Jersey Times 1849 - 2

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9 March - 6 April 1849
Female servants
Friday 23 March

Some time since we brought under the notice of our readers the claims of, perhaps, the least cared for domestic class of domestic – female servants.

We now resume the subject as no active measures have been taken to improve the social and moral character of this most useful class

We are confident, however, that with very little trouble, the means now at work for other philanthropic purposes might be applied to the amelioration of domestic servants.

The visitors of the Parochial District Society are so well satisfied of the great want of a society for this purpose, that many of them are anxious to form a ‘Servants Friend Society’, and that all persons requiring female servants should obtain them through this Society, who will take care that none but those of good character are recommended.

Such a Society is now being formed and we will be able to lay its plans and regulations before the public.

There are in St Helier upwards of 1,200 female servants, the greater portion of whom are natives of the southern and western counties of England.

Arriving here without friends, they frequently are left uncared for and unheeded, and, when out of place, take up residence in localities of a very doubtful character thus their morals are corrupted and many turn out dishonest and intemperate, and thus become one of the banes of society.

We trust these few lines will draw the attention of the benevolent to the subject, and cause them actively to unite with the promoters of this deserving proposed institution for the amelioration of the condition of the female servants of St Helier.

Post Office notice
Tuesday 20 March

The contract for the conveyance of Her Majesty’s mails between the United Kingdom and Sydney, New South Wales, by packet, will terminate on the 29th inst.

All letters and newspapers for New South Wales and New Zealand, will, therefore, for the present, be forwarded by private ship.

The postage will be the usual ship letter rate of eight pence the half-ounce on letters, and one penny on newspapers, which passage must be paid in advance.

Notice of Sale - Commercial Sale Rooms, 31 Bath Street:

Mr James Johnson is favoured with instructions by W H Riall, Esq, to offer for sale by private treaty the elegant furniture, rich and nearly-new Brussels carpets, very superior feather beds etc in his residence, No 7 Almorah Terrace.

Also, a beautiful turn-out, comprising horse, phaeton and harness etc.

The whole of the above furniture is first-class and worth of the attention of purchasers.

Should these effects not be disposed of by private buyers, in one month of the present date, the whole will be sold by auction, of which due notice will be given.

The above property may be viewed by cards only, to be obtained at the offices of the auctioneer as above.


'Paints expected - Commercial Sale Rooms, 31 Bath Street:

Important notice to painters, shipbuilders, coach painters and the public in general.

Mr James Johnson is expecting per Sarnia London Trader, Capt Coker, a large consignment of paints of various colours, copal carriage and body varnishes, Prussian blue, patent driers etc, with other articles connected with the trade.

Time of sale and full descriptive catalogues will be prepared in due course.

Friday 9 March
Before the Bailiff, Sir Thomas Le Breton, and Jurats Pelgue and Le Gallais
Demolition of church pulpits

The Constable of Grouville placed at the Bar four journeymen cabinet-makers who were seized by him on Saturday the 24th of February last, while they were engaged in demolishing, in the parochial church of Grouville, the principal pulpit and one of the smaller ones.

According to the report read by the Attorney-General, it appears that on 21 February the parish meeting decided, by the majority of the President’s casting vote, to have the said pulpit and one of the smaller ones taken away, and during the same night, between midnight and one o’clock, Mr Henry Charles Bertram, one of the churchwardens, accompanied by Mr T O Lyle, went to carry into execution the decision of the parish meeting.


The Constable, having been informed that there was a light on in the church, went there and asked for the door to be opened; but admittance was refused him, and, having then broken one of the small windows, he was able to enter the church and then the doors had opened.

The following day the same scene was renewed when a parishioner, the proprietor of a pew in the said church, interjected the Clameur de Haro, which, however, did not prevent the aforesaid Mr H C Bertram from going down on the succeeding day, Saturday the 24th February last, into the aforementioned church, accompanied by the four workmen now at the Bar, and who were there seized by the Constable.

At the time they had sawn the floor and had knocked down the side of the principal pulpit nearest the wall, whilst one of the smaller ones was lying on the ground.

Advocate's plea

Mr Advocate Godfray, in a very able and lucid pleading, endeavoured to show that the Constable had not the right to seize the said workmen in the church and put forward the following plea: ‘That it is impossible to know from the report what they are accused of, they cannot be bound to plead thereto in its present form, neither have they done anything which can justify their seizure nor that any criminal proceedings be taken against them.’

The Attorney-General, having maintained that the Constable had but strictly done his duty, asked that the prisoners be compelled to plead to the report, which fully explained what they are accused of.

The Court, having retired to consider the subject, on returning to the Bench, postponed giving judgment until Saturday next, on Mr Godfray’s plea.

Husband demands
return of children
Before the Bailiff and Jurats Le Couteur and Picot
Friday 16 March

The Court, by the casting vote of the Chief Magistrate, ordered the serving of a remonstrance entered by the Attorney-General on behalf of Capt Frederick Belson, demanding the restoration of his daughter, 7 years old, and of his little boy, 3 years of age, which children his wife, who had quitted him and had commenced an action against him for separation, had taken with her to the residence of her mother.

Centenier re-elected
Before the Bailiff and Jurats Le Couteur and Picot
Friday 9 March

Mr Centenier Chevalier allowed himself to be re-elected a Centenier of St Helier on Tuesday last, on the understanding that every effort will be made for the creation of a Night Police. About 200 votes were complimentarily recorded in his favour.

Cost of housing the poor
Tuesday 20 March

The Hospital Committee met on Friday morning to fix the price payable by the parishes for each of their poor fed and housed in that establishment.

From an estimate of expenses, it appeared that the average cost of food for each pauper was 4½d per day, and the Committee accordingly fixed the rate for each person for food, accommodations etc at 6½d per day.

Count shot dead
Tuesday 20 March

The Count De La Moussaye, who was long confined for debt in the gaol of this Island, was, we understand, shot dead in a duel fought near Dinan a fortnight or three weeks hence, his adversary having been obliged to take flight in consequence.

The dispute which terminated in this fatal result arose, it is said, during a shooting excursion, in which both parties claimed the ownership of one particular head of game.

Informants offered half the fine
Friday 16 March

The Agent of the Impot, having reason to believe that smuggling is carried on to the injury of the revenue of the Island of Jersey, by the clandestine introduction of liquors subject to the Impot Duties, and being desirous to detect the said fraud if it exists, the said Agent of the Impots considers it his duty to make known to all persons, that, by virtue of Article 56 of the Law relative to the collection of the Impot Duties, whoever will give such information as shall lead to the discovery and seizure of wines or spirits thus fraudulently introduced, shall receive half of the amount of the net proceeds of the fine and confiscation.

Further, that, By Article 47 of the said law, the names of the parties giving such information will not in any way be made known, except to the principal Agent or to the Sub-Agent to whom the information shall have been furnished.

Clement Sorel, Agent to the Impot, Impot Office, Church Street, St Helier

NB: Names and residences of the Sub-Agents:

Messrs Ph Geo Huelin, 7 Pitt Street; Francis Le Gros, 4 Great Union Road; George Bisson, 4 Royal Square; John Corbel, 3 Chevalier Road.

Accidental death
Friday 23 March

On Monday, as a man named William Davy was employed in a quarry near the Archirondel mill, St Catherine’s Bay, a mass of rock detached itself from the top of the quarry and fell upon his left leg entirely severing it, rolled over his side and crushed his head to atoms.

An inquest was held on the unfortunate man’s remains on Tuesday, and a verdict of ‘accidental death’ returned.

The funeral took place in the evening of that day and was attended by a great body of his fellow workmen, in their clothes of toil, who, from St Catherine’s Hospital to St Martin’s Churchyard, where the body was interred, sang religious hymns in the most fervent manner. The scene was a very solemn and impressive one.

Harbour works
Friday 23 March

The large block of stone, cut and dressed, for the foundation of the lighthouse about to be erected on Victoria Pier Head, was carted there on Tuesday from the quarries at Mont Mado.

It is a very fine block of granite, 8 feet long, 6 feet broad, and 4 deep; it contains 172 cubic feet and weight upwards of 7 tons.

Meanwhile, the works on the New Pier are proceeding most satisfactorily, and a large quantity of filling from Gallows Hill is daily conveyed to the northern arm of the Esplanade.

The southern arm is fast proceeding to completion and, owing to the length of the slip, will form a most convenient quay for landing or embarking.

Outrage in St Helier
Friday 23 March

William Guy, Night Watchman at Halkett Place, reports that, at or about a quarter before 1 o’clock on the morning of the 20th inst, a gang of eleven persons knocked down a woman in that street, and took from her person some description of money.

They threatened the watchman, but, on springing his rattle he was immediately joined by McNulty, the watchman of King Street, when the ruffians decamped.

The Expedition to California
Tuesday 3 April
Four men from Jersey will soon be joining these prospectors in California

Speculations on Californian gold continue with more ardour than ever and have even extended to this island.

Yesterday morning, four of our countrymen – Mr David Le Neveu, formerly of the Mercantile Bank; Mr Philip De La Mare, son of the late Mr De La Mare, employed on the works of the harbour; Mr Rose, son of the proprietor of the Baths in St Clement’s Bay; and another gentlemen whose name we have not learned, embarked by the Packet for England to join an expedition about to leave London for the new ‘Eldorado’.

This expedition consists of twenty-four gentlemen who have chartered a vessel to carry them to California with a cargo.

Each of the 24 has, we are assured, deposited a sum of £800 for the purchase of the cargo, of which the profits will be equally divided. The vessel is fitted and armed as a store ship and is commanded by an old sea captain.

Among the associated company are ten retired navy officers, and it is agreed that those of the party who are not nautical men shall be daily exercised in the use of arms and serving the guns so as to be able to defend the vessel on her return, should she be attacked by pirates.

To ensure the fidelity of the crew, each sailor is to have an interest in the profits of the expedition; and if even this be not sufficient to prevent the crew’s desertion, the ten naval officers can, in any case, bring the vessel back to England.

Nothing, in fact, has been neglected and we unite in wishing every good fortune to the intrepid adventurers.

Letter to the Editor
The state of the streets of St Helier

In one of your valuable journals you notice the present state of the streets and lanes of St Helier’s, and truly state:

‘Racket-court Lane to St James’s Place, from its dirty and filthy state’ as requiring to be looked after.

There are several families of the lower order residing in several narrow dwellings, erected against the Racket-court wall, having no opening or ventilation whatsoever except from the windows and doors, for the malaria arising from that dirty lane, and a dung heap only a few feet distant from their window.

Is it not the duty of those in authority to afford their protection for the preservation of the health of that class of society, although they may not perhaps be conscious of their danger of disease from malaria?’

Friday 30 March

Yesterday the Petty Court of St Helier tried Pigeon for assault and highway robbery of H Huet, a French teacher, near his residence, the Pomme d’Or. He was found guilty and sentenced to ten years transportation.

Forging money
Friday 6 April

A discovery has just been made which leaves no doubt of the guilt of the man whom Mr Centenier Le Bailly arrested some weeks ago for having passed three false shillings in three different shops in St Helier.

On Tuesday afternoon, a Mrs Nuttall, living in Pier Road, not knowing how to account for the prolonged absence of one of her lodgers, thought it right to force open the door of his chamber, in which she found plaster, moulds and metal, and all the apparatus necessary for the manufacture of false money.

She immediately informed Mr Centenier Le Bailly. The woman has since identified the prisoner as her lodger.

Royal Square improvements
Friday 6 April

A remarkable improvement is about to be made to appearance of the Royal Square by the pulling down of a range of little shops underneath the Royal Saloon.

We are informed that Mr Philip Falle, the owner of these shops, proposes to have them reconstructed and has a plan drawn up by an able architect of the Island.

The character of the new buildings will, it is said, be one of great elegance.

Battle reports
from India
Friday 9 March

Lieut F A Jeune, of the 25th Regiment Native Infantry, brother of Dr Jeune, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, and ex-Dean of Jersey, was, we observe, slightly wounded at the disastrous Battle of Chillianwallah.


Lieut Meecham, Bombay, RA. This rising young officer, son of Capt Meecham, of Bagot, who was in command of two guns at the late gallant attack upon Mooltan, had his horse killed under him.

Boy’s foot crushed
Tuesday 20 March

As a gang of street gamins were playing in Halkett Street on Friday afternoon, a carriage passed over the foot of one of them and completely crushed it.

No blame rests with the driver, the boy having been pushed by his comrades under the very wheel of the vehicle.

Drunken soldier
Tuesday 20 March

A drunken soldier ran through part of the town with a drawn bayonet on Monday morning, threatening the lives of those he met.

He was at length struck, and deprived of his weapon by an English gentleman, and was eventually secured, bound and taken prisoner to Fort Regent.

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