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1887 Articles and Other Items

24 February 1887, Thursday

Accident Abroad to a Lanner Man - A serious accident has befallen a young man named Arthur Penrose, who recently left Lanner for the Diamond Fields, South Africa. It will be remembered his two brothers were killed by a dynamite explosion some time ago. It appears that Penrose was blasting, and put in six shots, and on firing only five exploded. After waiting about 10 minutes he went back to examine the ground, when the sixth charge exploded, destroying one of his eyes, and seriously injuring the other, besides breaking one hand and one ankle.

St. Austell - The Late Capt. John Truscott - The funeral of Capt. John Truscott, for man years the underground agent of the Wheal Eliza mines, near St. Austell, took place at Charlestown on Saturday, and was attended by a large number of persons. The cortege included the employes of the mine, the agents and officers. The ceremony was conducted by the vicar (Rev. A.H. Ferris), and the Dead March in "Saul" was played on the organ by Mr. T.J. Bull, organist of St. Blazey Church.

The Electric Light At St. Austell - Messrs. Lovering and Co., of St. Austell, have been the first to adopt the electric light for the illumination of their works, so that the production of clay could go on uninterruptedly. For this purpose they employed Mr. Veale, of the St. Austell Electric Light Works, who on Monday last erected, at Lower Ninestone's work, the necessry plant for supplying 2 arc lights of 2,000 candle power each, the dynamo being driven from an engine near by. The result was most satisfactory, the brilliancy and steadiness of the light being such as to enable the men to work at night with as much expedition and convenience as by daylight.

Bude - The Living of Poughill - The Rev. Barton V. Mills, eldest son of Mr. Arthur Mills, Bude, has accepted the living of Poughill, near Bude. Poughill contains 1,700 acres, with a population of 399. Probable gross value of the living about 125 per annum. The Rev. T.S. Carnsew, who is promoted to the living of Constantine, near Falmouth, has been vicar of Poughill for 30 years.

The premises formerly occupied by the late J. Tinney, in Menacuddle-street, has been secured by the St. Austell Liberal Association for a club and reading-rooms. Tradesmen are busy making the necessary alterations, and we may soon expect the rooms open. Great credit is due to Mr. W.J. Nicholls for the interest he has manifested in the undertaking.

Accident at Bodman - Another accident of a serious nature occurred on Wednesday at Bodmin, by which a man employed in fixing a water tank for supplying water to the engines on the branch line of railway, in course of construction, had his thigh severely fractured. He was taken to the East Cornwall Hospital, and the doctor, on examination, pronouced the fracture to be a bad one.

Runaway Horses - A team of horses attached to a waggon, the property of Mr. Richard Veale, of Trevisker, St. Eval, bolted on Monday afternoon near Trekenning, St. Columb. The driver was thrown under the wheels and had his leg broken. The horses were shortly afterwards stopped, without doing any injury to themselves or the waggon.

Liskeard Borough Auditors - Mr. John Bone and Mr. Richard Ansel Courtney were nominated on Monday borough auditors for Liskeard.

Horse Accident at Liskeard - On Saturday as Charles Soloman, son of Mr. R. Soloman, of Dean-street, was crossing the kerb on horseback near his house, the animal by some means fell on the granite, and unfortunately for the young Soloman, who was thrown from its back, the horse fell on him, thereby breaking his leg just above the ankle. The sufferer, who is being attended to [by] Dr. Rendle, is doing as well as can be expected.

Tobacco to the front. At the last West Kerrier Petty Sessions it devolved on the magistrates to inflict a fine of 5 2s. on a man for having unlawfully in his possession a quantity of tobacco at Ruan Minor. Think you that that man was a "greater sinner" than others in the Lizard district? Let the case be stated. Some short time ago the S.S. "Suffolk" was wrecked at the Lizard. 300 tons of leaf tobacco formed part of her cargo. This commodity after wards strewed the coast for many miles round. Hundreds of persons, gentle and simple, masters and men. Churchgoers and non-Church-goers, pious and worldly, took more or less of the "narcotic weed," and appropriated it to their own use. It is an "open secret" that friends sent presents of it to friends; that it is openly used every day that "any amount" of it is still kept in hiding for future use. I have no sympathy with those who took it; I have no sympathy with those who gave it away, for it was not their own; I have no sympathy with those who use it, for I hold it to be a wrong practice; and I have no sympathy with the Government that makes capital out of a moral evil by leglising its sale, even though it be at a premium.

The Funeral of Mr. Blake - The funeral of Mr. R.P. Blake, outfitter, of Truro, took place on Sunday last, and his remains were followed to the grave by a very large number of friends. Mr. Blake had been an indefatigable worker in connection with St. John's Church, Truro, for many years past; and up to a, comparatively speaking, recent date he was superintendent of the Sunday School - the most successful Sunday School in connection with the Church in Truro. He was obliged to relinquish his position in consequence of declining health. Mr. Blake's death is sincerely regretted by a large number of friends. At the evening service at St. John's on Sunday last the Rev. John Brown, vicar, most feelingly referred to the death of Mr. Blake who had taken so warm an interest in the spiritual work in St. John's - especially Sunday school work - for many years past. The words uttered by the Rev. gentleman were listened to with great attention, and received with much reverence by the congregation, among whom the deceased was highly esteemed.

Helston - Labour at Wendron - Labour in Wendron parish is exceedingly slack, and present indication does not give much hope for the near future. Among the Rame and Carnkie stonecutters the work has not been so brisk as usual during the winter; and though, just now, one or two large contracts are being executed in Mabe and Constantine, the working men and children of Porkells and Carnmenellis have to travel five or six miles daily to their work at the foot of Carnkie-hill, near Redruth.

Attempted Suicide At Helston - John White, Bell Inn, brewer to Mr. J. L. Sleeman, attempted suicide, on Thursday afternoon, by cutting his throat. He had been very reserved for a couple of days, and on Sunday afternoon he "cleaned" himself, and after tea went to his bedroom, where his wife found him soon after leaning over a bedroom utensil bleeding freely from a wound in the left side of his neck. An alarm was raised, and Dr. Walter Wearne was speedily in attendance. On examination it was found that a knife stab had been made near the jugular vein, but the instrument had not penetrated the throat. Mrs. White had the presence of mind to press a cloth against the wound, and so prevented the flow of blood. On being asked by the doctor why he did the rash act White made no reply. He lies in a precarious state. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and family. The death of "Billy Ewards," the ostler, who recently died in White's arms, is thought to have seriously affected him.

At Christ Church, Lancaster-gate, London, on Thursday morning, Capt. Courtenay Bourchier Vyvyan, of the 2nd Battalion the Buffs, eldest son of the Rev. Sir Vyell Vyvyan of Trelowarren, and Miss Eva Catharine Forestier Walker, eldest daughter of Major-General G.E.L. Walker, late commanding the Royal Engineers in China, were united in marriage. The officiating clergy were Sir Vyell Vyvyan, the father of the bridegroom, and the Rev. E. Bowen, brother of Sir George Bowen, and dean of Rapho, Ireland. There were seven bridesmaids - Misses Ada, Camilla, and Vera, sisters of the bride; Miss Vyvyan; and Misses Zoe, Agnes, and Elfrida, daughters of Sir George Bowen. Mr. Wilmot Lushington Vyvyan officiated as best man. The weather was clear and fine, though bitterly cold, but even this and the early hour for which the wedding was fixed (10 o'clock) did not deter a large congregation from assembling to witness the interesting ceremonyy. The bride was charmingly attired in a pearl satin dress, trimmed with Brussels lace, a tulle veil, with a very becoming wreath of lilies of the valley; and the bridesmaids, wearing white embroidered muslin dresses, buff sashes and "waistcoats," white tulle bonnets, and dainty buff bows, presented a very pretty picture.

Miss Walker, aunt of the bride, afterwards entertained the wedding party at 7, Sussex-square, and later Capt. Vyvyan and his bride started for Trelowarren, Sir Vyell Vyvyan's seat near Helston, Cornwall, where they will pass the honeymoon. The bride travelled in a light brown costume, with bonnet en suite. The presents were very numerous. Among those of special interest were a massive antique silver tankard from the officers of the Buffs; silver tea and coffee service from the stewards and tenantry on the Trelowarren and Trewan estates; two silver salvers from the employes and household at Trelowarren; crumb slice from the household at Trewan; silver-mounted inkstands from the non-commissioned officers and men of B Company, 2nd Battalion the Buffs, and the mess servants; and pencil case from the master and children of Carrabone School. The bridesmaids' brooches were an excellent specimen of the goldsmith's art in repousse chasing.

On the arrival of Capt. C.B. Vyvyan at Trelowarren with his bride, there were numerous signs of festivity and of welcome awaiting them in the vicinity of the seat of the bridegroom's father, the Rev. Sir Vyell Donnithorne Vyvyan, Bart. Flag poles and arches were erected at the principal lodges from Gweek to Trelowarren, and there was a large flag pole at the front door. Upon the arch at Carrabone Lodge was the motto "Welcome To Trelowarren," with the device of a hand and heart. "God bless the bridal pair with health and happiness" was displayed upon the arch at the chief entrance gate, and there were also the family crest and Cornish mottoes. In various parts of the grounds there were bonfires of tarbarrels. On the arrival of the newly-wedded pair they were lustily cheered by three or four hundred tenants and workmen on the estate who had assembled. Capt. Vyvyan, standing at the front door, said a few words of hearty appreciation of the welcome given him and Mrs. Vyvyan. The bells of the parish church rang merrily at intervals during the day.

The Unpopularity of Falmouth - The following letter has been addressed to the Falmouth Packet:- Sir, - Your pertinent query as to 'the cause of the unpopularity of Falmouth as a residential watering-place' deserves the serious consideration of every ratepayer. Within the last few days I know of a large family who had fully intended coming here to reside, but after inquiry for a suitable house, the consideration of the heavy rates, in conjunction with the high rents, and poor accommodation withal, at once determined them to go elsewhere. The truth is that people coming so far from the metropolis expect to find rents and rates lower here than in town, instead of which the rents in many of the London suburbs are actually lower. The convenience in hot and cold baths, bedrooms, and garden grounds, secured generally at a rental of from 32 to 35 per annum, cannot be obtained here in but very few houses, and then only at a rental beyond the reach of all but a few of the comparatievely rich. One thing is certain, the present glut of empty houses in all directions will not be removed until the rentals are considerably reduced, or the heavy rates very much lower. The rates in, the parish for the past year, including the rector's rate, are a trifle under 8s. in the . When the borough wished to annex us, we were promised that we should, under the incomparable management of our Local Board, got our rates, then 5s. 6d. in the , reduced still lower. Unfortunately this, like many other promises, was meant only to catch votes, regardless of the future welfare of the place. We of to-day have to pay the penalty in empty houses, falling rentals, increasing rates, and decreasing trade. How much longer will it be before we ratepayers of the parish learn that the interests of the parish and town are identical, and unite in demanding the abolition of the present obsolete government by innumerable Boards, with clerks, surveyors, and inspectors, sufficient for the government of a city of 80,000 people instead of one of 13,000. - One who cannot afford to pay 2s. 6d. rates, Falmouth, February 17th, 1887.

King Harry Ferry - During the last 30 years the question has been often discussed privately and publicly whether there could not be a better means of crossing the River Fal at King Harry Ferry than has hitherto existed - a simple ferry-boat, rowed across by one or two men. With a strong south-easterly wind the passage is frequently impassable, and travellers, who have come eight or ten miles hoping to cross the ferry, have been obliged to retrace their steps and go round by Truro and Tregony - a distance of 20 miles further than they anticipated. A high level bridge has been suggested by some and a steam ferry by others, but up to the present time no change whatever has been made. Mr. C. Davies Gilbert, of Trelissick, is the owner of the ferry.

The Rev. J.A. Leakey, rector of Gerrans, writes as follows: - "An enthusiastic meeting, held in Gerrans, decided on a public celebration here of the Royal jubilee, and formed committees for raising the funds and to collect the women's offering. Our local proposal is to restore our ancient and beautiful bowling-green with ornamental trees, &c., and to hold a festival on it. But beyond this a strong feeling was expressed, to which, it is hoped, you will give publicity, that the finest jubilee memorial for this, the Roseland district, would be the giving us a better and speedier route over King Harry, if not possibly by a bridge, by, at least, a good steam ferry. Such a scheme, projected by subscription, would find ready support, and entail the gratitude of the whole neighbourhood for our great landowners. That ancient ferry bears the name of one of England's famous kings, and records, it is said, his Royal progress through the vale of roses. It is a beautiful and picturesque spot - a lovely sketch in the summer for your itinerant artist - but for those who have often to reaach the city of Truro and the western markets it cannot be called 'a progrem' worthy of Victoria's reign, or these days of rapid life; but it is too often a very slow and shivering reach of objects, as the crow flies, painfully near us. Wherefore, sir, could the Ferry of Harry become the Bridge of Victoria. The yearr of the jubilee and Cathedral opening would be to Roseland one most memorable."

Memorial to the Late Mr. and Mrs. Humphry Willyams - The fine Perpendicular window of the Carnation aisle in Mawgan-in-Pydar church has recently been filled with magnificent stained glass "to the glory of God, and in memory of Humphry and Ellen Francis Willyams." This has been the offering of the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Humphry Willyams. The subject of the window is the Ascension. Our Lord is represented as surrounded by angels, the apostles and St. Mary being below. In the lower panes of the window are the following scenes of the resurrection life: - The charge to St. Peter, the adoration of St. Thomas, "Touch me not," the walk to Emmaus, and the supper at Emmaus. Messrs. Clayton and Bell have designed the window in a manner which has fully done justice to their reputation. The window was unveiled on Sunday afternoon, after a sermon by Canon Harvey, of Probus, from the text "Let me depart, that I might go to mine own country" (I Kings xi.,21). Cannon Harvey, after enforcing the lessons of the Ascension, spoke of the love which they in Mawgan had felt for their old squire, who had restored their church, and had ever been their benefactor; and for his wife taken from them two years ago, after a long life of beneficence and charity, a life which realised the Willyams motto - "Merastha Dew" (many thanks to God.") England had never seen a revolution like that of the last century in France. And why? Because the great families loved the people, and the people loved them in return - even as Mawgan loved him who now was chief among them, whose kindness was as that of those who had gone before him. In the absence of Mr. Brydges Willyams, who is in Egypt, the window was unveiled by Mr. Arthur Willyams, of Bodman. Several members of the family were also present. The unveiling took place at the conclusion of the sermon, and a hymn,
Jesus lives; no longer now
Can thy terrors, death, appal us,

was sung. There was a very large congregation from Mawgan, St. Columb, and the neighbourhood.

Liskeard County Court - Monday - Before Mr. Montague Bere, Q.C., Judge - Action against a Judge - Tobin v. Norris - Mrs. Tobin, lodging-house keeper, of Looe, sued Mr. Justice Norris for the sum of 3 for alleged damages to a hearthrug and sideboard. Mr. F.J. Carter (Clifton and Carter), Bristol, appeared on behalf of the defendant.

The Plaintiff stated that the defendant came to lodge with her on the 27th December, 1886, and remained until the 7th January. During the time defendant and his family were staying with her she was in the habit of lighting their fires and doing what was necessary. Just before the defendant left her house she (the plaintiff) discovered that there were holes in the hearthrug and also a hole on the top of the sideboard. She spoke to defendant about the damages, but he declined to pay the amount claimed.

Cross-examined by Mr. Carter - she was in the habit of lighting the fires, and might have poured oil on the fire, but she never caused a conflagration or did any damage to the hearthrug. She sent in a claim to the defendant for the damages in accordance with his wish, but he never paid her. She had no fire-guard, and her servant had nothing to do with putting coals on the fire. She could not state how much she gave for the hearthrug, which she bought in Plymouth, but where she did not know. The defendant did not pay the bill for damages, but told her that she would have to seek her own remedy, and that very quickly, as he was going to India very shortly.

Other evidence having been taken, Mr. Carter, in the course of his defence, said it was a case of great interest and importance to the public. It was a case in which visitors to seaside resorts required protection, so that when they were about to pick up their things to leave they should not have unjust claims thrust on them. The evidence of the plaintiff had been of a contradictory character from first to last, and notwithstanding all that had been brought forward the plaintiff had made a most unjustifiable claim on the defendant. They had had on oath that the value of the sideboard when it first came into possession of the plaintiff was not more than 4, and she had made a claim for half of the value of the sideboard. Defendant contested the case on principle.

The Judge considered that the plaintiff had not proved her case, and therefore nonsuited her. With regard to the application for costs on the higher scale, his lordship said he could not allow them, but the usual costs would be granted.

Williams v. Farley Plaintiff - Philip Williams, sued Richard Farley for the sum of 25 for damages for assaulting him on the 20th December, 1886. - Mr. Raby represented the plaintiff, and Mr. Borlase Childs the defendent. - From the evidence of the plaintiff it appears that he took Looe Mill Farm, St. Neot, at Michaelmas last. A rick of hay stood in one of the fields, and the defendant went to the farm with the object of removing it. The plaintiff, however, objected to his doing so unless he paid the sum of 5. The defendant proceeded with some of his men to remove the hay, but was intercepted by plaintiff. Nothing was said by either, but the defendant struck him with a stick across the face, knocking him off his horse and rendering him unconscious. - Mr. R. Hingston, surgeon, stated that the plainiff came to him on the afternoon of the 20th December. He examined him and found that both his eyes were blackened, and there were also several cuts on the eyes. The nasal bone was fractured, and there was a swelling on the jaw and several other abrasions on the face. Witness saw the plaintiff on the 25th December, when he found his hearing very much interfered with, whilst the ears were bruised. On the Saturday following he saw the plaintiff again, when he discovered that the hearing on the right side was practically destroyed. He thought the injuries were inflicted by some weapon. - Mr. Farley stated that the plaintiff first struck him with a stick, and the blows that followed were delivered in self-defence. - Replying to a question by the Judge, defendant said he struck the plaintiff several times in the face, and under the ear. - Several wittnesses were called in suppor of the assertion that the plaintiff first struck the defendant. - The Judge said he did not think it was a very manly action for the defendant to strike the plaintiff, who was a man over sixty years of age, whilst he (the defendant) was not more than about thirty. - A verdict of damages 2 2s. was given for the plaintiff.

Chynoweth v. Pollard and Others - Mr. Chynoweth, ironmonger, of Liskeard, sought to recover the sum of 5 19s. 11d. from the trustees of the late Mr. Snell, deceased, for damage to his window. - Mr. Graham, of Looe, appeared on behalf of the plaintiff, and Mr. Borlase Childs for the defendant. - About five years ago some horses belonging to Mr. Snell, deceased, were standing near the market, when they bolted off, ran down the hill, and dashed into the plaintiff's window, breaking plate glass, &c. There was an understanding that the defendant would have the damage repaired, but he had not done so. Mr. Snell had since died, and his estate had been disposed of. - Mr. Childs here reminded the judge that if the plaintiff won his case there were no assets. His Honour thought it advisable to adjourn the case in order that further proof as to the disposal of the estate might be adduced.

Funeral of General and Mrs. Lucas - The funerals of Major-General C.S. de Neufville Lucas, R.A., and that of his mother, Mrs. Lucas, the widow of General Charles Lucas, R.A., took place at St. Austell Cemetery on Monday, and were attended by a large concourse of people. Major-General Lucas, who had retired from active service for some time, died in London on Wednesday week, and his remains were brought to St. Austell for interment, by the London mail on Sunday morning. His mother, who had resided with her daughter (Mrs. Hammond, the wife of the Rev. J. Hammond, vicar), on receiving the intelligence of her son's death, became so greatly affected that she died within a few hours after. The cortege left the vicarage at about noon, and proceeded to the parish church, when the lessons were read by the curates (the Rev. C.J. De La Touche and the Rev. A.G. Chapman) The choir present sang two hymns, "Ten thousand times ten thousand" and "On the resurrection Morning." The organist, Mr. J. Matthews, contributed during the interval of awaiting the funeral procession and at the close of the service Chopin's funeral march, "Blest are the Depared" (Spohr), and A.C. Mackenzie's "Solemn March." After the service the procession re-formed and walked to the cemetery, where mother and son were laid in one grave, the ceremony being conducted by the Rev. J. Hammond, who was deeply affected. There were two hearses and two mourning coaches. In the first carriage were Mrs. Lucas (widow), Col. Lucas (brother), Mrs. Hammond (sister), and the Rev. Joseph Hammond. The second contained Mr. Hugh Malet (uncle), Miss Cook, and two children of Mr. Hammond's. Among those who followed were Mr. and Mrs. W. Coode, Sir Charles B. Graves Sawle, Bart., Mr. H.D. Shilson, Mr. T.R. Parnall, Rev. W. Boulter, Mr. W. Guy, Mr. H. D. Pearce, Mr. F. R. Ray, the Rev. Valentine Baker (Tywardreath), and others. The coffin of Mrs. Lucas bore the following inscription: - "Egbertha Lucas, born January 4th, 1802, died February 17th, 1887;" whilst that of her son's, "Major-General Charles Shaw de Neufville Lucas, late of the Royal Bombay Artillery, aged 56." This coffin bore the Union Jack. Both coffins were plain, heavily mounted with brass, and beautifully polished. A number of wreaths were borne by the relatives and friends, and deposited both in and on the grave. Muffled peals of bells were rung at the church on Sunday evening and on Monday.


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