Jersey Times 1848 - 14

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17 November to 15 December 1848
Man falls into harbour
Tuesday 5 December

We regret to have to state that a serious accident occurred on Friday last to Mr Alfred Jeune, one of the sons of Captain Jeune, the highly respected landlord of the Union Hotel.

It appears that Mr Jeune was walking upon the loose stones which at present block up the breach made by the sea in the parapet of the old north pier, when he unfortunately tripped and fell over upon the rough stones and rocks in the intended new harbour beneath, a depth of between 20 and 30 feet.

He was immediately taken up, conveyed to his father’s residence, attended by Dr Fixott, who found that his left arm was broken and that he had several contusions on the face and head.

Dr Fixott forthwith reduced the fracture and we are happy to add that Mr Jeune is now progressing favourably towards convalescence.

Friday 17 November
Before the Bailiff and Jurats Bertram and Le Couteur
Extreme violence

The Court was occupied with the case of John Romeril, Jun, versus Clement Bisson, Jun, the former prosecuting the latter for having struck him violently. It appeared that the plaintiff and his family had persisted in passing through the defendant’s grounds, despite the warnings of the defendant.

The Court, not approving of the obstinacy of the plaintiff, was yet of the opinion that the extreme violence of the defendant, through which the plaintiff had been incapacitated from work for several weeks, was highly reprehensible and sentenced the defendant to £10 damages, and to the costs of the action.

New butcher
Tuesday 21 November

Mr John Binet, son of Edward, having presented a certificate given him by the Rector, Constable and Surveillants of Trinity Parish testifying that he had served his apprenticeship to become a butcher, according to law, was duly licensed as such.

House of ill fame
Friday 24 November
Before the Bailiff and Jurats Le Gallais and Arthur

The Constable of St Helier placed at the Bar one Elizabeth Thomas who he had arrested on the complaint of several inhabitants of Dumaresq Street, that she kept a house of ill fame, in which the public peace was nightly violated by those of both sexes who frequented it.

The Court ordered her to be sent back to her parish in England for her future good and peaceable conduct.

Visit of French warships
Tuesday 21 November

The French war steamers Flambeau and Passe-Partout left Victoria Harbour on Friday morning.

Their officers, it is understood, have accepted invitations to several balls in the Island; which will, doubtless, soon again be visited by the gallant gentlemen, who are said to have been delighted with their late kind reception in Jersey.

Friday 17 November
Before the Bailiff and Jurats E L Bisson, P W Nicolle, Bertram, Le Couteur, Pelgue, Le Gallais and Arthur
Infanticide charge dismissed
Juror did not understand English

Elizabeth Williams, found guilty of infanticide by the petty jury of St Helier’s, was placed on trial before the grand jury, composed of Principaux of St Helier’s, St Saviour’s and Trinity.

The Attorney-General read the verdict of the petty jury of St Helier’s, the act of the court granting appeal to the Grand Jury, and the depositions of witnesses.

After able pleadings from Mr Advocate Godfray for the prisoner, and in reply from the Attorney-General, the Bailiff, in his charge, which lasted half an hour, brought before the jury the whole of the facts upon which both the defence and the accusation were founded.

The jury then retired to their room and, after an absence of 40 minutes, the foreman announced that there was a division amongst the jurymen; and the Bailiff, on taking the opinion of each, declared that there was a majority in favour of a verdict of “more guilty than innocent”, which verdict was accordingly returned, accompanied by a recommendation to mercy.

Advocate's intervention

Mr Advocate Godfray then demanded an arrest of judgment as one of the jury, not comprehending English, had not understood several of the depositions and citations, which were given in English. The Attorney-General argued that as Mr Godfray knew that fact, he ought to have provided against such an occurrence.

The Bailiff consulted the Bench, who were unanimously of the opinion that the verdict given by the Grand Jury in the prisoner’s case was not receivable as one of the jurors was ignorant of the English language.

The Bailiff then informed the prisoner of the circumstances of her trial and concluded by stating that the Court declared her to be dismissed from the charge brought against her. She was then ordered to be set at liberty.

This judgment was received with a murmur of approbation from those present in the Court.

Ladies’ Assembly Rooms
Tuesday 28 November

The Ladies’ Assembly Rooms, we are requested to state, will be closed on the 2nd of December next, until such time as a larger number of ladies shall become subscribers, thereby enabling the proprietress to reopen them.

Knocker stealing
Tuesday 5 December

The stupid and disgraceful practice of knocker stealing has, during the last week, been resumed by certain ‘gentlemen’ (who are partly indicated to the Police) in St Helier.

Almorah Crescent, Egerton Place, Brunswick Place etc have already suffered from this abominable nuisance.

We beg to inform these very practical jokers that Captain John P Need of the Rifles, at present stands committed at Bristol under a charge of felony, for a trick not a whit unlike or more foolish then their own.

Church bells silent
Tuesday 5 December

The chimes of St Mark’s Church were kept silent on Sunday last, in consequence of the illness of a gentlemen resident in its immediate neighbourhood. The Very Rev the Dean kindly permitted this very considerate arrangement.

Butter sellers
Tuesday 5 December

We would call the attention of the Market Constable to the inconvenience experienced by the public from two butter vendors being suffered to stand, one on each side, in the narrow doorway leading from the pork market to the general market at the Halkett Place end.

They should be compelled to station themselves outside and not in the very gangway itself.

Doctor performs eye operation
Friday 15 December

A very delicate operation was performed last Wednesday evening upon a poor man (a miller by trade) at Mr McLaren’s, Chymist, 41 Bath Street.

The operation consisted of the removal of a piece of steel which had embedded itself in the ball of the eye and had been there some few days.

The poor man mentioned the case to Mr McLaren, who suggested surgical aid as soon as possible.

Dr Sherwood, happening to call at the same time, examined the eye and kindly offered to extricate it.

The piece of steel was most dextrously dislodged by him, to the great joy and comfort of the suffering individual. Several persons witnesses the operation and warmly congratulated Dr Sherwood upon his skill and urbanity. We are happy to state that the poor man is now enabled to attend to his usual duties.

Two soldiers drowned
trying to reach castle
Tuesday 21 November

An inquest was held at Mr Phil Marett’s inn on the Esplanade at three o’clock, on the body of Robert Drean, aged 30, one of the artillerymen stationed at Elizabeth Castle, who, on Friday evening was drowned while attempting to cross over from the Harbour to the Castle, the boat in which he tried to effect the passage having, it is supposed, struck against the new works and upset; the weather being exceedingly tempestuous at the time.

A verdict of 'found drowned' was returned.

From the Esplanade, the Jury repaired to Elizabeth Castle to enquire into the cause of death of George Quenlevan, aged 28, a soldier of the Depot 54th Regiment, who, on the same night, was overwhelmed by the waves in rashly crossing to the Castle, and drowned, despite every effort of some of his comrades, who beheld the accident, to save him.

A verdict of 'accidentally drowned' was returned.

Narrow escape for two others
Friday 15 December

At about 4 o’clock on Monday evening last, Mr Adam Blandy, of the Esplanade, saw two soldiers of the Depot 54th Regiment, in a state of intoxication, crossing the Castle Bridge whilst the tide was rapidly coming in.

One of them had fallen on his face and his comrade was evidently too drunk to raise him.

Mr Blandy, with a prompt humanity which does him honour, immediately sent two of his workmen to their rescue and a messenger to Mr Centenier Robilliard to inform him of the circumstances, very naturally fearing that the soldiers would again attempt to regain their quarters at the Castle.

Mr Robilliard, whose exertions in the public service as a leading Police Officer have so greatly contributed to the safety and good order of the Town, and so highly entitled him to the thanks of the community, as speedily as possible responded to Mr Blandy’s summons; and, on arriving, found that the rescued drunkards had betaken themselves to an inn in Cheapside where they were drinking and still contemplating the passage, at all hazards, of the fatal bridge.

The Centenier, of course, arrested them, and lodged them in the Hospital; sending, we believe, a notification of the fact to Fort Regent, whither they were removed by a picquet between the hours of 10 and 11 o’clock.

Housing issues in St Helier
Tuesday 28 November

The open drain in Horatio Court, off Hilary Street, is in a very offensive state. We hope the authorities will at once appraise the landlord of these thickly-populated tenements in order that such a sufficient sewer may be made into the street drain as will carry off all the deleterious matter.

The occupants of the hovels in Brighton Place, La Motte Street, are living in the middle of a tainted atmosphere, occasioned by the accumulation of offal of every kind, which is nightly thrown on the premises.

These houses should be shut up or pulled down if sufficient conveniences be not built for the numerous weekly tenants who reside there.

The state of the houses and lanes between Roseville Street and the Rope Walk is bad in the extreme, including the abodes of about 50 families whose tenements are little better than pig-styes.

Tuesday 12 December

We understand that no less than 400 couples have been separated quant aux biens by the Royal Court of Jersey during the last ten years. It is reported that an alphabetical list of them is about to be published.

Bigamy case: Church clerk called to give evidence
Friday 15 December

Mr Ph Mauger, Clerk of the Town Church, is gone to England, a second time, for the purpose of giving evidence in a prosecution instituted against a lady who married a very rich man in Jersey, but who, it appears, had a first husband living in England. Mr Mauger has been called to identify the lady’s person, he having officiated as Clerk at her marriage in Jersey.

Death of Charles II beneficiary
Tuesday 5 December

In the fire which occurred about a fortnight since in Union Court, St Helier, the tools and other property of Mr Joseph James Pendrel were unfortunately totally destroyed, and all uninsured.

In consequence of the excitement and exposure, he contracted a severe illness, which terminated fatally on Tuesday last.

J J Pendrel was a lineal descendant of George Pendrel, to whom, and to his heirs, Charles II, in the course of his reign (freely) granted, by Letters Patent, the proceeds of certain properties in acknowledgement of services rendered to His Majesty during his misfortunes.

The deceased was in the receipt of about £60 per annum as his share of the above grant. As he died without issue, the annuity passes to a brother, resident in America.

Stolen watch
Tuesday 21 November

A Frenchman, who on Thursday evening last, made the acquaintance of a lady of doubtful character, near the Weighbridge in St Helier, found, on quitting her, that she had also become enamoured of his watch.

The only description he could give of her to the Police was that she was ‘both dirty and ugly’.

Died of reading
Tuesday 21 November

A few days since, an inquest was held on the body of an aged Englishman named Quidden who, on the previous Saturday evening, was found dead in his lodgings in Beresford Street, St Helier.

From the evidence, it appeared that latterly the deceased had been subject to periodic fits of extreme stupor, of regular weekly occurrence, insomuch that he was suspected of being addicted to the baneful practice of opium eating.

The Jury, however, in cross-questioning one of the witnesses, ascertained that, at all times when the deceased was found labouring under his accustomed attacks, he grasped a newspaper in his hand, and that one lay beneath him when he was found lifeless on the floor on the Saturday evening preceding.

The name of the paper having also been deposed by several witnesses, the Jury unanimously, and without retiring from their places, returned the following verdict: ‘Died of reading the Jersey and Guernsey News’.

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