Jersey Times 1848 - 5

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9 May - 9 June 1848
Death of the Bailiff
Tuesday 6 June 1848
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It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Sir John De Veulle, Knight, the respected Chief Magistrate of the Island of Jersey; which melancholy event occurred on Thursday night last at Aylesbury, at the house of his father-in-law, Thomas Tindal, Esq; Lady de Veulle and the deceased’s eldest daughter being in attendance at the death-bed. Her Ladyship is left with nine children – five sons and four daughters – to bewail her and their irreparable loss.

The late Bailiff of Jersey was in his 50th year, he having attained the age of 49 on the 25 of April last. He was the only son of the late John de Veulle, Esq, formerly Greffier of the Royal Court of this Island. He was appointed to the Jersey Bar in February 1819; was unanimously chosen as Jurat in September 1827; and nominated by the Crown, Bailiff of Jersey, in February 1831.

Whatever may be the diversity of opinions upon the merits of our late Chief Magistrate as an Advocate, a Judge, a Legislator, and as President of the States of Jersey, of his uprightness as a public man, and of his amiability and benevolence in private life, there is, we are sure, but one unanimous sentiment of admiration and esteem everywhere prevalent in the Island, where his decease will be universally regretted, and where his memory will long be cherished by all classes with feelings of the most sincere regard.

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ROYAL COURT
Tuesday 16 May 1848

Mollie Malzard, the famous, was on Friday condemned by the Royal Court for stealing a cloak from the passage of Mrs Barratt, her 10th or 12th offence of this same kind. This woman ought long ago been sentenced to transportation.

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Alger and his wife, the tenants of the house in Mulcaster Street which, there is much reason to believe, was wilfully set on fire on Thursday morning last, have been committed to gaol upon suspicion of arson for the purpose of defrauding the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company.

The furniture was insured by Alger for £200, and not above £5-worth was on the premises, the rest having been removed before the fire to a house since identified by the Police.

The house lately inhabited by Alger belongs to a Mr Hicks (late of the Robin Hood public house, burnt down some time since) and is to be sold on Thursday for the benefit of Hicks’ creditors. Hicks and Alger are reported to be brothers-in-law.

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Friday 19 May 1848

Michael Nee appeared at the Bar to take his trial for having, in the month of February last year, attempted to commit a rape on the person of Mary Hefferon, a child of seven years of age. The case was heard behind closed doors. The Jury found the defendant guilty. Having appealed to the Grand Jury, he was remanded.

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Before E L Bisson Esq, Judge-Delegate, and Jurats Bertram and Arthur

A woman named Young was presented at the Bar to answer a report of Mr Centenier Le Bailly, accusing her of having stolen some linen which had been spread out to dry, the property of Mrs Mackenzie in Great Union Road. The prisoner pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.

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Correspondence
Friday 26 May 1848
The College Promenade

To the Editor of The Jersey Times

Sir, Taking advantage of the fine weather, I was yesterday tempted to pay a visit to the Victoria Promenade, Mount Pleasant, accompanied by some friends, who are strangers to the Island. You know what a delightful spot it is; and the setting sun contributed to the splendour of the prospect. There was a large sprinkling of the elite, and a military band exerting itself, to add harmony to the scene.

One serious drawback, however, existed to our complete enjoyment of the Promenade, in the number of lively and mischievous urchins, of both sexes, who are suffered to enter the grounds, and when there, to rush to and fro across your path, to the serious annoyance of every person, and especially inconvenient to the ladies.

It may be said that, being public property, there can be no exclusiveness, nor is that wished, but surely some kind of order might be maintained, without any diminution of the legitimate amusement of any party.

We did see one man endeavouring to repress the nuisance; but what was one among so many? If the Authorities wish the Promenade to be frequented by the respectable inhabitants, they should look to this.

Yours etc

A Lover of Nature

Caution to parents and nursemaids
Friday 12 May 1848

On Wednesday evening, as two little girls named De Gruchy were coming up Bath Street to Vauxhall, where they reside, a female asked to be directed to St Mark’s School.

The children accompanied her to the side gate where she took the cloak off the eldest one, telling her that she wanted it to put on a little girl who was left at the school sick and had a sore throat, and that she would return it when she came out.

The girls waited until they were tired and, on enquiring at the house, found that she had not been there but must have passed over the grass to the front gate and then decamped with it before any alarm was excited. This should induce parents to be very cautious with their children and not trust them with anything valuable or they will doubtless be duped by these base imposters.

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William Cuming
Tuesday 20 June 1848

Died, on the 16th inst, at his residence, Pier Road, St Helier, aged 63, William Cuming, Esq, RN. As a merchant, Mr Cuming was well known and esteemed for his integrity, punctuality and honourable dealing, while in the relations of private life, as a brother, husband, parent and friend, his conduct was exemplary.

He died a sincere and consistent Christian, leaving a widow and five children to deplore his irreparable loss, and many attached friends, to whom his liberality, hospitality and kindness of heart had greatly endeared him.

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Guest of the Queen
Tuesday 23 May 1848

The Viscount of Jersey, Col Le Couteur QADC, was, we observe, among the guests of the Queen at the Grand State Ball given by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace on Friday evening last.

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Victoria College
Tuesday 9 May 1848

Tenders for the erection of Victoria College will be received between this and the first day of June next, at noon, at the Greffier’s Office where the plans and specifications prepared by Mr Buckler, Architect, and approved by the Committee of the States and Administrators of the Impot, may be seen by intending contractors.

Tuesday 6 June 1848

The tenders (three only) for this building opened on Thursday last: one (Wakeham’s) was for £13,500; another (Mr Burke’s) £17,500; and a third (Messrs P Hotton and Co) £18,600, whilst the estimate of the architect was only £5,600! The College Committee will now, of course, refer the matter back to the States.

Friday 9 June 1848

The College Committee, it is said, have solicited His Excellency the Lieut-Governor to write to Mr Buckler, the architect, to inform him of the enormous difference between his estimate for the building and that of each of the three offering contractors, and to request his explanation thereupon.

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States sitting
Friday 12 May 1848

The States had been convened to meet at one o’clock yesterday to take into consideration what measures might be necessary to be adopted with respect to dogs, but owing to the members not meeting in sufficient number, the States adjourned after charging the expenses of the day to the absent members.

Melancholy case of hydrophobia (rabies)
Tuesday 9 May 1848

We have to report a fatal case of hydrophobia which has occurred in the Island. About seven weeks since, a dog, belonging to the house called Elysee, seeming to be ill, was let loose from his kennel to which he was usually tied, by the gardener, in the absence of the servant, with the notion of allowing him to take exercise.

The first use the animal made of his liberty was to bite his mistress three times on the arm and then he made off for the country. The servant, having returned, went in chase of him and traced him to Mrs Janvrin’s farm, occupied by Mr Jack Roulland and his wife, where he had bitten the hand of Mrs Roulland as she endeavoured to drive him out of her kitchen.

The servant subsequently found the rabid brute in an enclosure, took him back to Elysee, and tied him up again. During four days the dog grew worse and worse, and on the fifth was found dead, his head lolling out of his kennel. The servant, after having flayed him, buried the dog and sent the skin to Mr Gallichan’s tan-shed.

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Elysee House

All these matters were apparently forgotten, when, after 12 days since, Mrs Roulland began to feel a certain uneasiness in the hand, the pain gradually increasing, and on the night of the 1st it became so serious that Dr Brohier was sent for, who subsequently called Dr Hooper and Dr Knight; but the skill and attention of these considerable medical men were unavailing; hydrophobia was evidently present, the sight of any liquid was intolerable to the patient, the spasmodic attacks became more and more frequent and violent, and the poor lady at length expired on Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the most fearful agonies. Mrs Roulland leaves a widower and two young children to bewail her awful fate and their own irreparable loss.

We trust that this dreadful case will serve as a warning to the Local Authorities of the necessity of putting down that pest of ours which is the great nuisance of the town and environs of St Helier. Let the States put and enforce the payment of a tax upon all dogs with owners, and shall order the Police to cause all mongrels without owners to be taken and killed; and the public would then be speedily rid of an abominable and dangerous plague.

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St Helier Parish Assembly
Tuesday 6 June 1848

An assembly of the principals and officers of the Parish of St Helier was held on Friday last under the presidency of the Rev the Vicar, to pass the Churchwardens’ accounts and to elect church officers.

Mr H L Manuel, one of the retiring Churchwardens, presented his accounts, already examined and approved by a Committee, which showed a balance of £18 in favour of the Parish. He observed that, although the charge for the poor had unhappily increased, it had not done so in proportion to the increase of the population. In 1826, with a population of 15,000 souls, the expense was £831 11s 6d; in 1848, with one of 25,000, it would only be £1,238 9s 5½d.

The accounts having been passed, Messrs Charles Orange and Philip J D'Arthenay were unanimously elected Churchwardens for the year ensuing, Messrs Manuel and Rive having declined any long continuance in office.

The thanks of the meeting were then cordially voted to the last-named gentlemen for the zeal and activity with which they had discharged their onerous duties, the vote to be recorded on parchment and presented to them by the Rev the Vicar. The new Churchwardens were duly sworn into office yesterday morning.

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Correspondence to the Editor of the Jersey Times
The Boat Nuisance
Friday 9 June 1848

Sir, When I look around and notice the vast improvements that have been effected, and are in progress, throughout the Island - St Helier in particular – when I take into consequence its wealth, its increasing commerce, imports and exports, its numerous shipping and shop-building interests, its excellent harbours, its unequalled steamers etc, I am at a loss to conceive why that most absurd and disgraceful practice – the mail packets keeping, or hauling, off a length or two from the pier instead of going, or remaining, alongside of it for the passengers’ accommodation – is still so pertinaciously adhered to, that there is scarcely an arrival, but all persons on board - including, no doubt, delicate females, and others suffering from the voyage - must undergo the painful infliction of descending into boats ere they are permitted to touch the shore of Jersey.

Now it is a well-known fact that in England, Scotland and Ireland, piers have been built, and jettees carried out, for the express purpose of facilitating the embarking and landing of everyone who might be travelling by steam – it is therefore strange – “passing strange” – that on the completion of the Royal Victoria Harbour and Pier, the very reverse of this obtains to its fullest and most objectionable extent.

Surely no one desirous of the Island’s welfare could for a moment countenance a procedure which subjected its visitors to such unparalleled and degrading treatment – merely because that money should find its way into the pockets of the watermen.

I cannot, however, avoid being of the opinion that, if the respected and respective Captains were furnished with the means, and invested with unrestricted power, it would soon become apparent whether they would repeat their obnoxious conduct with impunity.

A remedy must, nevertheless, be applied to this evil of which I complain; and whatever the cause is removed, I feel persuaded that the effect produced will be highly acceptable to the visitors, and of unquestionable advantage to the Island of Jersey.

Yours etc

A British Resident

Smuggling by a woman
Tuesday 6 June 1848

Southampton Police: Rebecca Barter, the wife of a carrier residing in Jersey, was fined 19s for smuggling 7½ lbs of tobacco. In consideration of the defendant’s children, the Board of Customs did not press the heavy penalty of £100.

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Petition
Tuesday 23 May 1848

A petition is in course of numerous and influential signatures praying the States at once enter upon the subject of the establishment of a Daily Police Court and a Court of Requests. We trust that the prayer of the petition will be forthwith attended to by the Island’s legislature.

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Prince’s Tower
Tuesday 9 May 1848

W Wittle respectfully informs strangers and inhabitants that in addition to the former accommodations, he has added several others, sleeping and sitting rooms etc; the ancient history of the Tower; splendid view from its top embracing the whole Island and the coast of France and the beautiful walks around it, it is presumed as sufficient inducement for every person to pay an early visit.

Ladies and gentlemen liberally boarded. Omnibuses several times a day to and from St Helier, picnics, shooting and other parties provided for at the shortest of notice. The best quality wines, spirits, ales etc. An excellent ballroom.

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Watering
Tuesday 9 May 1848

The watering of town is continuing daily, much to the public discomfort during the present hot and dusty weather.

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Fresh carp
Tuesday 9 May 1848

About 50 fine carp were exhibited for sale in the Fish Market on Friday weighing from 2-6 lb. They were caught in St Ouen’s Pond.

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Bookkeeper wanted

Wanted, a bookkeeper in a mercantile house in the Island of Jersey. It will be useless for any person to apply for the situation who does not possess a perfect knowledge of Double Entry and has not had some years’ employment in a Mercantile Counting House. Address by letter to W T Blanchard.

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Carriage Emporium

Carriage Emporium, Peter Street:

W H Alexander (from Adams and Hooper’s, London), Coach makers to the Queen and the Royal Family

Begs respectfully to return thanks to the Nobility and Gentry of Jersey for their liberal patronage, and desires to intimate that he has a large collection of light and elegant carriages for sale, well suited to the Island, consisting of Landau and Coach Flys, Clarence and Brougham Chariots, Albert and Jersey Cars, Victoria, Albert and Cabriolet Phaetons, of the most recent designs and at prices considerably lower than those of any establishment in England.

NB: Repairs in all the branches of coach-making promptly and well executed, on moderate terms. Carriages let on hire, by the day, month and year.

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