Jersey Times 1848 - 15

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19 December 1848 to 30 January 1849
Tuesday 19 December 1848
Before the Bailiff, Sir Thomas Le Breton, and Jurats P De Ste Croix and P W Nicolle
Stole rabbits and fowls

The Court condemned to eight days solitary confinement, the last two on bread and water, a lad named Edgar Brown, whose brothers had placed him with several trades, but he would not continue with any.

He was arrested by the watchman of Clarence Road while he was carrying a sack containing two live rabbits and two dead fowls, which he had stolen from the gardien of the Victoria promenade.

He was presented to justice by Mr Centenier Chevalier. Brown is to be sent to his parish.

Friday 12 January 1849

Before the Bailiff, Sir Thomas Le Breton and Judges Bisson and De Ste Croix
Banishment ordered

The Court condemned to a fortnight imprisonment with hard labour, James Botterell, who pleaded guilty to having stolen from Mr Ereaux’s property, Town Mills, two shirts hung out to dry.

After the expiration of which term he is to be banished, with his family, from the Island for five years.

To be sold or let

The goodwill in a first-rate business in the baking and grocery trade, established upwards of 12 years and producing upwards of £3,000 per annum.

The business carried on at this establishment is of first-rate character, and the sales average £70 per week.

The present proprietor will guarantee to any purchaser £500 per annum, from his own connexion.

The consumption of bread alone by the customers of this house is from 20 to 30 sacks of flour per week.

For further particulars, apply to Mr Robert Brown, No 20 Queen Street.

Situation vacant

Wanted as Nursery Maid, an active young woman who can have an unexceptional character. Apply at No 2 Almorah Crescent.

Parlour Boarders

A married lady, residing in Jersey, wishes, after the ensuing vacation, to receive four young ladies as Parlour Boarders, to instruct in the various accomplishments and usual branches of an English education.

The above is a desirable opportunity for those parents who would wish their children to be placed where the number is select, and, also, where no pains will be spared to render tuition both efficient and pleasing.

Address, by letter, to M R, Jersey Times Office, when name and address will be forwarded.

Bound for Ceylon
Friday 5 January 1849

The Indian, Captain C Perchard, bound for Ceylon, left the Port of St Helier at about half past 11 o’clock on Tuesday morning, amid the cheers of an immense throng of spectators assembled on the piers to witness her departure, which the Captain acknowledged by a ‘salute of eight’.

She had a merry party on board, who took leave of her in the roads. The Indian is a splendid new vessel, and the cost of her construction exceeded ten thousand pounds. She carries four guns. She is the property of Mr Pellier of Wharf Street, St Helier.

Launch of the Courier
Friday 12 January 1849

A very fine barque, the Courier, was launched from the yard of Messrs Esnouf and Mauger on Wednesday morning at a quarter past six o’clock.

She went off the stocks in fine style and floated gallantly into the bay whence she was towed into the old harbour, it being high tide.

Owing to the stormy state of the weather, she did not arrive at the pier until 9 and had two hawsers ahead and one astern before she could be hauled in properly.

She is of 300 tons burden, is built of the best material, and is intended for the South American trade.

Spring launch for ship
Friday 29 December 1848

A very fine vessel, of 300 tons, built by Messrs Esnouf and Mauger, at the foot of Patriotic Place, is now in a great state of forwardness and will be launched next spring.

She is a first-class vessel and does great credit to the workmen employed in her construction.

Death of old sailor
Tuesday 23 January 1849

An old sailor, named Amice Blampied, was buried in St Saviour’s on Friday. He had served in several British men-of-war and in one action against the French he lost a leg.

For the last 40 years he had received a pension of a shilling a day.

Sailor lost at sea
Friday 12 January 1849

The Crapaud, Captain Alexandre, for which much anxiety has been felt, arrived at our port on Monday last from Shippagan after a tedious voyage of 40 days.

Her mate, Mr George Vicq, of La Rocque, fell overboard and was drowned on the 16th. The Captain leapt into the sea after him and succeeded in holding him above water for four or five minutes, but the raging sea and exhaustion at length compelled him to leave the unhappy man to his fate. Mr Vicq had been only a year married.

State of the streets
St Helier in the mid-19th century, viewed from Almorah Crescent
Friday 26 January 1849

A correspondent writes to us as follows:

The constant damp and rainy weather of the past month has made the streets of the town in such a dreadfully dirty state that they may be said to be impassable to foot passengers. It is not the fault of the road-makers but of the street cleaners of which I, with many others, complain.

The paved streets, the mackadamised streets, the unmade streets, are all in the same pickle; the roadway covered with mud, the footway slippery and covered with sooty mire; and the water tables either obstructed or full of sediment.

Why not employ a portion of the able-bodied men now out of work and receiving parish relief or subsistence from charitable funds, in cleaning the pathways, scraping the roads and cleansing the crossings?

These are real temporal necessities; but, if all of the town, at least that part of it so much improved by the thorough drainage, were to be regularly paved, in a similar way to Hue Street, what an advantage it would be!

Or if the plan first adopted were carried out, of putting down broken stone, as it is in Val Plaisant and Windsor Road, instead of to please the whims of a few householders, covering the stones with clay to make them set - the very cause of the dirt, nuisance and inconvenience in the great thoroughfares of the town.

Death of 1781 veteran
Tuesday 26 December 1848

Another veteran of 1781, Mr Francis Alexandre, died at his residence at St Peter’s Parish on Thursday last at the age of 90 Years.

He was one of the Grenadiers of the South-West Regiment at the time of the French invasion on 5 and 6 January 1781.

In passing with his company near the Guardhouse in the Royal Square, which was occupied by the French, he boldly attacked the officer commanding the enemy’s guard, wounding him with his bayonet and carried off his sword.

The seafront at St Aubin as it looked in 1848
Thieves at work in St Aubin
Tuesday 9 January 1849

Some thieves have recently been carrying on their operations with success in St Aubin. During the past week they succeeded in abstracting from the shop of Mr Coudray, grocer, in that town, a box containing a quantity of tea and several, what they no doubt supposed to be, loaves of sugar, but which were really pieces of wood shaped and painted in imitation. On Saturday night, two damask table covers were stolen from the garden of Mr Le Brun, near the beach. We trust that these scoundrels will not eventually escape the vigilance of the police.

Public Accounts passed
Friday 26 January 1849

The committees of the Defence of the Island and of Surveillance met on Tuesday in the court house and spent several hours in the examination and passing of the Public Accounts. Subsequently both committees dined together at the British Hotel where they were served with a sumptuous repast in Mrs Almond’s well-known excellent style of landladyship. The Bailiff was in the company.

Gifts for schoolchildren
St Mark's Schools
Friday 29 December 1848

The rewards to the children of St Mark’s Schools, consisting of books, clothes etc, were distributed by the minister and committee on Tuesday last.

The sight was a very interesting one to the numerous visitors and friends who attended.

The scholars now amount to 240 and are nearly equally divided between the boys’ and girls’ schools.

These schools, since their establishment in 1845 have been a great blessing to the neighbourhood, and many a poor child, whose education was neglected and who was without any religious instruction, has since that period been looked after, and so brought up that a marked difference is now visible in the character of the children of the district, as all those who attend the day-school are expected also to be present at the Sunday School, which they do without any annoyance to the members of the congregation.

The training of the infant mind on the principles of the Bible in these schools is mainly conducted by Mr and Mrs White, the Master and Governess of the institution.

National School
Tuesday 26 December 1848

The children of the National School received the rewards of clothing on Thursday afternoon.

They were distributed by Mrs Major Simmons and several other members of the Committee.

Mr Marsh, the master of the boys’ school, recommended 44 boys for prizes; and Miss Hartle, the governess of the girls’ school, 19 girls.

The attendance during the quarter has been, in the boys’ school, 210 out of 234; and in the girls’, 149 out of 160.

This institution deserves to be more generally known; a good religious education is therein given, with such secular instruction as will be useful in after-life.

Christmas market
Tuesday 26 December 1848

We were highly gratified on Saturday by the display of every sort of food in the beef, pork and general markets.

The beef, we think, was superior to that of any previous year especially in the stalls of Messrs Watts, Le Sueur, Blampied and several others, the whole of which exhibited beef which, for quantity and quality could scarcely be exceeded.

The show of pork was excellent; among those most highly to be praised were two pigs bred by Major Bridgham, fourteen months and half old, fed by J West; also three fattened by Mr De La Faye and bred by Mr Thoreau, of Grouville, only nine months old; together with two of the Essex breed, ten months old, fed by Mr Lancashire; none of which could be exceeded by any feeder in England.

The show of poultry, of all birds, was very good; turkeys were of a large size, and geese well fed, both in the market and at the poulterers, and it was difficult to say whether Mr Price or Mr Shayler had the advantage in numbers of turkeys, geese, capons, fowls, hares, pheasants, ducks and wild fowl.

The fruit and vegetables must not be forgotten, although the sharp frosty weather took off from the latter; still, celery and cauliflowers were abundant. The pears and oranges were of good quality and the former were of extraordinary size.

The attendance was excellent, and at 12 o’clock, we should think, little short of 1,000 persons were in the market, and there was a constant flow of visitors during the entire day.

Letter to the Editor
The beef monopoly

Sir, Permit me, through your medium, once more to draw public attention to the continued high price of beef in the market here.

It is a notorious fact that provisions of all kinds were never more plentiful than they are at the moment in France, the source from which the butchers derive their supplies.

The best beef there can be purchased at from 7 to 8 sous (3½ to 4d), and here we pay the exorbitant price of 7d.

If Free Trade, one of the greatest public boons of the present period, is encouraged in every other article, why is a monopoly sanctioned in beef? And is it justice towards other trades that exclusive dealing in that should be maintained?

I am, Sir, An Englishman.

Friday 29 December 1848

On Tuesday afternoon, 38 small casks of spirits were found hidden under the trees in the enclosure of Fort Regent at the top of Upper Pier Road.

The Customs House Officers, being informed of the circumstances, deemed it their duty to seize the goods despite the reclamations of Mr Centenier Chevalier, the Impot Agent, and retain possession of them in the Customs Warehouse pending a legal decision on the subject.

Meanwhile, a similar tub of spirits was picked up on the beach on Wednesday morning by one of the boatmen of the harbour.

Beggars arrested
Friday 12 January 1849

Mr Centenier Robilliard on Tuesday evening arrested and lodged in the Hospital two men found begging in the streets from door to door. They stated that they had come to work at St Catherine’s where they were promised it for next week.

Their families, it is supposed, are in the Island. Their pockets were full of bread and meat, doubtless supplied by the charitable.

Weather causes unemployment
Friday 12 January 1849

The present dull season of the year has thrown many industrious families out of work thereby reducing them to the necessity of being applicants for the charity of those who have enough and to spare.

We earnestly implore the public not to give the smallest relief to beggars but to send them to the district visitors of the Parochial Society who will enquire into the cases of every applicant.

Too long has St Helier been the receptacle of those who had rather beg than work, this demoralising the labouring class and obtaining the assistance only allowable to the industrious and honest labourer.

Wheats sold
Tuesday 23 January 1849

The Treasury Wheats of Grouville parish were sold on Thursday to Mr John Falle, Overseer, at 25 francs a quarter; and after the sale the parishioners dined together under the convivial presidency of the Constable.

Paupers sent away
Tuesday 23 January 1849

Fifteen paupers were removed from the Hospital on Thursday and Friday to their respective parishes – eleven on board the Jersey Packet for Plymouth, two by the packet to Southampton and two by the Speedwell for St Malo.

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