hearty dinner, went into the water to bathe, and on his coming ashore to dress himself, he suddenly fell down and expired, notwithstanding the exertions that were made to resuscitate him.

The verdict returned was: “Died suddenly by the visitation of God.”

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St Luke's Church
Foundation stone for new church
Friday 20 October 1848

Wednesday last, the 18th, being St Luke’s Day, was appointed for the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of St Luke’s Church, Georgetown.

The morning was unceremoniously cold and stormy, with heavy hail showers; and many, who intended to be present were much disappointed at being unable to attend.

At 11 o’clock, however, a large congregation had assembled at the temporary building in use as the district place of worship; where divine service was performed by the Rev Mr Filleul, the minister of St Saviour’s Church, who preached a truly excellent sermon from I King’s, v 17, on the building of Solomon’s temple.

Shortly before 1 o’clock, numbers arrived on the ground where the stone was to be laid, and Mr Burke, the contractor, with Mr Gallichan, the engineer, adjusted the stone, which was slung ready for its lowering into place.

It is of hard granite, from the quarry at Mont Mado, is 5 feet long, 4 ft in breadth, and 3 ft in depth, and weighs about 3 tons.

At a few minutes before one, the Rev A Guille, the incumbent of St Luke’s, accompanied by the Rev Filleul, the Rev C Marett, Rector of St Clement’s, the Rev T Orange, Rector of St Lawrence’s, the Rev P Guille, Rector of St Mary’s, the Rev S Croker, curate of the Town Church, and the Rev Ch Robinson, commenced the ceremony by reading a form of prayer prepared expressly for the occasion, at the conclusion of which the 117th psalm was sung.

The stone was then lowered at a quarter past 1 o’clock precisely. The proceedings throughout were most interesting and were carried out with the greatest possible solemnity, the assembly remaining uncovered during the whole of the ceremony.

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THE STATES
President, Sir Thomas Le Breton, Bailiff
Tuesday 31 October 1848
Protection from the sea

The Greffier read a report from the Committee of Defence of the Island, dated in April 1848, recommending certain works on the St Aubin’s Road, estimated at £250 or £300, to protect the adjacent land from the encroachment of the sea; also another report, dated 17 August, recommending the adoption of a plan for the works by Mr Thompson, estimating them at £348. On the proposition of Judge Bisson, the two reports were lodged au Greffe.

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Market changes

The States lodged au Greffe two reports of the Markets Committee – one recommending the letting of ten stalls of the Port Market for the sale of beef, mutton etc, the other recommending the removal of the shoemakers’ stalls from their present situation, into the French Market in Cattle Street.

Death of
Mr John Le Capelain
Friday 20 October 1848

It is our painful task to record the premature death of Jersey’s most gifted artist – Mr John Le Capelain, the painter of the album presented last year by the States of the Island to Her Majesty, ever the enthusiastic and inspired illustrator of the scenic beauties of his native land, and a rival of the first artists of England as a painter in water colours.

Mr Le Capelain had for many months been suffering an affliction of the lungs, originally induced by a severe cold, and had only a short time since returned from France (whither he went for change of air and medical advice) in apparently improved health, and hopeful of eventual convalescence.

A self-portrait of John Le Capelain

But his career was run. His physical powers daily failed him more and more, and on Tuesday morning last, the 17th October, 1848, at about 4 o’clock, he expired, at the residence of his father, in Hill Street, St Helier.

As a scenic artist, Mr Le Capelain leaves a name behind him which will not soon be forgotten in the world of art, and works which will be everywhere cherished as household treasures by their possessors, and in him Jersey has lost one of her most highly-endowed sons.

We believe we are correct in stating that Mr Le Capelain, as an artist, was entirely self-taught. But he was more than an artist, in the merely limited sense of that much-abused word. He was a man of varied and extensive reading, master of the languages and the literature of both England and France, and with the works of the great poets, historians and scientific men of either country he was critically and appreciatingly familiar.

Of Mr Le Capelin’s estimable private character, the friend who writes this brief tribute to his memory cannot trust himself here to speak. Its best and highest celebration will be found in the hearts of those who loved and honoured him and whom he honoured and loved.

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Cholera scare
Friday 13 October 1848

HM steam frigate Driver, Commander Johnson, arrived in the outer roads at noon on Wednesday from Woolwich, having on board a Company of the 9th Battalion Royal Artillery, under the command of 1st Captain and Brevet-Major James.

In consequence of the reported cases of cholera at Woolwich, no one was allowed to land until visited by the medical officer. Doctor Jones accordingly repaired on board at one o’clock, and the replies being satisfactory, the troops disembarked and landed at Elizabeth Castle at 2pm.

The Company of the 2nd Battalion, under Major Hennis, embarked yesterday afternoon and immediately started for Woolwich. The Driver is a remarkably fine steamer and was only 28 hours from Woolwich having left there at 8 am on Wednesday, and would have been here several hours earlier but for waiting for daylight before passing the Casquets.

Lieuts Robinson and Dumaresq, who have for several years been stationed at Elizabeth Castle, returned to Woolwich with their companies.

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Suspected cases
Tuesday 17 October 1848

It being reported on Friday that there were two cases of cholera in Pier Road, Mr Centenier Chevalier, Mr Henry L Manuel (the Parish Registrar) and Dr Jones immediately visited a house there in which lay the body of a man, named Vernon, who had died that morning.

The other case was that of a man who had that morning partaken of some milk which had caused him continual vomiting all day. We are happy to add, that in neither case could Dr Jones trace any symptoms of cholera.

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Vessels checked

A meeting of the Harbours Committee was held on Saturday. The Bailiff read a letter from the Lieutenant-Governor, stating that there could now be no doubt to the existence of cholera in England, and recommending that Dr Jones should be directed to visit all vessels arriving in the Island for the purpose of guarding as far as possible against the introduction of the disease into Jersey.

The Committee, however, simply directed the Harbourmaster to inspect all vessels arriving, as well as those at present in the harbour, to ascertain that their cabins are kept in a proper state of cleanliness.

The Committees of Public Health met on Tuesday morning, and delivered their reports to the Constable. They were generally satisfactory, but in several cases it will be necessary that the Constable enters reports against persons obstinately refusing to remove their nuisances.

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New Public Weigher
Friday 13 October 1848

A vacancy has occurred for the office of Public Weigher, in consequence of Mr John Touzel having been declared insane. It is, we believe, in the gift of the Vicomte.

Among the candidates for the appointment were mentioned Mr George Amy and Mr John Touzel, jnr, and as we go to press we learn that Mr Amy has been appointed.

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Thief-fishing
Friday 6 October 1848

A gentleman residing in St Aubin’s had last year a pear tree stripped of all its fruit by, he supposed, the crew of a vessel which had just arrived in the harbour from abroad.

To avert any such or similar catastrophe this year, he very skilfully hung his tree rather thickly with fish hooks; and a few nights ago had the satisfaction of perceiving that, although some rogue or rogues had attempted to plunder his tree, the fish hooks had done their duty – had, in fact, come up to scratch – and compelled the marauders to retire with a very limited booty from the forbidden fruit.

He did not catch the thieves, but the thieves had evidently been caught.

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500 pears stolen
Tuesday 10 October 1848

Five hundred fine chaumoniel pears were last night week stolen from the garden of Mr Thomas Falle, Highland House, St Saviour’s.

A gardener, formerly employed by Mr Falle, is the suspected party, he having disappeared since the police, having traced the pears to a market vendor, who had bought them from a stranger for £2, and resold them to an English gentleman, were known to be in pursuit of the thief.

Mr Falle should adopt the fish hook defensive system contrived by the gentlemen of whom we made mention on Friday.

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Stinky drains
Friday 6 October 1848

It is desirable that the authorities enforce the fine in the Pier Road for the non-performance of the proprietors’ duty, in their not having proper house drains into the main sewer.

Several families in that thickly-populated neighbourhood are in the habit of emptying their refuse water on the road instead of through the gratings.

The Drains Committee met on Monday and instructed Mr Thomas Gallichan, the inspector of the drain works, to direct such householders as had not placed stink traps at the entrance of their drains to remedy the effect without delay.

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Market parking
Friday 6 October 1848

We are glad to observe in the window of the office of Mr Huet, the Market Inspector, in Halkett Place, a notice of the Markets Committee forbidding the standing of carriages and carts, and of dealers also, in that street on market days, under certain penalty.

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