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This Month in Exeter - 1914

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These newspaper snippets are from the Western Times, 'This Week in Exeter' column,and the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette. It will be updated monthly, as we approach the centenary of the start of the Great War in August 1914. The months are in reverse, with January 1914 at the end of the page.

December 1914

Bread

The price of bread in Exeter was yesterday advanced a halfpenny per quartern.
Western Times - Tuesday 01 December 1914

Horse and trap accident

Mr. Edwin Tucker, aged 64, of Matford Farm, while driving a horse and trap towards his home, was thrown out near Willey's-avenue, and sustained injuries to the head. He was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was detained.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 03 December 1914

Telephone lines damaged

One of the telephone trunk lines between Exmouth and Exeter blew down during the gale of yesterday, and some delay was occasioned in getting calls through in consequence.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 05 December 1914

Notes of the Day.

I wonder if those "manly" young fellows who spent their Saturday afternoon watching the Exeter City team play realised that within few yards of the ground were number soldiers who had come back from the front, having been wounded in their country's service. It forms striking contrast that, while a number their fellow countrymen are lying in three Voluntary Aid Hospitals in Exeter suffering from wounds or frost-bite, young fellows, halo and hearty, with responsibilities beyond thoS3 looking after themselves, can be callous their country's call tor help to spend their half-day cheering their favourite team to victory. During the coming week further appeals to their patriotism, if they possess any, will made, and I hope the majority them, ere another Saturday has passed, will have realised the call to the sterner game, and have joined tile special Company—Exeter's Own—which being raised.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 07 December 1914

EXETER EMPIRE.

An excellent programme! is being placed before the trans of the Empire Electric Theatre for the first part this week. The "'star" is the spool entitled “A Rogue's Honour,"' which is an exciting three-act production of the performances a gentleman cracksman. Another film is an Essanay drama, "The Countess," in which a reporter is assigned to got a feature story for Sunday." He gets a position as a Countess, who has broken a vow made to the leader of a notorious gang, who tries to kill her. The "butler" saves her, and his feature story, after he had revealed was the announcement of a wedding. “The Wjdow of Red Rock," which Wallie Van and Hughie Mach take part, is a humorous film, while other comic films are “His "Winning Way” and and “Easy money.' The "Gaumont Graphic,'" which gives all the latest news, completes the programme.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 08 December 1914

Wounded from front

A six-carriage hospital train, containing wounded English soldiers, stopped at Queen street Station, Exeter, last evening for a few minutes. It was on its way the South Devon hospitals. There were few serious on the train, and the men for the most part, were decidedly cheerful.
Western Times - Thursday 10 December 1914

CHRISTMAS AND THE WOUNDED.
DEVON V.A.D. HOSPITALS.

To the Editor of the Daily Gazette.
Sir,—l am requested by the Deputy Commandant the Devon Voluntary Aid Hospitals, Miss Buller, to express her gratitude for the generous response to the appeal you so kindly published for providing our wounded soldiers on Christmas Day. I append the list these Mho have contributed and promised. As there are branch hospitals ip the county, besides the three Exeter, with accommodation for over 500 patients, about £20 more will be required, and should any of your readers have Christimas trees or evergreens to spare they would be most acceptable, as well as socks, comforters, and such like useful articles for presents. Everything should sent not later than Tuesday afternoon, December 22nd, to 11, East Southernhay, Exeter, where a Committee will be in waiting receive and arrange for their distribution.
Yours truly,
CHARLES J. ROSS.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 14 December 1914

WHAT SOLDIERS WANT.

To the Editor of the Daily Gazette.
Sir, —As there have been conflicting stories about the needs our Devon Regiment at the front, wrote the Commanding-officers the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 'asking them what their men required. I have heard from Colonel Williams and Colonel Travels, and gather from them that the Government has now issued supplies shirts and socks. Both officers, however, mention vests and pants, mufflers, and warm gloves as being especially welcome. Muffle and gloves are regarded as luxuries, and will not issued officially. Therefore, may I suggest that ladies Devon concentrate their efforts on mufflers (2* to yards long, 50 stitches wide), mittens, and gloves? Other j articles specifically asked for the Commanding-officers are chocolate, small tins unsweetened milk, envelopes, pencils (cannot too many these), playing cards, pipes, khaki waterproof -cape 3, gymnastic shoes (sizes 9, 10, for use by men suffering from frostbite, air pillows, and Egyptian cigarette*.
Yours sincerely,
J. KIRK G. OWEN, Mayoress.
The Mayoress's Depot, Guildhall, Exeter, December 10th, 1914.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 14 December 1914

Local war casualty

General sympathy is felt for Mrs. Stanlake, of 45, Sanford-street, Exeter, in the loss of her youngest son, Private Walter Stanlake, 3rd Devons, “H” Company. The deceased came home on leave on Thursday. Soon afterwards he was taken with violent pains. The following day he was removed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he passed away on Saturday. The body will be buried to-morrow with military honours, starting from Sanford-street at 3p.m. Mrs. Stanlake had previously lost her husband and daughter.
Western Times - Thursday 15 December 1914

Soldier, pedlar

At Exeter Police Court, yesterday, Francis Charles Johnston, stonemason, was charged with acting as a pedler without a certificate in Sidwell-street. on the 16th; also with having in his possession new pipes, and silver-mounted walking sticks, supposed to have been stolen. Defendant pleaded not guilty. P.C. Whitfield deposed to arresting defendant, who said that he bought the Pipes and sticks Exeter. But he could not tell witness the name of the shop.—Defendant said he had enlisted in the Army, and was stationed at the Higher Barracks.— The Chief Constable (Mr. A. Nicholson) applied for a remand until Monday to enable enquiries to be made as to the owners of the articles,–Granted.
Western Times - Friday 18 December 1914

Signals by Means of a Shovel From the German Trench

Leslie Vincent, son Mr. Bert Vincent, of St. Thomas. Exeter, who is a member of Kitchener's New Army in the 11th Hussars, writing home says: “I am still living and hopeful of forming one of the 'Berlin party’ party. We are all going to have seven days furlough. I am going through a course of shooting present. We have to walk about eight miles every day immaterial to the range. I am doing fine up to now.” Leslie’s brother Harold, who is at the front. writes “I am looking forward to some Christmas pudding. Rather’ Don’t forgot the cream. The trenches in some places are not more than 40 yards apart. The Germans shout to our chaps and ask if they’ve had their dinner, etc., or if our chaps have a ‘pot’ at a German and miss, they signal ‘miss’ with a shovel. The Germans have been so long in these trenches that their rifles are trained on our loopholes. Just push something up in the trench and a dozen bullets will smash I to pieces in about two ticks. We have had rotten weather here, but don’t take (last four words illegible)
Western Times - Friday 18 December 1914

Buller's Own

I am told it is intended make subsidiary name of the 8th Devons “Buller’s Own,” a distinctive title, and that the letters “B.O.” will be substituted for the word "Devon" on the straps. The name will also appear on the service caps of the Battalion. It is hoped that the Battalion, will be kept together as far as possible after the war. The bearing of the men has favourably impressed all the military who have inspected the Battalion.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 19 December 1914

Recruits at Christmas

Recruits are being obtained from Devon at the rate of about 25 to 30 a day, but evidently there are still young men who are , hanging back. In all probability, they are waiting until after Christmas, but it cannot be too insistently pointed out to them that the call is urgent. Those who desire to enlist, but want to spend Christmas with their friends, can, by a special arrangement, already recorded in the “Gazette,'' meet, their personal wishes socially and, at the same time, prove their patriotism. The arrangement is those who sign on now can have leave over Christmas have over and draw Army pay. The fact that they are serving their country will, doubtless, enable recruiting agents among other young men of their acquaintance, who may be still hesitating whether to take their place in the ranks, or remain at home with their friends.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 23 December 1914

Sailor Indignant at Slow Recruiting of Exeter.

An Exeter sailor on duty in the North Sea, writing to his parents, says: “I felt a bit sick when I read your letter dealing with the slow recruiting for ‘Exeter's Own.' To think that we are at sea doing our best to ensure food supply for these ' k'nuts ' and give them a place where they can lay their heads in safety! It not very encouraging to know that there are hundreds at Exeter watching football matches and walking out with girls. Those at Exeter ought to follow the example of the young ladies in Newcastle. They ' Cut' every young fellow who will not join up."
Western Times - Thursday 24 December 1914

A GREAT RESPONSE
What Has Been Done by the Mayoress' Depot
AT EXETER

Now that the close of the year is approaching the time appropriate for giving full statistics of what has been accomplished at the Mayoress of Exeter's Guildhall Depot, since the war commenced. Such statistics, striking they undoubtedly are, cannot fail to prove great interest not only to the lady helpers at the Depot, but also to the large number working parties who have assisted and those who have subscribed to the various local war funds.
The Depot was opened Monday, August 10th, and from that date a continuous flow .of articles of clothing and comforts for our soldiers and sailors has poured in from all parts of the West of England and distant parts the country. The Exeter Guildhall, in fact, has evidently been looked upon the centre for this kind admirable work in the West. Up to the week ending December no fewer than 49,487 articles have been received, and the following interesting figures will show how they have been disposed of:—

1914 stats

Western Times - Tuesday 29 December 1914

Northampton, 1; Exeter, 1.

At Northampton before 5000 spectators. In the first half Northampton had the better of the play. Bellamy scored after twelve minutes, and five minutes later Pym scored from a penalty. The Cobblers' forwards played brilliantly in this half.
After the interval Exeter improved, and Goodwin scored with a brilliant shot. Thorpe had to save difficult shots from Goodwin, Holt, and Evans. Exeter fully deserved to share the points.
Dundee Courier - Tuesday 29 December 1914
Editors note - The score is shown as 1:1. The write up mentions three goals scored?


Pantomime charactersThe principle characters in the Exeter Christmas Pantomime, the first performance of which will be given Boxing Day.

November 1914

Today's weather

The Weather Forecast (based on the Meteorological Office report) for to-day follows: —Fair Generally. England, S.W.: Fair generally; mist at times; moderate temperature.
Western Times - Thursday 05 November 1914

Donation

Mr. John Blackford. South Molton, has forwarded a donation of 12s to the Belgian Refugees and Belief Committee Exeter. This amount was realised through the sale of an Exmoor pony at Bampton Fair.
Western Times - Thursday 05 November 1914

Guy Fawkes Night

The celebration of the 5th of November in Exeter suffered, like most other things, through the war, and further, fireworks and bonfires were forbidden by the Chief-Constable Devon. Although the Order was publicly observed, there were a few miniature displays privately, and irresponsible youths indulged exploding squibs in the streets, having assured themselves there was no police constable in sight. The celebration of Guy Fawkes Day has been in a state of decadence for a long time, and this year there was no inclination in any quarter for an organised display.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 06 November 1914

Mayor Choosing
IN THE WEST.
EXETER CEREMONY.

The attendance tfhe Guildhall, Exeter, where the Mayor-choosing took place, yesterday. was large. The outgoing Mayor (Mr. Kendall King) presided. There were also present the Mayoress, the Mayor-elect and Mrs J Owen, the retiring Sheriff and Mrs Shirley Perkins, the Sheriff-elect ...
Mr. Stocker proposed the election Mr. J. G. Owen as Mayor. He remarked there was much that could be said to what would be required of the Mayor and Mayoress during the next months, but the gentleman had the pleasure and privilege of proposing as Chief Magistrate was so well known, and the suitability of his wife and himself to discharge the duties was so evident, that really nothing need be said their favour. There had been times connected with the Mayoralty proceedings when the outlook for the year of office bad been good; when prosperity reigned in the city, trade and commerce would be at its best and peace and quietness would prevail. There had also been times when, the outlook had been quite the reverse; but on each of these occasions the right man had been elected the right time and for the right work. The gentleman he proposed and his wife were among the best who had already served the city. (Applause.) At present things looked dark, but yet promising. It was with sorrow and regret they heard of the loss of their soldiers and sailors, but he believed and hoped that the gentleman he was proposing for election would able to herald the dawnings of peace, and that the year which opened with so much distress and diffiiculty would end with joy and rejoicing. (Applause.) For the time when it was trusted that the valiant and victorious troops would return, Exeter could not possibly have a better Mayor and Mayoress. (Applause.) The speaker expressed the hope that, the Mayor would stimulate recruiting in the city, and that more young fellows would join the ranks. Exeter was proud of the large number of Exonians who had joined the colours, but he was sorry, when passing through the streets to see young fellows not having sufficient patriotism to enlist. They went to concerts and other places of amusement and cheered, and sang "God save the King" and "Rule Britannia." "Britons never shall be slaves," but there their patriotism ended. He wished he could appeal to every young single man in Exeter as to his responsibilities. The Army did not want married men at present. A large number of single men had failed to join, and believed one of the first duties of the Mayor would to stimulate them to offer their services. He knew that the Mayor would have great assistance from the Mayoress, who could aptly be described as a jewel. (Applause.) ...
The Mayor said he would have intense pleasure in carrying out the wishes of his Masonic brethren. The Mayoress and himself felt they had a very difficult year in front of them, and all the more so because they were following such highly-esteemed and hard-working people as the retiring Mayor and Mayoress, who had shown wonderful organisation, ability, and tact. (Applause.) His wife and himself would not fail in their endeavour to serve Exeter usefully, and, he trusted, worthily. In this hour of stress and peril the Mayoress and himself had determined to do their duty. (Applause.) The year would not be one for junketting. In the ordinary social duties of a Mayor and Mayoress there were openings of bazaars, etc., but that, except for certain could not be expected now. When peace came they would have a very fine time, and the Mayoress and himself would be happv to attend all kinds of social functions. While the war lasted other activities would necessarily occupy their energies to a considerable extent. That being so he felt sure citizens would be patient, and not expect them to give the attention to what he might be call the trivial things of the Mayoralty. Let them devote their to greater things consequent on the war. He felt sure the war would end in vitiory for he felt sure the war woud end in victory for the Allies, and that an assured and honourable peace would be obtained. (Applause.) In conclusion, his worship proposed a resolution of loyalty on the part of citizens of Exeter, to King and Country, and expressing a hope for the speedy success of his Majesty's Forces by land and sea.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 10 November 1914

Letter

Dear Sir and Bro.,—In sending you hearty congratulations on the honour conferred upon you by the citizens of Exeter in electing you Mayor for the ensuing year. I have much pleasure in enclosing a cheque for £150, being a contribution from the Freemasons of Exeter towards the following charities:—Prince of Wales' National Belief Fund. £5O; Devon Patriotic Fund. £50; and Belgian Belief Fund (local), £50. The Lodges contributing are " St. John the Baptist. “No. 30; "St. George. “No. 112; Semper Fidelis," No. 1254. Northcote," No. 2659. "Davie," No. 3721; "St. George's Chapter;" No. 112; and the Lodges of Instruction.
With every good wish for a successful year in office, from your Masonic brethren.
I am,
Yours faithfully and fraternally,
HENRY W. J. HARRIS.
W.M., No. 39.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Exeter, Bro J. G. Owen.
Western Times - Tuesday 10 November 1914

Flying Matinee

Miss Mary Moore and the Company from the Criterion Theatre, London, including Mr. Sam Sothern and Mr. Erie Lewis, will appear in "Sir Richard's Biography." at a flying matinee at the Theatre Royal, Exeter, on Friday, November 27th.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 16 November 1914

Children's court

At a sitting the Children's Court Exeter yesterday, before Mr. A. McCrea and M r H. Hall, two boys were fined Is each for extinguishing tamps West Southernhay. inspector Sandford said the boys climbed on each other's backs to put out the lamps.
Western Times - Tuesday 17 November 1914

Brave policeman

Yesterday afternoon P.C Harding, of the Exeter Police Force, pluckily stopped a runaway horse in the High-street. The animal, drawing Co-operative Society van, bolted in Sidwell-street, and galloped to the London Inn Square, where the constable clung to the reins and brought the horse to a standstill just before it got into the crowded and narrow principal thoroughfare. P.C. Harding was warmly complimented by those people who witnessed his timely action.

Injured in fall

A private of Kitchener's Army was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital yesterday suffering from a fracture of the base of the skull, a broken nose, and other injuries, caused by his falling out of a window at Streatham Hall, Exeter, where he was quartered, on to a gravel path. He is conscious times, but his condition is serious.
Western Times - Wednesday 18 November 1914

Tale from the front

A novel battle has taken place, according to letter from P.C. Elford, who left the Exeter Police Force to rejoin his regiment. He has just sent home an interesting letter to the Chief-Constable of Exeter. He mentions that after a struggle with the Germans in the trenches they finished the battle with bare fists. They took 75 German prisoners, and nearly all had black, eyes and bleeding noses. The regiment was highly delighted to have, fight in the old English fashion. Constable Elford bears special testimony to the bravery of the English officers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 20 November 1914

Billeting soldiers

The Exeter police are, I am told, continuing a census of the houses in which recruits can be billeted. The minimum number of recruits sent to a house will correspond with the number of rooms not in use by the family. The maximum may run to two in a room. Where beds are not provided the men will sleep on mattresses on the floor, bringing their own blankets and coats. The acceptance of recruits is compulsory. The Government allowance is 15s. a week per each man. The authorities will, course, show discretion in the selection of men so that least possible annoyance will be given to the house holder.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 23 November 1914

Ban the booze

In a pamphlet they have issued, deprecating the consumption of intoxicants during the war, the Exeter Women's Total Abstinence Union (writes a correspondent) points out that Exeter's proportion of the nation's drink bill is approximately £215,566, and proceeds to give a list purchases which could made with this money, and donations which could be given to charity. They commence with 3,000 families' rent 7s 6d week, and finish with £491 spent in children's treats. I do not wish to damp the ardour of the local temperance workers, but would like to ask what is to become of the licensees, their employees, the men working at the breweries, and the numerous other people employed directly or indirectly in the trade? Perhaps the Union have included in house rents for 3,000 families a proportion of those who have been thrown out of employment. Or is it of no importance what becomes of the many people getting their living in connexion with the trade.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 23 November 1914

EXETER EMPIRE.
ATTRACTIVE PROGRAMME.

An attractive programme of pictures is provided the patrons of the Exeter Empire Electric theatre for the first half of this week. The chief picture is the second edition of the "Great European War," and is one the most interesting spools seen in Exeter for a considerable time. Incidents from practically all the countries at war are clearly portrayed, while the audiences are afforded several glimpses of the actual fighting. "The Isle of Abandoned Hope” is a powerful drama by the Bison Company, depicting a thrilling adventures of a party of white men who have been wrecked on a savage island, and their subsequent escape by a strange ship. How a dog caused the arrest of a couple of respectable people is shown ‘in ”All the Dog's Fault.'' while “A Tragedy in Ink," by the Urban Company is another funny film. All the latest news pictures, including the funeral of Lord Roberts, concludes the programme.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 24 November 1914

Former Exeter City Professional
Footballer in the Army

Followers of Exeter City F.C. will be interested to learn that Harry Orr, who was, last season a professional with the City Club, has volunteered for the Colours, and has now been for some time training with the R.G.A. at Great Yarmouth. At the start of the present football season he had signed for Pontypridd, the Second Division Southern League Club, and played in their first nine matches, He joined the Army just over a month ago, and a letter received at Exeter this morning states that he is having the time of his life. "This is a splendid change," he says, from cricket and football, and I was never better than since I joinedthe Service We get the best of food, although, perhaps, we have sometimes to take it a bit rough, and the officers are a splendid lot, who have the best interest us at heart. In fact, it is comfortable in every way." Orr, by the way, has another engagement with the Dundee Victoria C.C. for next summer, but whether plays or not depends, of course, upon whether the war is over. He is anxious, says his letter, for news of the Grecians just as much as are several Devon lads in camp with him at Great Yarmouth.
Western Times - Tuesday 24 November 1914

Mayor James OwenMayor Choosing in Exeter
Western Times - Friday 13 November 1914

October 1914

FOUNDATION STONE
At City's New Isolation Hospital

Yesterday the Mayor Exeter (Mr. W. Kendall King) laid the foundation stone of the new administrative block of the City Isolation Hospital for Infectious Diseases in the parish of Pinhoe. The whole the new hospital will cost, roughly, about £16,500, and the new administrative block about £2.700. The latter has been designed by the City Surveyor (Mr. T. Moulding) and will be a plain, substantial, red-brick building, in conformity with the rest of the hospital buildings. It will adjoin the present administrative block, and the two complete, standing on the northeast side of the hospital and facing the main grounds, it will accommodate the matron and about twenty-six nurses. The front and main portion will be two storeys, while that portion at the rear, where the kitchens and culinary departments will stand, will be of one storey. The builder is Mr. E. Mudge...
Western Times - Thursday 01 October 1914

Devons at Aisne.
EXONIAN'S STORY, CAPT. ELLIOTT'S DEATH.

The 1st Battalion Devon Regiment are evidently taking a prominent part in the great battle which is now being waged along the Aisne, judging from the remarks made by Pte. Dymond, of Preston-street, Exeter, who a member of the Battalion, but is now at home recuperating after being wounded in the trenches. During the earlier part of the war the Devons were engaged in the irksome task of guarding the lines of communication, and the men who were anxious to get to grips with the enemy were far from dissatisfied when the order came for the Battalion to concentrate and march to the fighting line assist in teaching the German legions a lesson they will not forget in a hurry…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 01 October 1914

An Exonian Naval Victim

The Times of yesterday (Thursday) contained a notice on the death of Engineer-Commander Alfred E. Everitt, second son of the late Rev. W. Everitt, formerly Rector of St. Lawrence, Exeter. Commander Everitt was killed in action, going down with the ill fated Aboukir in the North Sea on Sept 22nd.
Western Times - Friday 02 October 1914

Wounded.
ARRIVAL AT EXETER,
CHEERFUL TOMMIES.

The Exeter members of the V.A.O. had but short a while to wait after being mobilised before they were called upon to receive some of our wounded Tommies. Orders to mobilise were received late on Sunday, and early Monday morning the members were actively engaged in making final preparations at the Modern School and Eye Infirmary. Tuesday mid-day both these hospitals were complete in every detail, and, from the descriptions which have already appeared in the "Gazette,'' our readers have, no doubt, been able to gather some idea of the careful manner in which wounded men will be treated while in Exeter. A number of wounded were to have arrived last Monday; in fact, orders were received from the War Office stating they would arrive by a particular train. These orders, however, were countermanded later in the day, and it was not until yesterday that the training the V.A.O. and St. John, Ambulance have received were put to the test in dealing with actual cases of disabled soldiers in Exeter, although during the past few weeks Queen-street has been the scene of temporary rest stations, at which V.A.O. nurses prepared hot drinks and food for the wounded being conveyed to Plymouth.
The arrangements for dealing with the wounded who arrived yesterday afternoon were admirably made and carried out. The staff at the Eye Infirmary had everything prepared in readiness, while those members of the V.A.O. and St. John Ambulance told of of duty at the station were at their post punctually. Drawn up outside the entrance to the platform at Queen-street Station were motor cars—some 25 in number—lent by various residents of the city, as well as a couple of carriages. The general public were not admitted to the platform, but huge crowds lined the vicinity of the station and the route to be traversed by the cars containing the wounded. The soldiers arrived in special carriages attached to the express train due at Queen-street at 4.10 p.m.. Some time previous to its arrival stretchers had been brought to the platform in readiness for those who might be unable to walk to the waiting cars. When the train arrived the carriages containing the wounded were shunted to one of the branch lines, in order that the ordinary train might be dispatched first, thus expediting the detraining of the wounded. Before this was accomplished, however, the Press representatives managed to distribute cigarettes among the men, which they much enjoyed…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 08 October 1914

EXETER CANAL.
MOTORISTS' COMPLAINT.

… Our contemporary says:—"A correspondent draws our attention to a road danger which he encountered during a recent tour in South Devon. This is the swing bridge over the Exeter Canal on the main road from Exminster to Clyst St. Mary. When motoring to Sidmouth recently the bridge was open over this Canal, but there was nothing on the western side of the Canal to stop the traffic, nor was there any clear warning that the bridge was open. The danger was not realised until the car was three yards of the brink of the Canal, a sheer drop of about 12ft into deep water. Luckily it was broad daylight and our correspondent was proceeding at a moderate pace; otherwise a bad accident would probably have resulted. It was subsequently pointed out to him that there was a notice put up near the Canal itself, and another about a hundred yards back on the railway bridge. The latter is by no means clear; in fact, it is a lengthy notice in small type warning cyclists to proceed, slowly until they see whether the bridge across Canal is open or not. Our correspondent states, however, that it is impossible for, any motorist to read this notice even as slow a speed of 10 miles an hour. It is suggested that the Devon and Cornwall Automobile Club should draw the attention of the local authorities to this danger, and agitate for some more legible form of warning which would be easily visible either day or night."
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 13 October 1914

Further Party Received at Exeter

Another party of Belgian refugees were received at St. David's Station shortly before five o'clock last evening by Miss Andrew and members of the Exeter Committee. They numbered in all between twenty and thirty, and were mostly the wives of Belgians who had been in apparently, good circumstances. Only two men were with the party, which included also young girls and one or two children. Among the latter was a little boy about five years age, with flaxen curls - and dressed in a sailor's suit. This little follow immediately became a warm favourite with everyone.
All the group were well dressed, and had, apparently, had time in England to recover from the terrible anxieties they had experienced in their own stricken land. They laughed and chatted among themselves. and had certainly, for the time, at any rate, recovered something of their bright spirits. The majority of the women were carrying hand parcels and bags, containing, no doubt, a few bare necessities resettled from their homes. They were conducted to one of the waiting rooms of St. David's prior to being conveyed by motor-cars to the newly-furnished homes the local Committee have prepared. Some will be accommodated at the residence in Baring-place, lent by Miss Rookes, which has been fitted out by many willing hands for the refugees' reception. Lord Clifford is providing for some of yesterday's arrivals. A further hundred are expected at Exeter to-morrow.
Western Times - Tuesday 13 October 1914

Extraordinary Demand for Horses at Exeter

The demand for horses at the Paris-street Horse Repository, Exeter, on Friday, was extraordinarily keen, and the auction ranks as one the most successful that has taken place for a long time. In fact, Mr. Collings says that not since the Boer war has there been such a heavy demand for animals was evidenced at this week's sale. The catalogue was very heavy one, but practically every horse was sold, and exceptionally high prices were realised. Buyers were in attendance in large numbers from all parts, and many the horses were sent considerable distances.
Western Times - Friday 16 October 1914

MORE WOUNDED
Number of Serious Cases Brought to Exeter

A train of wounded British, probably between seventy and a hundred, reached Queen-street Station in a special L. and N.W.R. ambulance train at 12.45 yesterday, from Southampton. The train was shunted into the station on to the platform, where a large body doctors, ambulance men and V.A.D. and St. John Ambulance workers were awaiting its arrival. The stretcher cases, rather fewer than 40 in number, were taken into a reserved waiting-room, and detained there whilst their more fortunate comrades were conveyed in motor-cars to the Episcopal Modern School for Girls in Pennsylvania, which, as already fully described in these columns, has been fitted out as a thoroughly up-to-date improvised hospital.
Western Times - Wednesday 21 October 1914

Canadian Troops

Another fleet of the Canadian Army Transport motor cars came into Exeter last night from Plymouth, and quartered at the old Fair Field, Okehampton Road.
Western Times - Saturday 24 October 1914

A KNOWING HORSE.

George Stoneman of Exe Island, admitted leaving a horse and waggon unattended in Cowick-street, and was fined 2s. 6d. He amused the Court by asking the Bench how a man could take his horse in a house with “every 'undred of coal." "My horse walked off." he added. because it was Saturday, and doubt thought it was time to go home '"—(laughter).
Western Times - Saturday 24 October 1914

FIST FIGHTING.
Wounded Soldiers' Stories at Exeter
ATHLETES KILLED

“We had our game of football whenever we were relieved from the trenches. Our Regiment had one football between the lot of us, and used to leave it behind when we were done with it, out of the range of the firing, for the next lot who were relieved."
Laughing at the thought of these impromptu football games at the front, an intelligent young private of the Middlesex Regiment made the above remark to one of our representatives on Friday afternoon. He was among the party of 75 wounded who were brought last week straight from the front to the Episcopal Modern School, at Exeter, for treatment. He was using crutches, having one foot helpless, and by his side stood a tall Regimental chum, who, in the course of conversation, proved to be the old goalkeeper of the Middlesex Regiment, Bailey by name. Bailey has more than once played at St. James's for his team in Plymouth League matches, and only last season had several trials with Clapton Orient. At the battle of Aisne he was wounded in the groin with shrapnel, and the piece of shell is still to be extracted…
“Some of our best athletes have ‘gone West’ out at the front." remarked the other private. "Poor Smith, our centre forward, who has scored so many goals at St. James's, and who was one of the best centre forwards in the Army, has been killed. Poor lad, he was one of the best of fellows. Two other of our players are lying there seriously wounded, and it seems that all the best get taken. There was so-and-so (naming him) and so-and-so, they are both dead. They were two of our finest boxers, and often appeared at the Plymouth Cosmopolitan…
Western Times - Monday 26 October 1914

Percy JackmanLife for his country
LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. Mrs. Jackman, of Portland-street, Exeter, has received an intimation from the War Office that her son, Percy James, a private of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, whose photo appears above, has been killed in action. He served seven years with his regiment, two which were spent in Egypt, and came out last year while stationed at Windsor Barracks. At the outbreak of hostilities, however, was called up as a reservist, and wrote home frequently. His character was excellent, and he was the only son. Great sympathy will extended to Mrs. Jackman and family in their sorrow.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 6 October 1914
(Editor - his name is on the Exwick memorial)

September 1914

The Awakening.
DEVON REALISING HER DUTY.

The clarion call to arms is resounding throughout Devon, and, as a result of the meetings in various places, recruits came in good numbers to the Higher Barracks, Exeter, yesterday. From various villages the men of Devon marched, and on all hands there is abundant evidence that, now the case is being properly explained to our young men, they recognise that England needs them, and they are responding to her call. One particularly pleasing incident was witnessed in Exeter , yesterday, and one which should have a good effect the progress of recruiting the city itself, where there are hundreds, young men who should join the gallant band offering themselves their country. , The incident to which refer was the march of a contingent of volunteers from Newton Tipton St. John, and Harpford to the Higher Barracks enrolled as recruits. They were in charge of Scoutmasters E. H. Miller and S. G. Gribble, and they appeared a splendid band of men, capable of any amount of hard work. Rifle shooting is one of the of the men in part of East Devon, and the majority these volunteers are good shots. Before the week is out hoped we shall witness another march through the city, this time Exonians themselves, and in a number in proportion to the population… At the recruiting station in Goldsmith street, Exeter, 30 men presented themselves, and 22 were attested. At Yeovil 55 were enlisted.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 01 September 1914

HOMELESS BELGIANS
Exeter Ladies to Assist in the Fund Relieving Our Allies

The ardent sympathy with our Belgian allies felt all over England is being translated into practical help in the shape of funds subscribed for the relief of distress in Belgium and gifts of clothing, etc., to help Belgian refugees, who are coming to this country. A subscription list was opened by Mr. Agnew. of South-street, Exeter, at the request the Gunmakers’ Union, which, from its business dealings with the gunmakers of Liege and other Belgian towns, has many associations qualifying it in this direction, early the week. Mr. Agnew sent a first instalment of some £17 to the Belgian Legation on Friday. At the Guildhall on Friday the Mayoress's working party decided to add to their activities the provision of help for this most deserving cause. Gifts of useful clothing and subscriptions are therefore earnestly appealed for. These should be sent to Miss Andrew, 18, West Southernhay, Exeter, who has kindly arranged to receive and despatch the garments, etc., to London, for the use of Belgians in England, many of whom, owing to their hurried flight from their homes, are destitute of everything but the clothes they are wearing. The money will be sent direct to the Belgian Legation.
Western Times - Tuesday 01 September 1914

Notes of the Day

A correspondent writes:—"During my canvass for the Patriotic Fund I called on an old-age pensioner—a widow. She said, in good old Devonshire: 'My dear sawl, hav'nt a got awnly twopence to bless myself way, but if you will playse to take it I shall be very glad to give it.' In direct contrast to this old lady's splendid self-denial there are many well-to-do young men who refused to assist the fund or give any of their leisure time to fit themselves to defend their country. For such as these conscription should surely be enforced."
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 04 September 1914

Notes of the Day

The party of "boys of the 'Gazette'" who have volunteered for active service left Exeter yesterday morning. I am proud of those who answered the call to wear the King's uniform, for they are well-built, smart set fellows—in fact, the whole of the squad which left the city yesterday morning comprised as well a set-up lot of young men as one could in a day's .march. Notwithstanding the fact that they were raw recruits, they swung down High street in a quite businesslike way. As was only to be expected, those members the “Gazette” staff on-duty gave them a hearty "God-speed” as they passed the office…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 05 September 1914

EXETER EMPIRE THEATRE

There are several attractive pictures at the Exeter Empire Electric Theatre, High street, for the first part of this week. The principal film is “A Soul Astray," a powerful drama, shown in two parts. The picture is of a highly interesting character, and contains many scenes that keep the audience enthralled. Another film which sure to please those who see is entitled “A Lesson in Bridge." A particularly pretty picture i”s An Actress's Son," the colouring being perfect, While there are many amusing incidents contained in the film. "Across the Hall " provides the most amusement: it is a really funny film. Anything relating to the war is of interest at the present time, and there are many in the “Gaumont Graphic." The Empire is well worth a visit.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 08 September 1914

Motor Mishap in Exeter

Yesterday a motor mishap, not of a serious nature, happened in High-street, Exeter. A car was standing outside Messrs. Palmer and Edwards' restaurant, when another motor passing down the street, avoiding a tramcar, struck into the stationary car, and did some damage to the mudguard of one of the rear wheels. A large crowd was, as usual, outside the “Daily Western Times" office (which is directly opposite) reading the latest war bulletins, and for a time there was some commotion in the street. Trams and other traffic were interfered with, but after the police had taken particulars of the occurrence, the thoroughfare was quickly cleared.
Western Times - Saturday 12 September 1914

Germanism
MUST BE CRUSHED
EXETER MEN WANTED

Despite inclement weather, there was a large gathering at an open-air meeting in Magdalen-street, Exeter in Saturday evening, with the object of obtaining recruits for the new Army…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 14 September 1914

Good Word for Devon Beer

According to Pte. Charles Taylor, belonging the Devon Regt stationed at Streatham Hall, Exeter, the local beer is much stronger than that to be obtained in the Rhondda Valley. At least, this is what he told the Exeter Magistrates yesterday, when he was charged with being drunk and incapable on Saturday night. A constable said he found defendant lying in the entrance the Higher Market in a helpless condition. He had to be taken to the station in the ambulance.— Defendant, when asked what had brought about his condition, said that he met some friends, and "the beer being stronger here by a long way." it had taken a disastrous effect him—The Chairman advised defendant to "keep it moderate." and dismissed the case, defendant expressing his thanks.
Western Times - Tuesday 15 September 1914

Smoking is healthy?

Conspicuous among medical treatises of recent years, wherein the subject of tobacco smoking dispassionately surveyed, may he mentioned that Dr. John C. Murray, of Newcastle-on-Tyne. Remarking upon the observed curative effect of tobacco smoking the sick and wounded in the Franco-German war, he says, that its healing virtues were so obvious to any army surgeon his acquaintance that from being strongly opposed to the use of tobacco became a convert, in so far that he actually purchased cigars and presented them to the wounded, in consequence of having observed that their use assisted recovery.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 18 September 1914

THE NATIONAL RESERVE

The Exeter members of the National Reserve will parade for drill to-day at the Drill Hall, Cyclists' Battalion, Longbrook! street, at 7.30 p.m.—H. C. Biddell, Hon. Secretary N.R., No. 3 District.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 23 September 1914

STOP PRESS NEWS
AN UNCONFIRMED STORY.
THE DEVONS IN ACTION
MANY WOUNDED.

Two ambulance trains, passed through Exeter, yesterday, one proceeding to Paignton the other Devonport. The first is said have contained wounded English soldiers, including men of the 1st Devons who it is stated have been in the thick the fighting. The Railway Authorities maintained, as usual, the utmost reticence, and there an entire lack of official confirmation There is, however, among the latest casualty list, the name of one Devons' officers —Captain H. G. Ellott. The number wounded in the train was about a hundred and included men of other regiments.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 28 September 1914

Rifle or footballRifle or Football Which?
While the players of Exeter City and West Ham are charging each other at St. James’s Park this afternoon, Britain's brave sons will be charging the Germans on foreign soil. While those who attend the match are cheering the manoeuvring of a leather ball, hundreds and thousands of mothers, wives, sisters, & children, will be sitting, hoping against hope, that they may not receive the message which tells them that never again this world will see those nearest and dearest to them., they having fallen victims to a ball of lead. Lord Roberts recently said it would be disgraceful if football was continued during the war. We agree with him. So far as the Association is concerned, it is simply a question of gate money, and their paltry contribution of £1,250 to the National Relief Fund deceives nobody.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 28 September 1914

August 1914

Price of petrol

It is generally anticipated that the crisis in the near East will cause an increase in the price of petrol, as a large number of oil wells are situate in the area, which is at present affected.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 01 August 1914

Wheat Jumps 5s. a Quarter at Exeter

The grave situation in Europe had its effect on Exeter Corn Exchange yesterday, where prices all round rose with big jump. Very little business was done; it was, fact, practically at a standstill, buyers and sellers exercising the utmost caution. There was little or no inclination to speculate. Hardly any wheat was on offer and foreign importers had mostly withdrawn their offers. The only transactions possible were in corn on spot, for which advance of 5s. per quarter last week's quotations were asked, and in some cases paid. Maize was 4s, and foreign barley 3s. similar rise was noticeable flour and all mill products. As to the future, grave doubt existed, but the opinion was expressed by one prominent operator that general hostilities broke out, as there was fear of their doing, a very much higher rise prices would inevitably follow, for the reason that, as always, the spot supply is limited. Cotton Prices Down Liverpool cotton opening rates yesterday were nine to ten points down.
Western Times - Saturday 01 August 1914

THE CAMPS. D And C Brigade.
BRIGADIER'S PRAISE OF THE MEN.
NEW ARRIVALS.

Woodbury, Friday. It is surprising how quickly time flies while in camp, especially when the weather has been fine it has this year up to this morning. Indeed, it seems only yesterday that I stood on Woodbury Common watching the advance parties of the various Battalions pitching tents and generally preparing for the arrival of the main bodies. But since that day over a week has passed, and the men who are only able to put in seven days training are thinking of packing their kits and preparing to return to civilian life once more. On the whole, the Brigade will be pretty nearly strong during the second week as it has been this. In fact some Companies will be stronger. A very good proportion of the men are up for the full period. To a large extent this is accounted for by the bounty of £1 which this year is being given to all men who put in the full period under canvas. But, at the same time, I must admit that the Devon and Cornwall Terriers seem keener on their work than ever, and in nearly every case it will be found that where the men are only putting in seven days it is due to the fact that they are only able to leave their every-day work for eight days.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 01 August 1914

ENGLAND AND GERMANY AT WAR
(the following are extracts from a long article)
YESTERDAY IN EXETER
Crowds Eagerly Awaiting the News
THE MARCH OF TROOPS

Large crowds eagerly awaiting news of the latest of elements of the situation, again– gathered outside our office yesterday. In view of the expectation of an outbreak of hostilities between this country and Germany at any moment, a possibility which the embodiment of the Reservists and the Territorials seems to bring nearer, the special editions, issued at brief intervals, were in greater demand than ever. Every item of information was devoured with interest…
The various banks posted notices intimating that they are closed till tomorrow, in accordance with the Royal Order. The staff of many business firms will be considerably depleted by the calling up of the Reservists and Territorials…
Enthusiasm in Exeter Streets
A scene of tremendous enthusiasm was witnessed in Exeter last night when the intimation came that war between Germany and England was an actual fact. A crowd of many hundreds had been waiting in the High-street outside the “Western Times” Offices, reading with avidity every item of news as it was posted in the windows, and when at midnight the first announcement was made that Germany had declared war on England, the throng was moved to an impressive outburst. A tremendous cheer was raised, and then all heads were bared while by general impulse the National Anthem was sung. This was followed by hand shaking.
Western Times - Wednesday 05 August 1914

EXONIAN PARTY’S EXPERIENCE
Anxious Time of Visitors
TO GERMANY

(extracts from a long article)
… Last Sunday week the party found themselves in Munich, Bavaria, where the newspapers were issuing small sheets giving the latest news, while telegrams were posted up at almost every corner. Crowds gathered to read the intelligence thus conveyed, and there was a good deal of enthusiasm, but there was no sign at that time of any anti-English feeling…
The visitors began to think it is time to clear out of Tittisee, but the proprietor of the hotel and the hall porter, who were both reservists, advised them it would be better to wait two or three days, and not to travel while mobilisation was proceeding. At the station they were told that trains would run until midnight on Monday…
The boat in which the crossing to England was made was crowded, and it was only with the utmost difficulty that food could be got… Half way across a torpedo boat was observed bearing down on the steamer. “You can tell how relieved we were to find when she came close that she flew and English, and not a German flag.
Western Times - Friday 07 August 1914

EXETER CITY F.C.’S
RETURN TO ENGLAND

Despite the somewhat alarming reports which have been circulated of late as to the probable detention of the members of the Exeter City Football Club in a foreign port during the period of the war, I am pleased to say that the whole of the party arrived safely at Liverpool on Sunday night, and the officials and players who have their homes in the “Ever Faithful" reached the city yesterday.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 11 August 1914

Marriage postponed

Owing to the war, the marriage between Mr. V. A. Beaufort, of the Devonshire Regiment, and Miss Enid Robin, which was arranged to take place on September 1st, is unavoidably postponed.
Western Times - Friday 14 August 1914

Big fire at Bodleys

Exeter was startled on Wednesday by the clanging of the bell of the City's motor fire engine. A huge crowd soon followed the engine, and it was found that a fierce conflagration was raging in the premises of Messrs, Bodley Bros., ironfounders and engineers, of Commercial-road. The fire broke out about ten past eight, and soon after the arrival of the fire-fighters the roof of the building was well alight. Tongues of flame shot to a considerable height, throwing a lurid glare for some distance. Happily, plenty of water was obtained without any difficulty, a large mill-stream flowing just across the road, a few yards from the burning building. Supt. Pett quickly had nine powerful jets playing on the blaze. This deluge of water speedily took effect. The flames quickly dwindled, and it was not long before the fire was well under control. The firemen were, fortunately, able to secure good positions from which throw the water on the burning building. It is estimated that damage to the extent from £800 to £1,000 was done.
Western Times - Friday 14 August 1914

Shortage of agricultural workers

The St Thomas Exeter Rural District Council yesterday, to assist in meeting the demand for agricultural labourers occasioned by the war, decided to allow their road men to take part in harvest operations if they so desired.
Owing to the war, and until further notice, the Western Office of the Automobile Association and Motor Union, at 271, High Street, Exeter, will be kept open day and night, including Sundays, for any urgent messages, telegrams (“Fanum, Exeter”), of telephone call (1000 Exeter).
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 15 August 1914

V.A.D.
DEVON READY.

No doubt the general public will he extremely glad to know that Voluntary Aid Detachments are in readiness all over the country, although the necessity for actual work has not yet arisen. The organisation, of course, had to be completed and this has been done. The staff at the headquarters for Devonshire, situated at Lennards' Buildings, Goldsmith-street, Exeter, have been very busy since Monday week. and such good progress has been made that everything, is in full working order. Valuable assistance is being rendered by the Boy Scouts, and the whole of the voluntary staff are working as hard as possible.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 15 August 1914

Big fire at Bodleys

The employes of Messrs. Bodley Bros. and Co., Old Quay and Engine Works. Exeter, at a meeting held in the works last evening, decided to contribute a weekly sum towards the National Fund and Devon Patriotic Fund until the conclusion the war.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 27 August 1914

The Call.
ST. THOMAS' RESPONSE
MANY RECRUITS

St. Thomas, Exeter, has seen many enthusiastic meetings in its time, but beyond a doubt the two meetings—the one open air gathering in Gervase Avenue, and the other at the King's Hall—held last night, in numbers, enthusiasm, and importance, far exceeded any other assembly held in that part of the city. The meetings were arranged by the St. Thomas Ward Committee of the Exeter Recruiting Committee in connexion with Lord Kitchener's call to aims. Previous to the meeting a procession was formed in the Cathedral Yard, Mr. C J. Ross being the chief marshal…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 27 August 1914

WAS HE A SPY?
Story of a German at Exeter

A significant story of a German's doings at Exeter shortly before the war broke out is being told. It appears that he took single rooms in different parts of the city, made him. self free and sociable everywhere he went, and then strangely disappeared just before hostilities began. Since then the City police have visited rooms he tenanted, and have also endeavoured to trace him, but not, we believe, with any success.
The question is naturally being asked: was he a spy? He was a young man apparently between twenty-five and thirty, short, and of stout build. He spoke fairly good English, but with a decided German accent, and yet claimed, in conversation, to be English born and of English parentage. At one hotel he was accustomed to visit he was sometimes pointedly told that he was a German, but as often persisted that was English, and it is said that once he asserted (the incident is naturally laughed about now) that the reason for his German accent was his early life in London among German Jews; he had never, he said, been able to shake off the accent since. A plausible yarn, indeed!
He apparently always had plenty of money, and spent it freely among those whose acquaintance he made, being of a jovial disposition and laughing good humouredly, it would appear, whenever be was twitted about Germany. One evening he asked permission at an hotel to leave a bag until he returned, and the landlady jocularly remarked, as she rook it from him, “No German bombs, I hope?" …
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 27 August 1914

Exeter at warEXETER AND THE WAR. (1). Reading the latest news outside the "Gazette" Office. (2), Horses the Royal Artillery en route the station, Gazette photos.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 06 August 1914

JULY 1914

Bricklayers strike

It is regrettable that some of the Exeter bricklayers and plasterers have decided to strike. From their own point of view the moment seems hardly opportune, for there is still a great slackness in the building trade. There are few contracts in hand of an extensive character, and about ordinary jobbing repairs there is not likely to be any difficulty. The wiser course, seems to us, would have been to take the extra haIf-penny an hour offered by the masters, and accepted by the other sections of the trade, leaving the demand for further advance to later period. Although the bricklayers and plasterers of the City are not a numerous body, their abstention from work will, of course throw a good many labourers and men belonging to other sections of the building trade out of employment. It is hoped, therefore, that settlement will quickly be reached.
Western Times - Friday 03 July 1914

Horse accident

An exciting incident was witnessed in Exeter shortly afar two o'clock on Tuesday. While the driver had gone into a house at the top of the road adjoining the grounds of the High School in the Barnfield to deliver goods, a horse attached to a van belonging to Messrs. Plimsoll, Clark and Co., grocers, St. Sidwell's, took fright at the noise of a traction engine, and bolted down the hill and along Barnfield-road towards Bedford Circus at a great pace. Crossing Southernhay, the runaway entered the Circus, and on reaching Bedford-street dashed full tilt into the iron lamp-post and railings of the underground lavatory, which stands in the centre of the entrance to the street. The impact was terrific, and the sound is said to have resembled an explosion. The horse seemed to impaled on the spikes of the railings, but it at once fell back on its haunches, and disengaging its fore legs from the iron work, rolled over on its side. Strangely enough, very little damage was done to the van, nothing in fact more serious than the breaking off of one of the steps. The shafts were not even damaged. Several men quickly ran to the spot. When disengaged of the vehicle and harness the animal was not dead, and attempts to get it on its legs failed. It, however, died within ten minutes. There was nasty scar its chest, and on one of the spikes of the railing there was a tuft of hair. As far as could be seen, however, there was no open wound, and the animal was killed probably through the force of the blow, having caused internal injury. The iron railings were much bent. Fortunately they did not give way entirely, otherwise the horse would have dropped into the lavatory below.
Western Times - Friday 03 July 1914

Naval manoeuvres

A number of battleships, cruisers, and destroyers arrived in Seaton Bay on Wednesday, a total of 22. They presented imposing sight. It is stated that some of the vessels will stay in the bay for several days.
Western Times - Friday 03 July 1914

Rugby accounts in black

Exeter Rugby club, at their annual meeting at the Guildhall, were able to report a credit balance of £19 14s 4d, compared with a balance of £24 12s 6d owing to the bank last year. This gratifying change was due in great measure to the efforts of the Supporters' Club. It was seven years ago that the Club had a credit balance. Mr. A. Isaac resigned the of hon. secretary, and Mr. E. House was elected as his successor.
Western Times - Friday 03 July 1914

Cricklpit Mill auctioned

At the Queen's Hotel, Exeter, Tuesday, Messrs. Whitton and Laing offered, by auction, by order of the executors of the late Miss Sarah White, the following freehold properties:— Cricklepit Mill, Commercial-road, Exeter, in the occupation of Messrs. French and Co.; Cricklepit House, in the occupation of Mrs. Kerswell, and two cottages adjoining, 3 and 4. Cricklepit-street, the whole bringing in a gross rental of £79 14s, subject to chief rent, tax, water-rate etc, Amounting to £15 8s, per annum. The property was started £300, and sold for £500 to Mr. Edward Pearse, of Chelmsford. The solicitor for the vendors were Messrs. J. and S Pope of Exeter.
Western Times - Friday 03 July 1914

Airshow

We understand that Lord Carbery who has achieved so much success as an aviator, proposes paying a visit to Exeter and giving an exhibition of flying, looping the loop, etc. At present the details have not been definitely settled, but the display will take place probably about August 1st. There will be no difficulty about the site, but for general convenience the practice fields at the rear of Topsham Barracks would prove most suitable. There should be no difficulty obtaining the necessary sanction to make use of them.
Western Times - Friday 03 July 1914

Stamp Patent

A patent has been granted to Mr. C. E. Hilton, of North-avenue, Exeter, for an invention relating to the affixing of adhesive stamps.
Western Times - Friday 10 July 1914

Fondness for drink

Samuel Rowe, weary of the frequency of his visits to Gaol, invited the Exeter Bench (Messrs E. T E. Rowe, and F. J. Widgery) on Monday, to send him to a Drunkards' Home for a long spell. The cause of his reappearance before the Court was his old fondness for drink and his inability, as he put it, to "last" as long as the liquor held out. It overcame him too soon. A second charge was for doing damage to the cell Window to the extent of a shilling. There were 163 previous convictions. He was now sent prison for two months.
Western Times - Friday 10 July 1914

Student Rag

The students at the Royal Albert Memorial University College at Exeter, who have just concluded their term, celebrated the occasion on Friday with customary the “Rag," which created a deal of interest in the city. They formed in procession and paraded the principal streets, headed by a mock band, made up of improvised "musical" instruments. In the procession was a banner, upon which the words "Up, Coll!" were inscribed. The majority of the students were attired in comic costumes; some rode in cabs, and on trolleys, while others pushed handcarts and barrows, upon which were numerous travelling trunks. On one of the trolleys students represented themselves as up-to-date "Bookies." There was the customary "prices board," upon which were topical prices, including Evens on Graslawn," and "10,000 to 1 on Hostel." At the rear of the procession was a banner containing the word "Farewell."
Western Times - Friday 10 July 1914

Exeter FC in Argentina

Wednesday a cablegram was received by Mr. J. I. Pengelly. Director of Exeter City F.C. from Buenos Ayres, giving the results of the first five matches of the Argentine tour. The message read "Lost first Won next four–Three to play. Everybody well." The mystery of the "cryptogram" which arrived some time ago with regard to the first match against North Argentine has, therefore, at last been cleared up, and those who persisted in reading it as a reverse for Exeter now have the satisfaction of knowing they were right. The match was played the very day after the team landed, and under more favourable circumstances Swindon had hard work to draw their opening game two seasons ago. Although no scores are yet to hand, the fact that four matches out of five have been won, shows that Exeter City are worthily upholding the standard English soccer in a part the world where the game has wonderfully improved of late. The fact, too, that everybody is reported to be in good health is very satisfactory, showing, as it does, that the players up to now have not been affected by the very trying heat of the Argentine The matches which are reported have been won were against Argentine Born, Argentine South, Argentine League, and Racing Club, the champions of 1913.
Western Times - Friday 10 July 1914

Army move postponed

The moves of the 41st F.A. Brigade, Bordon Exeter, and the 33rd Brigade, Exeter to which were to have taken place next September, are now to take place at a later date.
Western Times - Friday 24 July 1914

US tourist

What is famous? A leading resident of Exeter was this week addressed thus by an American who was (apparently) motoring through from Cornwall: “Is there a cathedral in this place?” “Rather!” was the reply. “Did we see it as we went down?” asked the visitor of his companion. “No, I think not.” was the answer. Inquiries followed as to the nearest point of approach to the Cathedral, where the tourist doubtless spent five minutes, which (it is found) is the usual period devoted by such motorists to buildings like that in question.
Western Times - Friday 24 July 1914

Germany threatens war
GERMANY'S ATTITUDE.
Belgrade, Friday

The Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum over the Sarajevo outrage is being considered by the Cabinet to-day. The time limit is 24 hours. It is believed there will be a peaceful settlement. The note to Servia demands official repudiation of the anti-Austrian propaganda by Servian subjects and the removal of all Servian officers concerned in the propaganda. It also demands the punishment of people in Servia concerned in the Sarajevo assassination. Austria says the plot to kill the Archduke was hatched in Belgrade.—Reuter.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 25 July 1914

Vienna, Friday.

Neither negotiations, extension of time, nor mediation will be allowed Servia. Should the reply be unfavourable, it is believed the Austrian Army will be called upon to enforce the demands. —Reuter.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 25 July 1914
A Berlin message states that Germany will not allow the interference of a third party in the case of the Austro-Servian conflict.—Reuter.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 25 July 1914

Holiday trains

Trains of a remarkable length passed through St. David Station, Exeter, for stations further West yesterday, and each was crowded with passengers on holiday bent.
Western Times - Friday 31 July 1914

Old soldiers

Old soldiers of the famous Devon Regiment —some of them had "left the colours" over thirty years ago —were present at a memory stirring re-union at the Higher Barracks. Exeter, Friday. It was the third annual dinner of the Regiment Old Comrades Association, a growing organisation that is run with the primary object of assisting to find employment after they have left the Army.—The function was presided over Colonel M. C. Curry, C.B.. D.S.O. (Torquay).
Western Times - Friday 31 July 1914

Threat of War

Mr. F. H. Peters, on the commencement of his address, referred to the "War Cloud" now hanging over Europe, and said that, whilst Great Britain was not a party to the dispute, they as Britishers— whatever the politics—had every confidence in Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, that British interests and privileges were in safe keeping. That Sir Edward might be successful in his efforts for peaceful settlement was the hope lot them all—(hear hear). Let it never be forgotten that all wars effect the poor and the working classes who suffered most—(hear, near). The effect of the outbreak soon made itself felt upon the money market, and the price of grain, immediately advanced. Then up went the price bread—(hear hear).
Western Times - Friday 31 July 1914

Exeter CarnivalCarnival
Some of the tableaux which took part in the successful Pageant held at Exeter on Wednesday.

JUNE 1914

Cart Horse Parade

Exeter Cart Horse Parade, which was the chief in the City on Monday, was very successful, the entries numbering 115, as compared with 99 last year. All the competitors who did not receive prizes are awarded two shilling each to insure them against any loss they might be put to in preparing their horses and vehicles for the Parade.
Western Times - Friday 05 June 1914

Dead dummy

An amusing episode occurred in Goldsmith street, Exeter, on Tuesday in connection with the Voluntary Aid Organisation. Devon has been given a life-sized bandaging model of a man, which they conveyed on Tuesday to headquarters and put bed. During the removal from the cart, however, a horrified crowd collected in Goldsmith-street under the impression apparently that a corpse was being dealt with, the lower extremities of which appeared from underneath the covering, clad in blue pyjamas and white bedsocks.
Western Times - Friday 05 June 1914

Parish Hall, Friars

Holy Trinity Church's commodious and well-appointed parish hall, built at a cost of £2,000, and situate in the Friars, Exeter, was dedicated and formally opened, Wednesday. There was large attendance of church workers from all parts the City at the ceremonies. The Archdeacon of Exeter (Ven. F. A. Sanders) officiated at the dedication service, which was followed by the opening of a bazaar, with the object of getting money towards the £800 still required to clear off the debt.
Western Times - Friday 12 June 1914

Football
EXETER CITY”S ARRIVAL AT MONTE VIDEO

A cablegram was received yesterday from Monte Video stating that the Exeter City footballers had arrived at that port. They were in excellent spirits, and will play their first match on Sunday.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 12 June 1914

FOOTBALL Exeter City Arrive Safe and Play First Match

Exeter City have arrived safely in Argentina after a splendid voyage. They played their first match on Sunday against North Argentina. The cablegram received by Mr. Sid Thomas, the Secretary of the club yesterday, gives the score 1-0. According to the usual rule of the home teams score coming first, North Argentina won. On the other hand it is argued that the message means that the City were victorious. Supporters will have to possess themselves in patience. It is likely to prove for the present a puzzle for the Philadelphia lawyers.
Here is the cablegram as received: “Team arrived safely after splendid voyage must, match Sunday North Argentine won one goal to nothing."
Western Times - Wednesday 17 June 1914

Motor Smash at Exeter

About 6 o'clock last evening a large motor lorry, belonging to Messrs. Standfield and White, of Exeter, was being driven up Barrack-lane by Fred Nibbs when at the same time a motor-car, driven by Miss Elsie Matthews, of Kioora House, Budieigh Salterton, was proceeding up Magdalen-road. The drivers of the car seem to have heard each other's hooters sounded, but they ran into each other before they could pull up. The motor lorry caught the side of the car in the rear portion, and knocked it against the shop window of No. 4, Woodbine-place, occupied Mr. Amos Challenger. The glass of the shop was smashed, and the back portion of the car badly knocked about. The motor lorry was not damaged. Three ladies were in the car, but happily none of them were injured. The car, however, was towed away by Messrs. Standfield and White to their garage, and the ladies were driven home Mr. White to Budleigh Salterton.
Mr. Pratt, of Pinhoe-road, Exeter, was pushing his motor-car out of a shed in which it is kept in Ladysmith-road yesterday when by some means the engine of the car got going, and before Mr. Pratt could stop it the car had set off for a trip on its own. It was. however, not destined to go far, and it finished up by dashing into some railings. The car was slightly damaged.
Western Times - Friday 19 June 1914

Buller Hall, ST Thomas

On Wednesday, Lady Audrey laid the foundation stone of the new parish hall for St Thomas, Exeter, which to bear the name of and act as a memorial to the late General Sir Redvers Buller. The famous soldier was lay rector and patron of the parish. The finished scheme will cost £3,000 out of this only a portion costing £2,000 has yet been undertaken, and roughly £1.000 has been raised. The Bishop of Exeter participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Western Times - Friday 19 June 1914

Dangerous junction

Another accident, fortunately of a slight character, has occurred at the four-cross-ways at the top of Blackboy-road, Exeter. A cyclist coming the city was knocked down by a motor cyclist coming from the Polsloe-road. Both machines were damaged, but the riders happily escaped with slight shakings and abrasion. The proposed widening of the road at the point may not mean entire freedom from such accidents, but it would give a better chance of vehicles and machines keeping out of each other's way. There is, at present, a great temptation to hug the offending corners too closely.
Western Times - Friday 19 June 1914

Old, dangerous and hardened criminal

At Exeter City Assize, Francis Albert Holman, 53, dealer, for attempting to commit suicide, was sent to prison for eight months without hard labour. Described as “An old, dangerous and hardened criminal,"
Western Times - Friday 19 June 1914

Big carp

Fishing in the Exeter Canal just below Double Locks on Saturday, Mr. J. Lines, of St Thomas, landed a magnificent carp. Mr. Hannaford of Double Locks, measured and weighed the fish, and found that it was 18 inches long and four and a quarter pounds in weight.
Western Times - Friday 26 June 1914

Long swim

Mr. Jabez Wolffe, the famous Channel swimmer, on Wednesday swam from Exmouth Pier to Exe Bridge through the river and the Canal. He was locked twice, and had a great struggle to keep afloat in the flood water at Turf. He completed the distance in 6 hours 43 mins an average of two miles an hour. Mr. A. L Matthews. the one-legged local professional, swam with him from Double Locks.
Western Times - Friday 26 June 1914

White moorhen

About two months ago we mentioned the very interesting fact that Mr. Courtney, gamekeeper to Major Wyatt-Edgell in Stoke Woods, had caught a white moorhen in the Exe. This he sent to the Royal Zoological Gardens, with the stipulation that when the Bird died it was be handed over to the Exeter Museum. Some days ago Mr. Courtney had an intimation that the bird had expired, after six weeks' captivity, and that his request concerning the body was being attended to. The specimen is now on exhibition at the Exeter Museum, the bird having been admirably mounted. This is the first white moorhen known to students of natural history, so that the Exeter specimen is unique.
Western Times - Friday 26 June 1914

MURDERED ROYALTY
Bomb Fails but Revolver Succeeds
GENERAL MOURNING

Once more the hand of the assassin has descended on the Austrian Royal Family, adding one more to the long list of tragedies! that has befallen the Hapsburg dynasty.
While driving through the streets of Serajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which Austria-Hungary annexed year or two ago the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir apparent to the Throne, and his Consort, the Duchess of Hohenberg.' were ruthlessly shot down by a student, after an attempt to kill them by means of a Bomb had failed. The assailants were caught.
At the time of the murder of his wife, the aged Emperor is reported to have cried out: "Then am I to spared nothing?" Fate seems to have echoed “Nothing.” And the stroke is all the more terrible because it is of the same kind that robbed him of brother, son, and wife, and now his nephew. Few have had such a succession of grievous calamities as the aged Emperor Franz Josef and the hearts of all nations will out to him in his unfathomable sorrow...
Western Times - Tuesday 30 June 1914

CArt Horse ParadeCart Horse Parade
Scenes during the judging in the Barrack Yard
1 Lady Rosalind Northcote presenting badges.
2 A veteran competitor with his medals.
3 The Mayor of Exeter and Lady Rosalind Northcote watching the judging.
4 The new motor fire-engine taking part for the first time in the Parade.
5 A favourite exhibit.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 2 June 1914

MAY 1914

Cornish tramp

An elderly tramp, Samuel Rowe, who claims to be a Cornishman, and who has over 150 convictions against him, many of them at Exeter, had another appearance at the City Police Court this week. He smashed a glass door to get locked up, and is now serving a sentence of two months hard labour.
Western Times - Friday 1 May 1914

Funeral of mace-bearer

At Higher Cemetery, Exeter, Monday afternoon the funeral took place of ex-Macebearer Weeks, of Sagona Place, Parr-street, Exeter, who passed away at the age of 69 years. Mr. Weeks had to his credit the excellent record of 38 years work for the City Municipality. Entering the local Force in 1867 he was promoted to the position of sergeant in 1877 and inspector 1891. In 1894 he was pensioned off, and the following year became a mace-sergeant. He was a capable and conscientious officer.
Western Times - Friday 1 May 1914

Bedford Street Pheasant

A remarkable incident occurred in Bedford Circus on Wednesday morning. About 6.20, Mr. Gardner, who resides at No. 6, heard the smashing of glass, and on making a search found that a thick pane of glass in one of the offices on the first floor had been broken, and in the centre was a large hole, almost perfectly circular in shape. In the office was a hen pheasant, exhausted, but apparently unharmed. The bird must have flown against the window with terrific force, as some the pieces of glass were found feet away.
Western Times - Friday 1 May 1914

Buller Hall funds

In aid of the funds for the proposed Buller Hall in St. Thomas, the Devonshire Ladies' String Orchestra, a combination of some thirty performers, gave a drawing-room concert at the Barnfield Hall on Monday. The platform was gaily bedecked with flowers from the gardens of Hoopern House. They were lent by Mrs. Gidley, and tastefully arranged by the gardener, Mr. W. Baker. The audience were accommodated with chairs, not placed in rows in the usual way, but arranged in circles. On the conclusion of the concert, tea was served from a stall under the gallery.
Western Times - Friday 1 May 1914

Royal Clarence fire

What might have proved to be a serious conflagration, had it not been discovered in time, occurred at the back of a staircase at the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, shortly after midnight on Saturday. Smoke was issuing from the premises, and it was at first thought that one of the shops of Messrs. R. Mock and Sons, of Martin's Lane, was alight. On an entry being forced, the fire was found to be on the premises of the hotel, but all danger was speedily averted. Supt. Pett and a couple of members of the Fire Brigade arrived, and it was found that a quantity of waste paper had by some means or other become ignited. The damage done was not great.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 04 May 1914

Aviators

Second-Lieutenant J Bruce Devonshire Regt., and Lieutenant H. Dyke have been awarded the aviator certificates of the Royal Aero Club.
Western Times - Friday 08 May 1914

Funeral of Rev Valpy French

The mortal remains of Rev. Cyril John Valpy French were laid to rest on Friday in the churchyard St. David's, Exeter, over which parish he had presided as vicar for a period of twenty years.
Western Times - Friday 08 May 1914

King's accession

Wednesday being the anniversary of the King's accession, the Union Jack was hoisted over the Guildhall. At the Cathedral the National Anthem was sung at the morning service, and Handel's anthem, “The King shall rejoice," at the service in the afternoon.
Western Times - Friday 08 May 1914

Cathedral Musical Instruments

Miss E E. Prideaux lecturing at the Royal Archaeological Institute, said that Exeter Cathedral possesses the largest number of carvings of mediaeval musical instruments to be found anywhere. The earliest specimen is the tabor, which dates back to the thirteenth century. The bagpipes are represented in the eastern side the cathedral, but only one trumpet is depicted.
Western Times - Friday 08 May 1914

CAR AND CYCLE. NOTES FROM ALL QUARTERS.

There is no change to record in the price of petrol this week.
Messrs. Gould Bros., Ltd., of Exeter, have, during the past few days, delivered two Arrol-Johnson cars, and taken an order for the latest model of the Siddeley-Deasy for gentleman, in North Devon.
Motorist journeying from Exeter to Lynton would be well advised to take the route via South molton-road Station and Blackmoor Gate. Not only is the distance some twelve miles shorter than the old Barnstaple road, but the surface is much better, while the travelling conditions generally are above the average in that locality.
At present there is wonderful demand for the B.S.A. motor cycle, as the local agents, Messrs. Wippell Bros. and Row, of High-street, can testify. These machines have not as yet failed to give satisfaction. Convincing proof of their stability to be found in the list of successes which have gained machines all over the country, they having proved equal to the severest of trials.
The introduction in the Budget was viewed with somewhat akin to alarm by the users of benzole, but the Chancellor Exchequer has not imposed any duties in this direction, as was anticipated by the Oil Companies. I think motorists can look forward to a reduction in the price of petrol in the future, the Companies will be necessarily forced into line in order to successfully compete with this rapidly increasing product.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 09 May 1914

Death from lockjaw

On Tuesday, April 23th. Charles Shute, son of a Naval petty officer, was paddling in a stream near his home at Heavitree when he severely cut his foot. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital at 5.20 p.m., but it was 6.10 p.m. before a doctor could be found. He progressed favourably till the following Monday, when lockjaw set in, and he died on Tuesday. At the inquest the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, and commented on the delay before the arrival of the doctor. The Hospital Committee have since explained that two house surgeons were actually on the premises at the time, but were thought by the porter to be elsewhere, he had seen one out of a side door.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 09 May 1914

J L Thomas takeover

It has been persistently rumoured in Exeter recently that Messrs. Lever, Bros., the world, famous soap firm, of Port Sunlight, have acquired the business of Messrs. J. L. Thomas and Co., of Exeter and Bristol, that an amalgamation of interests—or a working arrangement—was about to be effected. Messrs Thomas, asked for information, declined either to deny or confirm rumour.
Western Times - Friday 15 May 1914

Oil pervert

More complaints are being lodged with the Exeter police from respectable women, who have been the victims of a person or persons going about and surreptitiously pouring oil on dresses. There was apparently a cessation of the outrages Sunday and Monday, but on Tuesday five cases were reported. They began about the five cases were reported. They began about the middle of last week, and all of them have occurred between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, and in various parts of the city, but chiefly in the neighbourhood of the Barnfield, Southernhay. and Queen-street. A few have been reported from High-street, Fore-street, and Bridge-street, and one only from St. Thomas.
Western Times - Friday 15 May 1914

Men support suffrage

A meeting under the auspices of the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies and the Conservative and Unionist Women's Franchise Association was held at the Barnfield Hall, Exeter, Tuesday afternoon. Miss Montgomery, who was announced to preside, was unable to be present... In the evening, at the Barnfield Hail, there was meeting for men only in connection with the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. It was the first of such meetings promoted by the Southwestern Federation, and though the hall was not full, the attendance was certainly good, and a smack of novelty was lent to the proceedings by the fact that smoking was permitted—a concession, if that description may be used, which those on the platform took full advantage of.
Western Times - Friday 15 May 1914

Mobilisation. V.A.D. EXERCISE. TO-DAY'S OPERATIONS.

Exeter and a number of places in East Devon will assume very war-like appearance for a large number of the Voluntary Aid Detachments in the county will mobilised and perform the duties, which would devolve upon them in time of invasion. Clearing hospitals, temporary hospitals, convalescent depots, and rest stations will be established in various centres, while ambulance trains will run between Exeter and Honiton and Topsham. Everything will be done as if there had been a big battle, and, although a considerable number of the wounded will exist on paper, still a good many cases—represented by Boy Scouts—will have to be dealt with the Clearing Hospital at Honiton, and forwarded by road rail to the various convalescent depots and temporary hospitals. The various detachments will also be inspected, those performing this duty including Major Steele (Exeter), Major Tyndall (Devonport R.A.M.C. Sanitary-officer), and Major Thomson (Chief Sanitary-officer, encamped with, the Special Reserve D.R. at Honiton.
The article finished with…
There will be temporary hospitals at the Episcopal Modern School (No. 3) and Exeter School (No. 5), in addition to the places in yesterday's "Gazette." The rest stations will not open to the public.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 16 May 1914

Beating the bounds

The Exeter bounds, extended to include the Heavitree area, were beaten for the first time on Wednesday. There was a large following and the standard bearer set a hot pace, but forty-three completed the circuit of nearly twenty miles.
Western Times - Friday 29 May 1914

I'm copped

“I’m copped," was the confession of Richard Allen to P.C. Weeks in Howell-road, Exeter, late Monday night. Allen's movements and manner had aroused suspicion in the officer's mind, and when the constable discovered him with a jemmy and sundry other implements of which housebreakers sometimes make use, he made the foregoing observation. He was remanded.
Western Times - Friday 29 May 1914

Exeter City leaving Queen Street StationCaption: The Exeter City players and officials leaving Queen-street Station, yesterday, for the Argentine, where they are to play a series of matches. The remainder of the team join the party at Southampton this morning.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 22 May 1914

APRIL 1914

Boy With a Gun at Exeter

A twelve-year-old boy appeared before Messrs. A. McCrea (in the chair) and H. Hall at Exeter Children's Court, summoned for firing an air gun in Holloway-street. Chief Constable Nicholson told the Bench that a gentleman was passing at the bottom of the street when a shot whistled past his head. Defendant had hit an Automobile Club sign, and the shot glanced off. The boy expressed regret for his action at the time. Early in the evening another boy complained to the police that the defendant had pointed the gun at him and threatened to fire.—The magistrates ordered the father to whip the defendant and pay costs.
Western Times - Tuesday 07 April 1914

Comment

It seems to be the fashion among a certain section of young men in the city to stand about the streets in gangs, blocking up the pavements, and when requested to make room for more orderly members of Society responding with language more forcible than polite. A general nuisance to others, and but little service to themselves, it is time these young hooligans were brought to book. The other evening I noticed a particularly abusive group take possess of part of the pavement in Fore-street. Several gentlemen accompanied by lady friends were obliged to step on to the road, and one of them, who remonstrated with the young men. was answered with very vile language. The same evening another gang took their stand in Fore-street, opposite the entrance to Market-street. Although they remained on the road they were quite as great a nuisance, and several cyclists were forced to dismount. as the gang refused to budge, and only laughed when one cyclist fell off in trying to avoid collision with one of the gang. Surely it is time the police dealt in a sharp manner with these pests.
Western Times - Tuesday 07 April 1914

Lady Buller opposes Women's Suffrage

Lady Audrey Buller has accepted the office of President of the Exeter Branch of the National Society for Opposing Woman Suffrage in the place of Lady Fortescue, who finds that she is unable to attend to the duties owing to her residence being such a distance from Exeter.
Western Times - Thursday 09 April 1914

Women's Suffrage Meeting

Miss Muriel Matters, of the Actress Franchise League, a well-known and one of the most persuasive of Women Suffrage speakers, addressed a meeting held at the Barnfield Hall, Exeter, on Friday, under the auspices of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Miss M F Willcocks presided.
Western Times - Thursday 09 April 1914

Inquest on baby

The City Coroner (Mr. W. Linford Brown) conducted an inquest at the Exeter Police Station on Monday, relative to the death of a newly-born male child, which was found in the turbine of the machinery at the South Devon Ice Works, Bonhay-road, on Sunday.
Western Times - Thursday 09 April 1914

STEALING FOR CHIPS.
EXETER CASE.

At Exeter Police Court, yesterday, Frank Tap, a boy, of Cotton’s Buildings, was summoned for stealing 2d. from Lilian Dymock, on March 27. The Chief-Constable said Dymock, a little girl, was sent by her father to get some meat. The defendant met her and asked her where she was going. She told him, and he took the 2d. away from her, and asked her to go into a shop to inquire the price of some cake. She went, and when she came out, the defendant had gone. A day or two later, the little girl and her father met defendant and questioned him about the theft, which he denied. When he was seen by the police, however, he. said, “I had it; I wanted some chips; I spent the money in Preston-street." The Bench placed the defendant under the Probation Officer for 12 months.
Western Times - Thursday 09 April 1914

Vicar given photos by Miss Mary HareMiss Hare was the daughter of James Hare, founder of the Devon and Somerset Stores. She was an enthusiatstic photographer, and was a co-founder of the Exeter Pictorial Record Society. Many of her photos are held at the Devon Heritage Centre.

On Wednesday, at a meeting the parishioners of Heavitree, the Rev. M. W. Melrose, who has been one of the curates of the parish since 1911, and who is leaving for Sidmouth, was presented with a purse containing £24, a private service of communion plate in silver, and an illuminated address containing the names the the subscriber, and embellished with photographs taken by Miss Hare, of Whipton.
Western Times - Friday 17 April 1914

Wagoner retires after 45 years

Monday morning last there passed away James Ford, who held the record for long and faithful employment as a wagoner, having seen 45 years' constant service in the employment of Messrs. Wilson and Son. timber importers, of Exeter. His devotion to his employers and also to his horses was most perfect, and many times has he given up his own money and time rather than let his horses suffer any way after long and trying journeys. He had a seizure about eleven months ago, and has since been gradually failing. He will be laid to rest on Sunday next in the Higher Cemetery at 4.15 p.m.
Western Times - Friday 17 April 1914

Serious Motor Accident at Exeter

A serious motor occurred about one o'clock yesterday at the corner of Magdalen-road and Denmark-road, Exeter. A car belonging to Mr. Harold Rowe, J.P., of Matford-avenue, was passing when a young lad stepped, it is believed, from the pathway right in the track of the car, with the result that he was knocked down, receiving serious injuries to the head. The unfortunate lad was at once taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where now lies in a critical condition. He remained unconscious up to late yesterday afternoon, and his identity was not established until he had come round, when he was able to give his name as Reginald Rooke, Howell-road, Exeter.
On inquiry at the Hospital last evening we were informed that the lad Rooke was about the same.
Western Times - Saturday 18 April 1914

Attractive Film
AT EXETER EMPIRE.
THE ARMY.

The life of the British soldier, whether at work play, has always an interest for the civilian, and many would be glad to have a peep at how our recruits are trained to take their place in the ranks of one the best-drilled Armies of the world. A good idea of a soldier's training and his recreations is given in the British Army film which is being shown at the Empire Theatre, Exeter, during the present week. So long is the film that the first half is being screened for the first three; days, the latter part being shown for the remainder of the week.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 21 April 1914


EXETER MOTOR SMASH
Taxi Dashes Into an Electric Standard High Street

Just after o'clock this morning a crash heard in High-street, which caused several the employes the General Postoffice rush into the main thoroughfare. They then found that just above the Post-office a taxi-car, belonging to Messrs. Reid and Evans, was over the footpath on the left-hand side the street, Opposite the establishment Messrs. Mark Rowe and Son, in a badly damaged condition. It appears that the car had left the Garage in New North-road about two o'clock, the driver proceeding to another part of the City to take fare.
The car came around the corner at the London Inn Square into High-street, and the wheel marks showed that the vehicle after negotiating the corner, had been driven straight across the road, and had crashed into an electric standard. One of the front wheels was knocked off, and the fore part of the car damaged. The police were quickly on the scene, but fortunately the driver escaped injury. There were passengers the car at the time. Sergt. Wreford took a report of the particulars of the accident. There may an interesting sequel later.
Western Times - Saturday 25 April 1914

Traction engine crashA traction engine drawing a load of stones sank several feet into the roadway in Magdalen-road, Exeter, Friday, and did a lot of damage to water pipes. The engine belonged to Messrs. Warren Bros., of Mount Radford.

MARCH 1914


7th (cyclist) Devon Regiment Week End Camp

Several Companies of the 7th Devon Cyclists moved on Starcross Saturday afternoon, for the purpose of taking part in the week-end camp that is being held there. The first party to arrive was the company who had trained from Cullompton, and were under the command of Major H.S. Hibberd. The Exeter Companies paraded at Headquarters at 2.30 PM and cycled down. There was a muster of between 40 and 50, Capt., H.T. Hems was in charge, the other officers present been Lieuts. L Veitch, C.E. Tudor Jones, F Jones, and Puckridge.
Western Times - Monday 02 March 1914

Anthony and Cleopatra

"Anthony and Cleopatra" (adapted from Shakespeare's masterpiece) will be shown at the Exeter Empire Theatre this week. The film is 7000 ft in length, and cost £40,000 to produce.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 02 March 1914

Rifle Shooting
EXETER LADIES' R.C. v. BARNSTAPLE LADIES' R.C.

A post match was fired last week between the above clubs, and was won by Exeter Ladies' by 9 points. Scores: —
Exeter—Miss Gammon, 99; Mrs. Vooght, 97; Mrs. Prickman, 96; Miss Stone, 95; Mrs. Wood. 89—Total, 476.
Barnstaple—Mrs. Vodden, 97; Miss Taylor, 97; Miss Pitts Tucker, 93; Miss Russell. 92; Miss Thomas, 88—Total, 467.
Western Times - Tuesday 03 March 1914

Anti-Suffrage.
LIVELY MEETING
AT EXETER.

A spirited open-air meeting was held under the auspices of the Exeter Branch of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage at the Fountain, St. Sidwell-street, Exeter last evening. The speaker, Mr. H. B. Samuels had to talk to the accompaniment of a running fire of comments, satirical, contradictory, and humorous. Towards the end, with a good number of protagonists of suffrage for women present, the meeting was nothing but a battle of statement and denial, both on the part of the speaker and members of his audience.
Mr. Samuels' pointed out, at the outset, that Women's Suffrage was merely a movement that provided for the recreation of a number of highly strung, well-educated women. No one really wanted the vote. The women were very well looked after by the legislation of the country. What law would any of the members the Exeter Branch Women's Suffrage Societies want altered
Voice: The Married Women’s Act, whereby a mother could not the Guardian her own children.
Well, replied the speaker, it was quite right that it should be so. The father was made absolutely responsible for the child, and he had answer to the law for any neglect, or otherwise, and if a woman was made responsible it would be a great hardship upon her. He contended that if it was necessary that any law should be altered it would be far easier for the women to agitate and to educate public opinion, and thus get the law altered than to burn houses and smash windows. Man did it by agitation and educating public opinion. …
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 05 March 1914

Builders demand pay rise

The organised branches of the building trade in Exeter—carpenters, joiners, bricklayers, masons, and painters— have given formal notice through their secretary, Mr. W.C. Youlden, of a demand for an increase in pay. The notice was received by the secretary of the Master Builders' Association, Mr. W. Richards, on Saturday evening. A request for an advance was made in the spring last year, but was not given effect to because the condition laid down of four months notice prior to the 1st July in any year was not complied with. Precaution was taken on this occasion to within the limit, but the demand does not take effect until the expiration of four months. The men ask for 1d an hour more all round—except the plastered who demand 1½d—and in addition that on Saturdays work shall, as in some other towns, cease at noon instead of one o'clock as at present.
Western Times - Friday 06 March 1914

Talk on patriotism

“Patriotism and its Relation to National Defence" was the subject of an interesting address given by Mr. Mark Westcott at the St. 'Mary Major's Institute, Exeter on Wednesday evening. Mr. H. Williams occupied the chair.
Western Times - Friday 13 March 1914

Irish Village at Victoria Hall

For two days next week, the Victoria Hall, Exeter, will be transformed into an Irish village. The occasion is the holding of a bazaar, and the date falling on St. Patrick's Day, the scheme for an Irish village is very appropriate. On Tuesday, Mrs. Harold St. Maur will declare the bazaar open, and the ceremony on Wednesday will be performed by Mrs. Ian Amory. At a quarter past one on Tuesday, there will a public luncheon.
Western Times - Friday 13 March 1914

TO DEVELOP EXETER
Suggestions Made as to Future Improvements
COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME

In considering the scheme for providing Exeter with a new Free Library, the Committee came the conclusion that the site opposite the Royal Albert Memorial, the greater part which was included in the demolition area of the Paul-street Improvement, was the most suitable, but at the same time they felt that care should taken that it did not hamper conflict with any further development of Queen-street which their successors might desire to undertake. They resolved accordingly that an expert should be engaged to advise generally as to the future laying out this thoroughfare…
The municipal centre which has been designed would involve the clearing not only Paul-etreet proper, but eventually, when the time came to erect municipal buildings, the Market and St. Pancras Church as well. The provision of a further public building would need the demolition of houses at the corner of Queen-street and High-street. But most these proposals would have to remain over for consideration in the more or less distant future, for, as we are informed the title whole scheme "is policy of improvement within period of 100 years." The first building to be dealt with would the new Library, the north-west corner of the Paul-street site. The second building to be commenced would be the municipal offices and City Hail. The other large halls which will so effectively complete the composition may not come into existence for large number of years.
Western Times - Saturday 14 March 1914

Mrs Brock dies

Very deep regret will be the feeling in Exeter and over a very wide district at the news the death Mrs Brook, wife of W. Brock, of Parker's Well, Exeter, and head the well-known firm of Messrs. W. Brock and Co., house furnishers, etc., of Exeter and Torquay. The sad and unexpected intelligence was received the family late Friday evening by telegram from Mentone, where Mrs. Brook had been staying during the past two months for the benefit of her health.
Western Times - Friday 20 March 1914

Stranger steals from hotels

On Tuesday a well-dressed stranger visited several of the Exeter hotels, and at two them stole money which had been deposited in boxes for the benefit of the Widows' and Orphans’ Fund of the Commercial Travellers' Benevolent Institution. He is described as of middle height, well dressed, and to have a blotchy face. He is evidently an old hand at the game, for only a few days ago a precisely similar robbery occurred at one of the hotels at Southampton. The thief is supposed to be working in Devon and Cornwall, and hotel keeper, should therefore be on the alert.
Western Times - Friday 20 March 1914

Thirteen salmon

Councillor Garnsworthy, of Exeter, last week had a run of luck with the rod on the River Exe. Fishing at Trew's Weir, he landed two salmon on Tuesday, and eleven on Thursday. While he can obtain such good sport this, he is hardly likely to forsake the Exe for mackerel fishing, as he said was his intention when he lost the right to fish in the Council water at Head Wear.
Western Times - Friday 27 March 1914

Exeter City v SouthendTigerCaption: The points divided.

A very dull game
A less interesting Southern League game than that between the City and Southend has hardly ever been seen at St James’.
Having regard to the boisterous wind, which blew in fitful gusts down the field, nobody expected a good game, but certainly everybody anticipated a better one than actually took place.
Pym had very little to do, and only one really difficult shot came his way. The tall Kebbell, in the other goal had two dangerous shots to field, and the occasions on which the keepers were troubled reflects the ineffectiveness of the forward ranks.
Defence predominated on both sides, and Southend packed their goal with effect.
Exeter City 0 0 Southend
Crowd 4,000
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 9 March 1914

FEBRUARY 1914


Cup tie

EXETER INVADED

Typical Cup Tie Scenes in the City

ON SATURDAY

The main thoroughfares of the City on Saturday morning presented an animated appearance, as thousands of persons coming from all parts to witness the Cup-tie at St. James's Field between Exeter City and Aston Villa. The colours of the contending sides were on sale, and the street hawkers of these wares did a roaring business, as also did the sellers of the programmes giving the names the teams. The Exeter City mascot—a goat—was also paraded.
Although the time for the kick-off was not until three o'clock, the gates at St. James's Park were thrown open at noon, and people quickly began to pour into the cheaper parts of the ground. The weather was dull, but, fortunately, was not cold. There was a great deal of excitement, and some of the street scenes were lively and humorous, all sorts of devices being displayed by enthusiasts to show their partizanship.
From noon the streets of Exeter street hawkers were busy selling favours and by enthusiasts to show their partisanship. Some walked about under umbrellas of red and white, emblazoned with strange devices, all meant to hearten the Grecians.
It was noticeable that a good many were wearing a combination rosette of red and white, green and black, not a pleasing blend, perhaps, but it denoted that, they were hopeful for the chances of both the Devon teams who were meeting last year's finalists, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
About midday nasty drizzle set in, and this made matters a bit uncomfortable for those who had taken up positions on the ground early. There was a small crowd waiting outside the shilling entrance before eleven o'clock on Saturday morning.

Result - Exeter City 1 (McCann) Aston Villa 2 (Hampton 2)
Attendance at the game was 10,000 and £910 was taken.

Western Times - Monday 02 February 1914

Gas prices reduced

The directors of the Exeter Gas Company announce the following further reductions in the price of gas in the city: For general purposes, from 2s 6d to 2s 4d per 1,000 cubic feet. For gas engines, under 50,000 cubic feet per half year, from 2s 5d to 2s 2d per 1,000 cubic feet; over 50,000 cubic feet and under 250,000 cubic feet, per half year, from 2s 2d to 2s per 1,000 cubic feet; over 250,000 cubic feet, per half year, from 1s 11d to 1s 10d per 1,000 cubic feet. Western Times - Friday 06 February 1914

Mortality Rate

The annual rate of mortality in Exeter last' week averaged 18 per 1,000 as against an average of 15.6 for the 97 great towns including Exeter) of England and Wales, Devonport was lowest on the list with an average eleven. Plymouth's figure was 17. Western Times - Friday 20 February 1914

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Report of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for week ending Thursday, 19th February.— Discharged patients: Cured, 9; benefited, 3; made out-patients. 16; incurable, 1; died, 1. Number of in-patients after the discharge last Thursday, 150; admitted during the week, 39-187; discharged. 30; in the house after the discharge, 157. Average daily number in-patients during the week, 156; number of out-patients on the books, 579; attendances by out-patients during the week, 480; at Ockenden Convalescent Home, Torquay, 1. Western Times - Friday 20 February 1914

Farthing Breakfast

Yesterday morning I called attention to the fact that the Exeter Farthing Breakfast Fund was in financial straits, and that, unless more money speedily came hand, many youngsters would have to breakfastless to school. The sum of £50 is required at once to carry on the good work so ably directed by Mr. G. L. Boundy, and I hope the appeal I am making will be generously responded to. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 24 February 1914

VOTES FOR WOMEN.

Mrs. Philip Snowden's Eloquent Speech

AT EXETER LAST NIGHT

Mrs Philip Snowden, the well-known advocate of Women's Suffrage, was the principal speaker at the Barnfield Hall, Exeter, last night a at meeting convened by the local branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, a non-party and noon-militant body. (Mrs. Snowden addressed a similar gathering the City some time when she made great impression. Since then she has visited the United States, and on her reappearance Exeter last evening she received a very hearty and enthusiastic welcome from a crowded audience.
Mr. Walker King, who presided said that never before had he taken the chair on an occasion that gave him more pride or pleasure. As a politician of thirty years standing, he declared that no candidate at the next election would have his support of a vote who did not put women’s suffrage in the forefront of his platform. They constantly went to women to help social, political and religious questions, and how, in the name commonsense and justice, could they refuse them the suffrage? Western Times - Thursday 26 February 1914

County Ground Mortgage

Mr. H. E. Duke, K.C.. M.P.. has taken the necessary shares to clear off the heavy mortgage on the County Ground, St. Thomas, so that the Company will now be relieved of all anxiety under this head. Western Times - Friday 27 February 1914

Fire in the Mint

Yesterday, Exeter Brigade were summoned to a house in the Mint, where some clothes had been put in front the fire and caught alight, but the flames were extinguished with a couple of buckets of water, and the assistance of the firemen was not needed. Western Times - Friday 27 February 1914

Lecture on aviation

Professor H. F. Lunn, of the Exeter UNiversity College, lectured members of the Exeter Literary Society last evening on "Aviation." His illustrations on the screen, showing the various types of flying machines, and the history of the experiments in aviation from early times, proved exceedingly interesting. Mr. J. Hinton Lake presided, and the lecturer was heartily thanked. Western Times - Friday 27 February 1914

Paving Sidwell Street

Exeter City Council on Tuesday decided upon wood-paving Sidwell-street as far as the Wesleyan Church. This was inevitable, as the condition of the road has long been anything but satisfactory, while the rateable value is going up. The increased annual cost will of course, be considerable, but the advantages will be relatively greater. An attempt made to reverse the decision to widen Haven-road and Water-lane. There is undoubtedly strong feeling that the scheme is too much the benefit private interests, Those, however, who behind it have evidently managed buttress sufficiently against any opposition that might brought to bear. Some of the remarks made last night make unpleasant reading. Western Times - Friday 27 February 1914


Kings Gift to ExeterTigerAn interesting event in the history of the Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum, which is named after the husband of the late Queen Victoria, took place at the institution on Wednesday, when one of the tigers which was shot by his grandson, King George V., during his visit to India, and which has been presented to the city by his Majesty, was unveiled by Lady Wills, wife of Sir Chaning Wills, Bart., of Harcombe, Chudleigh, chairman the Museum Committee, in the presence of a gathering representative both of both the city and county. The necessary alterations to the Museum, cost of mounting and casing were carried out at the expense of Sir Chaning Wills, Bart.
Western Times - Friday 20 February 1914

JANUARY 1914

THE PASSING OF 1913

How Old Years Night was Celebrated At EXETER.

Punctually the stroke of midnight the bells of many of the Exeter churches rang out their joyous peals, indicating that the Old year had passed, and that the New Year had been ushered in. Seeing the Old Year out, in Exeter, as elsewhere, generally means that groups are to seen assembled in the main thoroughfares wishing all and sundry "a bright and happy New Year." Last evening the old custom was regarded in Exeter with that enthusiasm which has demonstrated the passing of the year in days that are gone. Various groups foregathered High-street, Sidwell-street , and Fore-street long before the midnight-hour and as Old Peter announced that the year 1913 was no more, the citizens in the streets indulged in hand-shaking, and the expression of wishes for the best of health, happiness, and good luck in the year which had dawned. Be it said to the credit the "Ever Faithful," rowdy scenes or exhibitions of drunkenness in the streets were conspicuous by their absence; this is as it should be. Not that it must though be that the "wee drappie" was not passed round, but anything approaching unseemly behaviour, was never present. Western Times - 1 January 1914

MOTOR FIRE ENGINE – ARRIVAL AT EXETER

The new motor fire engine, which has been purchased for Exeter, arrived at St. David’s Station, last evening. The engine, which was built by Messrs. Merryweather, of London, will be driven to the Exeter Station, this morning, and should prove a valuable acquisition to the existing appliances of the city. The engine will be publicly christened in front of the Rougemont Hotel, on Saturday next! Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 1 January 1914

Bad Start for the New Year at Exeter

A cab-driver named Richard Gill, of West View-terrace, Exeter, opened the New Year very badly, for at 2.40 yesterday morning he was found by P.S. Bradford to be drunk while in charge of a cab outside the Victoria Hall where a dance was being held. He was brought up at the Police Court yesterday before Mr. Tom Linscott, and was fined 5s. P.S. Bradford and P.C, Weeks giving evidence. Defendant, who, was said, was very troublesome, maintained that he was quite fit to drive, although he had been treated by several "fares" during the evening. Western Times - 2 January 1914

BISHOP'S MOTOR

A Handsome Gift from the Diocese

On Christmas Day the Bishop of Exeter received the appended letter from Earl Fortescue (Lord Lieutenant of Devon):
My dear Lord Bishop—l am writing on behalf of a few friends whose names you will find in the book that accompanies this letter, to offer for your acceptance a motor-car, which awaits orders at Messrs. Standfield and White's garage. We ask you to receive our Christmas present as a mark of our appreciation of the strenuous manner in you have laboured among us ever since your appointment, and we sincerely hope that it will enable you to carry on your work with less strain and fatigue, and that you may long be spared to give the diocese the benefit of the watchful energy which has marked your administration during the last ten years. The rug in the car is for Mrs. Robertson, and we hope she will find it useful when she goes motoring. With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.—l am, yours sincerely, Fortescue.

A handsome album accompanied the letter, and contained the following illuminated address: "Presented to Archibald, Lord Bishop of Exeter, together with a motor-car, by a few lay friends in the diocese, whose names are here inscribed, as a token of their esteem and as an expression of their cordial appreciation of his ten years strenuous and devoted work amongst them; dated December, 1913." On the outer cover was a representation of the arms the See and Mitre, and inside a pictorial representation of the South-West Front of the Palace and the South Tower of the Cathedral. …

…The Bishop has sent the following letter of thanks to Earl Fortescue:
The Palace, my dear Fortescue,—l am greatly touched by the kindness which has prompted you and your fellow subscribers to present me with this beautiful motor-car, the more so as I am profoundly conscious of my own too slender deservings.
I hope I may be allowed to welcome the gift as a tribute rather to the office I bear, rather than to any worthiness of my own to fill it. And I trust that it may enable me to give to my people more efficient service than can said to have rendered during the ten years.
At the same time, I appreciate most deeply the personal affection and goodwill which has inspired the donors, so strikingly shown in the thought which has been devoted to every detail.

I must associate Mrs. Robertson's name with my own in this expression of thanks, especially in regard to the accessories intended more particularly for her use. Pray, receive from me, for yourself and for all who have joined you in this most generous action, my most heartfelt greetings and benediction for this sacred season and for the New Year. Your sincere friend and
Servant in the Lord.
A. EXON. - Western Times - 2 January 1914

Jewish curiosity

I wonder if any of my readers who are interested in such things know of the curious old Jewish purification bath, which is still existent in the basement No. 2, Bartholomew-street, Exeter. I happened to get sight on it the other, day, and learnt that the house was, one time, the residence of a Jewish Rabbi, which, of course, explains the existence of the bath. Above the latter, affixed to the wall a little distance away, is a flat piece of wood projecting horizontally, on which used to hang the chain or cord by means of which people were lowered into the bath. The bath itself was once an elaborate affair,, and is still in a respectable state of preservation. A sloping board runs down to it from the floor, and its sides are fitted with painted tiles. I haven't been able to find any date or any more information than I have given. Perhaps some of my readers can throw more light upon the matter. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 5 January 1914

Fire Engine Delivered

Everyone who saw Exeter's new motor fire engine, which was christened on Saturday, was impressed by its smart and up-to-date appearance, and still more its effective work in the demonstration at the Rougemont Hotel. "Exonia" was the name given to the Brigade's new "baby " by the Mayoress. It was unfortunate that the demonstration should have been delayed by the bursting of one of the water mains. The Exeter mains do not often give trouble of this kind, but, perhaps, it was just as well that accident occurred when it did rather than when the water might have been required for a real fire. The great value of the motor engine is, of course, its capabilities of moving rapidly from one place to another, and specially for country fires. The pity it is that the citizens have to bear the cost, £1,115. I hope the local authorities around the city will see their way to contribute towards its upkeep, for it is their advantage to have such an engine in case of emergency. It can develop 65 horse power, throw water at the rate of nearly 94 tons an hour to a height of 180 feet, has an arrangement for five jets, makes its own electric light, has solid rubber studs on its wheels which will obviate punctures and skidding, carries a fire escape, a big store of hose, and can accommodate 20 firemen. “ONLOOKER." Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 5 January 1914


The Exeter Pantomime

Robinson Crusoe is still going well as the Pantomime Exeter Theatre. There is an amplitude of artistes, and they take their parts in a manner which cannot fail to appeal to the audience. The scenic arrangements, too, are first class. The tableaux are well devised and carried out with exceptional skill. The aeroplane scene is a triumph of artistic effect, and also the under-sea scheme. These and other effects vie favourably with the transformation scenes that used to have such a great influence in the old Pantomime days. The leading artistes are good, and generally the Pantomime is well up to the standard. Miss Alice Wade is a strong favourite in the title character. It is a pity that Miss Arlene Lester is unable, through ill-health, to continue her part as "The Fairy Caroline." but a capable substitute has been found in Miss Dora Harvey, an artiste who has won a high reputation. The ballets and dances by the Espinosa girls are still an attractive feature of the performance. Last evening there was a well filled house', and the whole Pantomime went with a delightful swing. Western Times - 6 January 1914


HIS WISH GRATIFIED

A ragged, weather-beaten, neglected looking, Samuel Rowe, a vagrant, of no fixed abode, was before the Exeter Bench yesterday… charged with having on Saturday night smashed the window of Leonard Gale, Fore-street. P.C, Fouracre said he was duty in Fore-street on Saturday night, when he heard the smashing of glass. Going to the scene of the disturbance, he saw the defendant standing outside Mr. Gale's shop, and on charging him with the offence, Rowe replied. “Yes, I did it. I did the right thing at the right time. I am better off in prison than I am here, roaming about." Witness said defendant had been drinking, but could not say that he was drunk. Evidence was given by Mr. Gale, who said that he did not know the defendant at all. About £3 10s worth of damage was done by the smashing the glass.

Asked whether he had anything say, defendant delivered an impassioned outburst against his lot in life. "Exeter prison is my home," he frankly admitted. "I have got no other place to go. I can't get any work, and l am in gaol most of my time." He said he hardly knew what do for the best. It was had to be knocking about the world with nothing to do. "I am ragged and down by neglect. People in this beautiful world have no mercy on me because I have been in prison so many times. They won't do anything for me."

The Chairman: Your idea is get back in prison again, then? —Yes. sir.
The Chairman: Well, chose a smaller window next time.
The Chief Constable (Mr. A. Nicholson) said the defendant was no stranger to the Bench by any means.
The Chairman, in passing sentence, remarked that as the defendant seemed anxious to go back to prison, he was sorry that he could not do more than send him to gaol for two months with hard labour. Before leaving the dock defendant said he wished they could do something for him when he came out in helping him get a living. He was anxious, to do something. The Bench, however, had beard enough, and being hurried off below Rowe fired a parting shot to the magistrates with the remark. “Neither you nor anybody else has got any sense." Western Times - 6 January 1914


Rail service

The L. and S.W.R. announce in our advertisement columns a special half-day excursion to London (Waterloo), from Exeter, Thursday next. The trip, which embraces the whole of the stations on the system between Exeter and Lyme Regis, should prove exceedingly popular. The train will arrive at Waterloo at 3.54 p.m., and return at 12.5, midnight, thus giving a splendid stay in the metropolis. Western Times - 9 January 1914


Exeter Pawnbrokers' Social

The second annual social in connection with the Exeter Assistant Pawnbrokers' Association was held, at the Druids' Hall, Exeter, Wednesday. There was a company of about 90 present, and everyone spent a very pleasant and enjoyable time. The proceedings commenced with a whist drive… The prizes were given by Mr. Brooking, Following the whist drive, light refreshments were partaken of, after which a short and pleasing concert took place. This was followed by games, and the evening concluded with a dance, which lasted until one a.m… Western Times - 9 January 1914


An Exonian One of the Crew

The question as to the identity of the young seaman Harris, who was one of the crew of the A7, it has now been definitely settled, for yesterday morning Mrs. Atkins, of Coombe-street, Exeter, with whom Harris lodged, when in Exeter, received the following communication from the Admiralty:–
Dear madam,–I regret to have to inform you that Frank Charles Harris, able seaman, official number 234,433, formed one of the crew of H.M. submarine A7, tender to H.M.S. ‘Forth,’ which disappeared, about noon on the 16th inst. in Whitsand Bay. It is feared that neither of the officers nor men forming her crew can now be alive,–Your obedient servant, Geo. Davis, for the Accountant–General of the Navy." The sympathy of Exonians will be extended to Mr. and Mrs. Atkins for the loss they have sustained. Should the bodies of the crew be recovered, it is Mrs. Atkins’ intention to have her adopted son buried in Exeter. Western Times - 21 January 1914


4th WESSEX BRIGADE R.F.A.

1st Devonshire Battery.
Thursday: Gun drill, laying semaphore and harness fitting, Exeter 8.15; physical training, Exeter 9.
Friday: Gun drill, laying semaphore, and harness fitting, Exmouth, 8.
Saturday: Riding drill, Exeter and Exmouth, 3.
Notice–Recruits may be attested any drill night: artificers and gunners are mostly required.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 21 January 1914

Soup Kitchen

There appears to be no likelihood of a change in the meteorological conditions for a day or two at any rate, and the opening of the Soup Kitchens at Exeter to-day will be a blessing to many of the poorer folk. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 21 January 1914

Deaf and Dumb at Panto

The children of the Royal West of England Institution for the Deaf and Dumb were today, through the kindness of the management of the Theatre-Royal, enabled to witness the performance of the Pantomime, Robinson Crusoe. The youngsters heartily enjoyed themselves, and thanks are due to Mr. Percy M Dunsford, and his staff for the manner in which the comforts to the children were looked after. Western Times - 30 January 1914

King's Tiger at Museum

It will be remembered that the Exeter Museum was one of those to whom his Majesty the King presented a trophy of his tiger hunting in India. Sir E. Chaning Wills, Bart, of Harcombe, chairman of the Museum Committee of the Royal Albert Memorial, generously undertook the cost of mounting the trophy, and the placed it with Mr. Rowland Ward, of London. The case containing the mounted tiger has now arrived, and the ceremony of unveiling will shortly be arranged. Western Times - 30 January 1914

CartoonDr City: I have every confidence in this mixture
The Owl: If recent testimonials stand for anything, it is all right.

On Exeter City's game against Aston Villa in the cup.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 26 January 1914

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