Jersey Independent 1873 - 1

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2 - 5 July 1873
Saturday 26 June 1873
Before Mr Gibaut, Magistrate
Insults, insults and insults

Susan Saddler was presented by Centenier Renouf, of St Helier's, on a charge of having, on the previous night, at about half-past eleven o'clock, in Broad Street, grossly insulted John Murphy, one of the military police of the Royal Artillery, and with having thrown a stone at him, which struck him on the back.

The prisoner stated that the complainant had stolen a pocket handkerchief from her and that she did not know he was on duty when she insulted him. She had not been before the Court previously.

The Magistrate sentenced her to 24 hours imprisonment.


Abraham Le Huquet was presented by Centenier Le Huquet, of St Martin's, on a charge of having, on the 11th inst, without any provocation, insulted Nancy Cabot (Mrs Journeaux) when she was on her way to her work in the cemetery of the said parish church.

Several witnesses were heard and as the charge was borne out, the Magistrate fined the prisoner 10s, in default of payment, 48 hours imprisonment. The fine was paid.


Miss Jane Buesnel was presented by Centenier Renouf charged with having, on Saturday last, the 21st inst, insulted Mr James Aubin, chemist, in his shop in Halkett Place. She was also charged with insulting Jurat Aubin and the Centenier by whom she was arrested.

Dr C Le Vesconte Godfray produced a certificate to the effect that the prisoner was of unsound mind and should be detained in an asylum. After hearing evidence the magistrate sent the prisoner before the Royal Court and, considering that she was in a state of mental incapacity, he ordered her to be detained in the General Hospital till she was presented before the Court.


Sudden death – Mr Lesbirel, resident near the First Tower, St Aubin's Road, died on Thursday from the effects of a fit with which he was attacked on Wednesday while taking a walk. It is supposed that the fit was caused by the intense heat. The deceased was 64 years of age.


Counterfeit Sovereigns – Readers are cautioned against receiving counterfeit sovereigns, large numbers of which appear just now to be in circulation. They are represented as being of the same size as the genuine coin, but much lighter. One bears the Queen's head and the words 'Victoria Regina', the other side St Gaorge and the Dragon, and the words 'To Hanover – 1827'.


Lottery veto – It would seem that the Privy Council has refused the petition which some of the inhabitants of Jersey had addressed to it, praying it to over-rule the veto which the Bailiff of the island had placed on the projected lottery for the relief of the shareholders of the Mercantile Bank. We cannot doubt that the good sense of the island will approve the refusal.


Committee of Surveillance – This committee met on Wednesday to inspect the level-crossings and bridges on the Jersey Eastern Railway. They met Mr Edward Mourant, the chairman of the directors, and Mr Spencer, the engineer, at St Heliers and proceeded by special train as far as Gorey and returned by the same means. The greater number of crossings and bridges appeared to meet with the approval of the committee, and but few minor alterations were ordered to be made.

Savers rushed to cash in their Joint Stock Bank notes
Run on two Jersey banks:
Joint Stock Bank suspended

A great money panic has taken place, and the public mind was very much agitated on Thursday, more especially at St Helier's, by the Jersey Joint Stock Bank having unexpectedly suspended its payments at a quarter to 11 o'clock on that morning, owing to the great run on the bank since Monday morning last for cash payments in exchange for their £1 notes and for deposits. [1]

Consequent on the pressure being so very great, the Manager and Directors of that banking establishment were compelled to stop payment, and accordingly the following notice was posted on Thursday at the windows inside of the bank office in Broad Street and Conway Street: 'Closed till further notice. Particulars this evening.' The following are the particulars mentioned in that notice, which we hasten to publish in order to quiet the public mind:

To the noteholders and depositors of the Jersey Joint Stock Bank
"A rumour appears to have been circulated on Saturday that the banks of this Island, but more especially the Jersey Joint Stock Bank, were deeply involved in the suspension of the Paris house of De Lisle and Co. This report, as false as it was malicious, had the effect of creating mistrust in the minds of the holders of the Jersey Joint Stock Bank notes, which for the time, in order to satisfy the demand for currency created by the potato trade, were circulating in somewhat larger numbers than usual. Since Monday the Bank has been pressed by holders demanding their instant payment in specie, whilst at the same time many depositors have been applying for the prompt repayment of their deposits. Under these circumstances the bank finding itself suddenly and unexpectedly exposed to this double pressure, has been under the painful necessity of provisionally suspending payments. The Board deem it their duty to inform the public that the notes in circulation amount to 30,902, and to add that the resources of the bank are amply sufficient to meet all its engagements."
ELIAS NEEL, Chairman
P B MOURANT, Manager

The doors of the Joint Stock Bank were besieged with inquirers yesterday, but nothing could be decided until the meeting of shareholders in the afternoon, which, in the event, agreed to maintain the suspension of the bank's business until Friday next, pending the production of a report by the Board

English and Jersey Union Bank
next to get into difficulties

The panic which seized the public on Thursday on the suspension of payment by the Jersey Joint Bank becoming known, continued yesterday but with increased force, and an extensive run was made upon nearly the whole of the local banks.

The English and Jersey Union Bank, however, seemed to be the object of the attack, if the expression may be used, for as soon as the bank was opened yesterday, a run upon it commenced.

This continued all the morning and a state of feverish excitement prevailed throughout the town. But little, if any, business was done anywhere outside of the banks, and tradespeople and others congregated in groups to converse about the crisis, and to speculate upon the chances of other banks suspending payment on account of the heavy run upon them.

Outside the English and Jersey Union Bank an immense crowd congregated, and remained there throughout the entire morning. Inside the bank the scene was one of intense excitement, and noteholders seemed, for the nonse, to have gone wild.

The approaches to the bank were crowded and when persons had succeeded in obtaining admission to the bank, they experienced almost as much difficulty in leaving it.

Persons with bundles of notes of all sizes pressed for immediate change, and to the credit of the bank be it said that every claim was promptly met and the notes were immediately changed.

When the excitement was at its height persons were seen standing on the window sills inside of the banks, and one man is known to have jumped upon the counter in his eagerness to dispossess himself of his notes and to possess himself of hard cash.

Noteholders pressed in hundreds for their notes to be changed, but the only difficulty among the officials seemed to be that they were unable to perform the mechanical operation of changing the notes fast enough to suit the impatience of the holders, and not that there was any shortage of money.

As the afternoon advanced confidence seemed to be restored, or the whole of the notes had been changed, for when the bank closed at 4 o'clock there was not a single applicant for cash.

Everybody possessed of notes seemed to rush for the purpose of having them changed, probably forgetting that by making a run upon a bank they were involuntarily bringing about the very crisis which they wished to see averted.

Cheap satisfaction

Mrs Parker, of herculean proportions, was presented at the Court of Correctional Police by Centenier Blampied of St Helier's charged with having assaulted Louisa Colan on Friday afternoon last.

Both the complainant's eyes were blacked and her face was much swollen. her evidence went to show that the prisoner had struck her without any provocation.

The prisoner, however, asserted that the complainant insulted her and struck at her, and she then gave her the blow which caused the black eye.

The Magistrate fined the prisoner 10s.

The prisoner paid the fine with a laugh and then said: 'That is cheap when one has had satisfaction.'

The Magistrate: 'If you think it is too cheap I can easily raise the amount. I should have fined you more had I known how cheap you thought it. (Laughter) But mind I make you an injunction not to assault the complainant any more. If you do I can assure you the punishment won't be so light.

The prisoner the left the court congratulating herself on having had 'satisfaction' and upon having got off so easily.

1 July 1873
Before John Hammond, Esq, Bailiff, and Jurats Neel, Aubin, Marett, du Heaume, Gruchy, Le Montais and Picot
Five years penal servitude for recidivist

Theodore Margrie, who had pleaded guilty before Jurats Aubin and Picot of having, on the 3rd, committed a serious assault on Jane Mourant, stolen from Mr William Webb a golden chain during the night of the 4th, and robbed then a quantity of potatoes and vegetables on two different farms, was presented to hear his judgment.

The Solicitor-General demanded that, as the prisoner was a recidivist, having already een punished nine times for robbery, burglary and assault, he be sentenced to five years penal servitude.

Advocate Baudains, counsel for the prisoner, pleaded in mitigation, alleging that he had struck Jane Mourant as she had been the cause of his having been incarcerated during a year. The prisoner had been presented four times only, before the Royal Court, whatever might have been his punishment by the Court of Correctional Police.

He would never have committed any kind of robbery whatever if he had been enabled to find something to do. To prove that he was desirous of working, and of becoming a useful member of society, he has asked Mr Falle, the Constable of St Helier's, to work on his fishing establishment at Newfoundland, but he had not succeeded. He would willingly return to his native land and he thought that an imprisonment of a few months would be proportionate to the crime he had committed.

The Solicitor-General maintained his conclusions for five years penal servitude, and observed that the prisoner had been living in adultery with Jane Mourant; that on the same day he was last liberated from prison his brother offered to take him to his house, but that he had decamped and had that very day recommenced his system of robbery.

The Court granted the Solicitor-General's conclusions for five years penal servitude.

Jersey Summer Races
  • Stewards: Col Pipon RA, Lieut-Col Meggridge RE, Major Harvey SOP, and Mr Ed Mourant
  • Judge: Mr Lerrier Godfray
  • Honorary Secretary: Mr F C Lane
  • Clerk of the Course: Mr J K Haire
  • Starter: Mr Thos Le Sueur

Although fine weather attended the first day of the Jersey Summer Races on Wednesday, the attendance was acknowledged by all to have been not nearly so numerous as on the first day of former years. This may be due to many reasons; but the fact was undoubtedly so.

At an early hour this morning the weather was gloomy, but it only foreboded heat, as the day, when it was further advanced, proved.

On the Common [2]a fresh breeze came from seawards and it tempered the glare of the sun, which would otherwise have been uncomfortably felt this afternoon.

Though the company was rather small, it was select; and there was a more than ordinarily good show of carriages lining each side of the course. The fair occupants of these carriages, attired in their many-coloured and gay summer costumes, together with the miscellaneous and ever-moving throng, made the scene pretty as well as animated.

The coachmen and livery stables keepers of the town, as usual, reaped a plentiful harvest, and probably it will be their last, as doubtless next year the Jersey Eastern Railway will convey the majority of the public to the scene of the races.

It was to be regretted, for the company's sake, that the line was not completed sufficiently to enable them to convey passengers to the races this year, but various circumstances have arisen to make them more backward in the construction and opening of their line than was contemplated.

On the road this morning the ride to the course was extremely pleasant, there being but very little dust and the appearance of the country being most beautiful.

On the return journey in the evening crowds of people assembled at various corners to witness the equipages and pedestrians return, and the gamins were as vociferous as ever in their cries for 'odd coppers', but everything passed off quietly and so far as we have been able to ascertain, without accident.



Notes and references

  1. The Jersey Joint Stock Bank was a Methodist concern in which the chapels and most of their members kept their money. Banking problems had surfaced earlier in the year with the closing of the doors of the Jersey Mercantile Bank on 1 February
  2. Grouville Common
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