Jersey Times 1848 - 4

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14 April to 9 May 1848
Friday 14 April 1848

The Constable of Grouville remarked that some time ago the learned Solicitor-General had suggested that it would be better to inscribe on the door of the States Chamber, ‘Here, nothing is done’. Latterly, meetings had been held to augment the number of representatives in the States; the people were becoming weary of their inertness and perhaps, if they continued it, the very same people would call for the dissolution of that assembly, and follow the system of other countries in demanding reform.

Groom wanted
Tuesday 18 April 1848

Wanted at Belle Vue, a single man as Groom who can drive a pair of horses. Applicants to produce a written character of good conduct to Col Le Couteur, Viscounts Office, St Helier.

Drainage costs
Tuesday 18 April 1848

To the Owners of Property bordering on the drains or sewers constructed in the Town of St Helier, under direction of the Committee of the States.

Those Proprietors who have not yet paid the proportion of the cost of the construction of the drains or sewers are requested to pay the amount thereof before 1 May, 1848, into the hands of the Treasurer of the States, who is authorised to recover the same without delay. Judicial proceedings will be taken out against the defaulters.

Target practice
Tuesday 2 May 1848

On Thursday several companies of the Town Militia battalion exercised at target firing at St Clement’s sands. The Grenadiers Company fired 450 balls, striking the mark 216 times. Mr Elias Falle carried off the first prize and Mr Benest the second. The Company No 3 put 209, and No 4 Company put 156 balls into the target – Captain Clement Hemery Jun, of the latter, giving £1 to the best marksman. No 5 Company hit the mark 136 times; and Company No 6, commanded by Mr Charles de Ste Croix, who gave a silver spoon as the first prize, struck the target 190 times. The Light Company put 227 balls in the target yesterday afternoon, being 11 more than the Grenadiers.

Highway robbery
and attempted murder
Tuesday 25 April 1848

On Thursday night last, between 9 and 10 o’clock, Mrs Matthews, who resides at St Catherine’s Bay, was returning home from Town and had got as far as the residence of General Touzel, opposite Government House, when she was attacked by two footpads, who knocked her down, plundered her of her watch, and cut off her pocket, in which was about one pound in money.

The scoundrels tried to stifle her cries by stuffing a pocket handkerchief into her mouth, but this not exactly succeeding, one of the infamous villains endeavoured to cut her throat with a knife.

Perceiving his horrible intent, the poor woman covered her neck with both her hands, and received a severe cut on one of them. Her shrieks at length brought a young man, who was passing, to her assistance and the two wretches took to their heels, and escaped by climbing over the fence of the avenue to General Touzel’s house.

Mrs Matthews was conducted to Capt Le Maistre’s inn, near St Saviour’s Church, where she was attended by Dr Padmore. The Police of St Saviour, on being informed of the robbery, and attempted assassination, immediately instituted a search for the perpetrators.

Manly action of a boy
Tuesday 25 April 1848

A Correspondent, who signs himself ‘Blue Jacket’ writes to us as follows: ‘Recently a paragraph appeared in one of the Island papers, of a man having saved the lives of two children who were surrounded by the tide on one of the rocks near Georgetown.

Now, Sir, I am an advocate for truth and justice in such statements. It was not a man who saved the two children, who certainly would have drowned had it not been for the gallantry and coolness of a young gentleman, Master Harcourt Carter, son of Major Carter, of Carlton House.

This brave little fellow, disgusted with the apathy of the man looking on, rushed into the water and, at great risk of his life, safely landed the two children on the beach when the person took them away to their home. Fair play, Mr Editor, render praise to those who merit it, and not to him who had not the spirit which young Carter had, to risk his life in doing a good action.’

Royal Court
Friday 21 April 1848

Before E L Bisson, Lieut-Bailiff and Jurats Le Couteur and Pelgue.

Mollie Malzard was presented at the Bar accused of stealing cloaks, umbrellas etc at different parts of Town. The accused pleaded guilty and was remanded.

Tuesday 2 May 1848

Before E L Bisson, Lieut Bailiff, and Jurats Bertram and Le Couteur

Mr Frederick La Cloche Nicolle has actioned Mr Edward Le Brocq to see himself condemned to pay the sum of £10 by way of damages for injuries done to the plaintiff on 19 March 1847 in taking some free loads of seaweed. The Court, after hearing witnesses, condemned the defendant to 12s damages and to the costs.

A young woman named Mack was placed at the Bar for having returned to the Island having been sent from here on account of pregnancy. She was condemned to eight days solitary imprisonment and to be afterwards sent to her parish settlement.

Tuesday 23 May 1848

Before E L Bisson, Esq, Lieut-Bailiff and Jurats Picot and Pelgue

J P De Ste Croix, Esq, Deputy Viscount, actioned P Le Sueur, Esq, as Constable of St Helier, for £58 18s being the expenses incurred on ten inquests held on paupers of St Helier during the last four years. The defendant pleaded that there was no law which compelled the parish to pay similar expenses. The Court were of the opinion that the parish was bound to pay the expenses, but the Plaintiff, having failed to prove that those persons designated in his account were such, the Court discharged the defendant from the action.

Joseph Vincent, accused of having fired off a gun at Richard Satchwell and P Jacquet, pleaded not guilty, and was liberated on his giving bail in the sum of £5 for his reappearance.

Credit warning
Friday 21 April 1848

Two sergeants of the 54th, with drawn swords, followed by two fifers and two drummers, playing lustily, paraded the Town on Tuesday, warning, according to custom, all publicans and others against giving credit to any private of the Depot, beyond the amount of one day’s pay – 13d. They were, of course, preceded and followed by the usual gang of noisy street-gamins.

Mail delivery
Friday 21 April 1848

The Lords of the Admiralty have given notice to the South Western Steam Packet Company, that the after the 27th instant, their steamers will no longer be required to convey the Channel Islands’ mail to and from Southampton, their Lordships having determined upon conveying the Post Office bags in Government steamers.


S E Angel, [1]Dyer, Scourer, Calico, Glazer and Hot-Presser Begs to inform the public generally that he has opened his Establishment at 2 Olympic Place, Bath Street, St Helier, Jersey, where he hopes, by his moderate charges and punctuality, to merit a share of their patronage.

S E Angel, having learnt the business from his father, who has been established for the last 20 years in Guernsey, is competent to undertake every department of ladies’ shawls, silks, cloths, crepes, cottons etc, cleansed and dyed in all colours and finished in the best styles. Bed and window furniture cleansed, dyed and glazed. Modern furniture cleansed, dyed and watered. Gentlemen’s clothes cleansed and renovated in the best manner. Black or other dark coloured cloths or silks extracted and dyed lighter colours. Ladies’ feathers cleansed, dyed and dressed. Mourning crepe dyed and dressed.

Pier quarrel
Friday 21 April 1848

A quarrel took place on the Pier on Sunday morning. Just as the Courier was taking her departure for St Malo one fellow brutally biting through the eyelid of his antagonist. The combatants were parted by the police.

Best coals

E De Gruchy and D Gaudin are now unloading per Flora a cargo of the best Wallsend Coals which they will sell for a reduced price for cash. Orders will be thankfully received at their yard, Hilary Street, La Motte or to Messrs Much and Co, Bakers, King Street.

Daring outrage and robbery
Friday 19 May 1848

One of the most daring and audacious robberies ever committed in the Island was perpetrated during the night of Monday to Tuesday last. The following are the particulars which have reached us, and which can be depended upon as accurate.

On Tuesday morning last, at about two o’clock, Mrs Cloak, residing with her mother, Mrs Anthoine, [2] in a cottage near the Tapon in the Parish of St Saviour, fancied she heard a noise in the house, and by way of precaution got up and barricaded the door of their bedroom. Shortly afterwards, the door was tried and Mrs Cloak, opening the window, jumped out into the garden, but had hardly stepped in when she perceived a man approaching her having his face blackened. She instantly drew back and returned into the room, where three fellows, having all their faces blackened, entered after her, and drawing out their pistols, threatened to shoot both mother and daughter if they uttered the least cry.

They immediately asked the alarmed inmates for money, plate and other valuables in the house, which was complied with, and Mrs Cloak was allowed to go alone and fetch the plate which was kept in an adjoining room, they knowing that she could not escape, as one of the robbers had been left outside in charge of the other door.

Mrs Cloak, taking advantage of this moment of liberty, hid her gold watch and a small quantity of money in the ashes under the grate. On her return, she gave the money and the plate to the villains, but they, being provided with a dark lantern, perceived some rings on her fingers and demanded them.

Threat to cut off her fingers

Not being able to remove them fast enough, one of the brigands threatened to cut off her finger if she did not hurry herself, and drawing a razor out of his pocket compelled her to fall on her knees and, unfastening the strings of her cap, told her he would cut her throat if she made the least noise.

The lady, nothing daunted, cried out: ‘Kill me, if you wish, but for the love of God, spare the days of my old mother.’ Mrs Cloak, having given up her rings, the three robbers bound the two ladies together with cords and proceeded to ransack the house from which they abstracted, besides the money, six silver soup spoons and twelve teaspoons. They then left the house, taking with them a bundle supposed to contain linen. On leaving they ordered the ladies not to stir or utter the least cry, for if they made the least noise for the next hour and a half they would return and shoot them like dogs.

The individuals spoke in English and seemed to be under the command of a leader. The unfortunate ladies remaining in this situation until nearly five o’clock in the morning, in the greatest dread of the return of their barbarous visitors, when Mr Thomas Filleul, passing by, seeing the door open, and hearing the cries, entered the house and liberated them. Mrs Anthoine was most dreadfully frightened and was so ill in consequence that her friends have been compelled to call in medical aid.

The police of St Helier and St Saviour have been in active pursuit ever since, and we understand that very strong suspicious are entertained of certain parties as being the probable authors of this diabolical deed.

Schooners missing
Tuesday 18 April 1848

We are sorry to hear that but the slightest hopes are entertained of the fate of the schooner Reaper, Captain Blampied, which left London for St Michael’s about three months ago and since then no tidings of her have been received. The same sorrowful fears are entertained for the cutter, Emerald, Captain Hartnett, which left St Michael’s for England about two months ago and of which no news has been received.

Friday 5 May 1848

We are sorry learn that most serious apprehensions are felt for the safety of the schooner brig Maria belonging to Captain John Le Bas. The Maria sailed from Cardiff for Lisbon on 6th February last, put in at The Mumbles and started from there on 13th February. Since then nothing has seen heard from her. The crew consisted of John Queripel, Captain; Francis Queripel, Mate; Deslandes, Satchwell and Frederick Le Quesne, Apprentice.

Union Hotel, Royal Square, St Helier, Jersey

Philip Jeune, Wine and Spirit Merchant, respectfully announces to the Ladies and Gentlemen visiting this Island, and the public generally, that the Union Hotel [3] possesses every requisite for respectable families on a moderate scale of prices. Board and Lodgings, at Table d’Hote, 5s (British) per day. Servants included.

Wines etc, warranted of the choicest quality.

London daily papers taken in.

Cars and saddle horses at five minutes’ notice.

NB: Hot baths and showers in the house.

Depot of prime Marsala and other wines, choice old port direct from the London docks.

Notes and references

  1. This was Samuel Ebenezer Angel
  2. They were 65-year-old Elizabeth Anthoine, nee Payne, the daughter of Philippe and Jeanne, nee du Fresne, and her daughter Ann Cloak (43). Elizabeth was the widow of Nicolas Anthoine, who died in 1827
  3. In the Royal Square where the former public library was built later
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