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Western Times


April 1921

Warriors' Day at Exeter

Warriors' Day was observed at the Theatre Royal, Exeter, yesterday, when a combined programme, by arrangement with directors of the Theatre Royal and the Hippodrome, Messrs. Macdonald and Young and the Variety Artistes' Federation delighted a fair house. All the artistes, musicians, and staff gave their services, and the whole of the proceeds will be handed over to Earl Haig's Fund for Ex-Service Men. Macdonald and Young presented the second act of "The Lilac Domino," and acceptable items were contributed by Max Sterling, Winifred Ellice and Arthur Dee; Buff and Franklin, Evelyn May, and Prince Tokio. During the interval, two bound scores of "The Maid of the Mountains," presented by Messrs. Macdonald and Young, were put up by auction by Mr. Mark Rowe, Messrs. Mark and Sons, on behalf of the fund. Two Australian parakeets, presented by an Exmouth lady, were also submitted at auction. The grand piano was lent by Mr. J. C. Guest. Western Times - Friday 01 April 1921


Another attractive programme has been arranged for patrons of the Exeter Hippodrome next week. Five of the six turns will be first appearances in the city. Topping the bill is Mary Sherrard, the new style comedienne whose services have been secured at considerable expense. Other turns are Fred Fitzroy, a novel speciality "Tarzan's Gymnastic Ape"; The West Maple Trio, in a Canadian musical scena, banjos, dancing, harmony, and comedy, introducing Dugandie, the banjo soloist; Wallie Pearce, the phenomenal dancer; Riley's Wonders, in their original act, "Playing at Pantomime"; Scott Argyle, the Scottish entertainer, with words and music. There will be special pictures on the bioscope. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 02 April 1921h3>An Alleged Exeter Failure At the meeting of Devon Main Roads Committee yesterday, a resolution of the County Councils' Association in favour of adopting the left-hand rule for the footpath was received-Sir John Shelley: As has failed in the City of Exeter I think we can pass on.— No action wars taken. Western Times - Saturday 02 April 1921


Ada Sims, fixed abode, was charged at Exeter Police-court, yesterday, with failing to maintain her child, which had become chargeable to the Poor-law authorities. Accused she left the child with her sister while she sought work. Mr. Snell, clerk to Exeter Board of Guardians, said the child was left on its aunt's doorstep. Replying to questions, Sims admitted she did not have permission to leave the child at the aunt's house. She had been to the Easter Fair and was to have commenced work that morning as a domestic servant. Accused, who had been before the Magistrates on previous occasions, and had no suggestion to make how she should care for her child, was sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment with hard labour. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 02 April 1921


"Patrons of the Palladium again have opportunity of seeing that famous picture, "The Story of the Rosary," which is making a welcome re-appearance for the first three days this week. Featuring Malvina Longfellow, this, production is of intensely dramatic interest, and should prove a big draw. "Movie Talks," Episode 10 of the serial, "The Whirlwind," and the usual incidental* complete the programme. For the latter half, the National Film Co.'s first big production, "Go and get it," is the star number, and is to be supported by “The Stage Hand," featuring Larry Senior, the comedian. "As a Man Thinks," the title of the principal attraction at the City Palace during the first part of the present week, is an absorbing drama, with plenty of material in it to attract and maintain attention. In brief, the representation is that of a husband who omits to remove the beam from his own eye before attempting to pick the mote from his wife's. The story that has been developed is translated on the screen, and the fact that the principal character is taken by Leah Baird indicates that the essential features are capably treated. Perplexed wives in search of ideas for correcting erring spouses will find a host of novelties from which make a selection for experimental purposes of the Sunshine comedy “Training for Husbands." But it would be as well for those prepared to put any of the sunshine system into practical use to bear in mind that even a worm has been known to turn. At the same time, the film is replete with fun. Other items in the Palace programme are Episode 7 of “The Fatal Fortune," a further instalment of Granger's "Marvels of the Universe," and "Pathe Gazette." Commencing with Thursday, the main feature of the programme will be "Love in the Wilderness" (from Gertrude Page's novel). An excellent provided at the Empire Theatre for the first three days of the week. The principal film is "The Light," a super-Fox production, in which there is exceptionally clever acting by Theda Bara. A laughable picture is the Bennett comedy, “It’s a Boy." The seventh episode of “Dare Devil Jack," depicting Jack Dempsev, continues to make the serial interesting. There are specially good pictures of the recent motor trial between London and Land's End, including photographs at London and Porlock Hill. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 05 April 1921

Exeter Girl Charged With Bigamy

Jessie Adcock, 18, an Exeter girl, was charged at Plymouth on Saturday with committing bigamy by marrying John Richards last month, her former husband, whom she was married twelve months ago, being then alive.—P.C. Denley, who received accused in custody from the Exeter police, said the girl told him, "Richards knew I was married before I left Exeter. After came to Plymouth with him I asked him let me return to my husband, but made me marry him." A remand was granted by the magistrates. Western Times - Tuesday 05 April 1921


Several articles changed hands at the auction jumble sale of photographic oddments held in connexion with the Exeter Camera Club. Members were allowed to put into sale any article they wished. The offchance of obtaining a bargain attracted a many lady and clerical members, and their enthusiastic bidding would have raised ? jealousy in many a drapery establishment at sale time. Mr. E. C. Gregory proved a persuasive and humorous auctioneer, but even his fulsome praise of some of the items failed to realise a sale, and a certain archaic dark room lamp, a minimum reserve price of 3d on its head still remains the property of the original a owner. There were some excellent bargains be had at reasonable prices, and, on the whole, the innovation was a success. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 14 April 1921

Interesting Wireless Demonstration at Exeter

At the fortnightly meeting Exeter District Wireless Society held at the Queen's Hotel, Exeter, a highly interesting and successful demonstration was given by Messrs. H. E. Allcock (hon, secretary) and A. H. Brooking (hon. treasurer). Mr. Allcock gave a brief description of the apparatus used in the demonstration, explaining how signals would sent out, by European stations and received in that hotel and automatically printed on paper. He emphasised the necessity of secrecy in regard to all signals except weather reports, and time signals, and being assured on this point proceeded to obtain signals from Berlin and other stations. These were passed through a special type of sensitive relay made by the demonstrators, and thence the printing machine. The whole of the evening signals were recorded from various stations, and the apparatus behaved in a very genial manner, giving no trouble from the moments the signals were received, and recorded them in a perfectly clear type. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to Messrs. Allcock and Brooking, The Society will soon be fitted with workshop and tools, including a lathe, many the item being promised by various members. In the near future an exhibition will be arranged, and members are working hard on apparatus of various descriptions. Western Times - Wednesday 20 April 1921

Exeter Touring Cycle Club Dissolved

The opinion of the members of the Exeter Touring Cycle Club, at meeting held the White Hart Hotel, South-street, Exeter, last evening, for the purpose of winding the Club, was that cycling clubs were a thing of the past. The Chairman (Mr. A. J. Littlejohns) expressed his regret that they should be dissolved. Unless there was younger blood introduced into the Club they could not expect to carry on. They were in the stage "has beens."—It was proposed and seconded that the Club be dissolved, and the motion was carried. The sum of £5 10s 6d, which stood to the Club's credit, it was agreed should be sent to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, after expenses had been paid. Western Times - Wednesday 20 April 1921

Damage to Potato Crops in Exeter District

A very severe frost occurred in Exeter and district yesterday. In many places much damage was done to the fruit crops. Gooseberries in particular suffered severely. Early potato stalk were cut down badly. Western Times - Thursday 21 April 1921


Exeter's position in regard the coal famine is not so serious as that of some neighbouring towns, but if the mines continue idle it will soon become critical. EXETER STOCK OF DOMESTIC COAL. Of domestic coal the stocks in the merchants' yards at the present moment do not exceed a total of 535 tons, as compared with 696 tons a week ago. Allowing for cases in which extra quantity was claimed account of illness, and for some person having taken their fortnight's allowance in one week, it is roughly estimated that at the rate of the present distribution —namely, a half cwt. per week—there is enough in stock to keep the citizens supplied for domestic purposes for between three and four weeks. That would mean a total about 150 tons week. The actual distribution for the past week was 163 tons. Much depends, course, on the weather. If the cold spell continues, more will coal be consumed. Five thousand permits were issued at the office of the Coal Controller (Mr. T. Moulding) for the week ending yesterday. An increase of permits to 7,000 would mean that the consumption would jump up to 193 tons per week, and if they should go up to 9,000 – which is considered, the official view, not improbable—the consumption would be 290 tons per week. Under these circumstances, it would not be wise to reckon the City's stock- being sufficient at the present moment to carry over more than about 2½ or three weeks.
It will be seen that the City is getting unpleasantly close to coal starvation. At the instance of the Government, the Town Clerk has issued request all citizens exercise the strictest economy with the object of conserving all kinds of fuel. Householders are asked to limit the amount of cooking, the use of artificial light, and of water. If the situation does not quickly improve the Exeter Coal Control Committee will, it is expected, consider the advisability of further curtailing the weekly allowance…
Western Times - Saturday 23 April 1921

TRAGIC EXETER STORY Child Sustains Fatal Burns in Mother's Absence

“Accidental death" was the verdict returned at an inquest held at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Saturday the the 15 months old son of Sergt. Jas. Reynolds, R.G.A.
The evidence showed that the deceased was left in a bed-sitting-room at 54, Holloway-street, Exeter, while Mrs. Reynolds went downstairs. Five minutes afterwards Mrs. Reynolds heard screams, and on going upstairs found the deceased enveloped in flames. The child was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and died one hour after admission. Dr. Rolfe said with the exception the feet and ankles, practically the whole of the body was burnt. Mrs. Reynolds told the City Coroner (Mr. W. Unfold Brown) that she thought the accident was caused by the baby putting on the fire a brush which she left in the dustbin.
In reply to the Coroner, Sergt. Reynolds explained' that there was no fireguard around the fire because quite recently he had been taken from the permanent strength of the barracks to the attached list, ready to go to another depot at any moment, but he had thought of getting one. "I should have, however, carry it about with me. My wages will not allow me to carry too much about. I move about all over England, and have to take my wife with me, but the Government bears no portion of the expense.
Western Times - Monday 25 April 1921


A spark from the kitchen fire 45, St. David's Hill. Exeter, occupied Mr. G. F. Marshall, was the cause of about £75 damage being done yesterday. It is believed that the spark set fire to the contents of a basket, and that this, in turn, ignited some clothes on a stand, with the result that the table and most of the furniture in the kitchen were eventually involved, while a quantity of glass vas smashed as a result of firefighting operations. The Exeter Fire Brigade, under Supt. Pett, was at the scene within three minutes of receiving the call, but found that the outbreak had been practically subdued by a number of men working at the house. The damage is covered by insurance in the Commercial Union.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 27 April 1921


The Governors of Exeter Dispensary, despite the fact that a few months ago they revised their scale of charges for the treatment of patients, find difficulty making the income meet expenditure. Consequently, at a special meeting of the Governors, yesterday, it was agreed that cases of maimed people, otherwise eligible, and their children, or others entirely dependent upon them, the wage limit be raised from £2 to £3 week, and that persons in receipt of 50s a week and over should pay 1s a week for medicine instead of 6d per week. It was also decided that, in addition to the last charge, persons receiving £1 a week or over, if admitted as particular cases, namely, where the wages are from £3 to £3 10s, the nominal additional fee be not less than 2s 6d a week, and that, in cases where wages were from £3 10s to £4, the nominal additional fee be not less than a 5s a week. The Mayor (Mr. A. C. Roper) expressed hope that the Committee would not sacrifice medical work owing to expenditure on surgical work. The Chairman, Canon McLaren, Dr. Pereira Gray, Mewrs. Hoyle, Lisle, and Pring assured the Mayor that the Committee was fully cognisant of the importance of the institution confining efforts to medical work whenever possible. Dr. Pereira Gray remarked that the surgical work was generally of a very minor character, and that appliances required were usually mainly paid for by patients. The Mayor said he had every confidence in the Committee. He only mentioned the matter with a view to saving money on surgical work, which might be performed elsewhere if the cost to the institution were large. He had in mind that the Dispensary was a medical institution.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 28 April 1921

Cat in Cyclist's Wheel at Exeter

A cat was the cause of an Queen-street, Exeter, last evening. When James Atkins, of 2, Park-road, Polsloe-road, Exeter, was passing the Victoria Hall, a cat ran across the road and got entangled in the front wheel his cycle, with the result that Atkins was thrown heavily to the ground, sustaining a cut near the eye, through his glasses breaking. He was taken to the Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was treated Dr. Goldsmith and made out patient.
Western Times - Thursday 28 April 1921

Property Sales at Exeter

At the Bude HoteI, Exeter, yesterday, Mr. Frank G. Walkey sold by public auction No. 29 and No. 41. Thornton Ball, Exeter, the former being purchased Mr. W. H. Hamlin (of High-street, Exeter), for £1,300, and the latter by Major J. S. Conole (of Silverstown, Dawlish.), for .£1,OOO. The solicitor for the vendor was Mr. Norman J. Lake, of Exeter. At the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter yesterday, Messrs. Wilson, Son and Coombe offered for sale by auction the attractive freehold country residence, known *' Spurfield/' Exminster, with well timbered grounds, gardens stabling, motor house, cottages, and productive land, all about 9¼ acres. A special attraction was the fact that possession was obtainable on completion of the purchase. The bidding, however, not reaching the reserve figure, the property was withdrawn and may be treated for privately.
Western Times - Friday 29 April 1921

Exeter Comrades

At a meeting of "The Comrades of the Great War," held at 143, St. Sidwell-street, Exeter, the following resolutions were passed: – "That this meeting of the Committee of “The Comrades the Great War,” having considered the case of the man Maunder, of Rockbeare, Exeter, who advertised for a man specially stipulating that 'no ex-Service man need apply,' would impress upon all ex-Service men and patriotic citizens that he should be similarly treated, and that no ex-Service men, those who have relatives and friends who served, or who have relatives and friends men made in the great war, should have any dealings whatever with an individual who has no sense of gratitude for those who fought for him and endured great hardships, whilst he was living comfortably at home." It was also resolved that the Secretary write to the member for Exeter (Sir Robert Newman. M.P.) drawing his attention to the fact that whilst there are 800 ex-Service men unemployed in the City, young girls are going taken the Army Pay Corps, and that overtime is being worked, and ask him if will endeavour see that A.C.I. 223 of 1921, dealing with the employment of ex-Service men is adhered to, both in the spirits and letter by these ?
Western Times - Friday 29 April 1921

Exeter Amateurs Exeter Operatic Society Members of the Exeter Amateur Operatic Society, who have been performing "The Rose Persia" this week. They are:—Top (left), Miss M. Bendall, Mrs, W. F. Crabb, Miss W. M. Balchin; (right), Mr. C. Bartlett and Mrs. Sturdy. Bottom (left), Miss Balchin and Mr. W. Isaac; (right), Miss Tamlyn.
Western Morning News - Saturday 23 April 1921


March 1921


About 10.45 yesterday morning a collision occurred between two motor cars at the bottom of Summerland-street, Exeter. Frederick James Putty, R.E. Headquarters, was driving a motor from Eaton-place at the time a motor car driven by Charles Edgar Lowe, of the Railway Hotel, Held, was coming from Clifton-road into Eaton-place. Both cars were damaged, but no one injured. Henry R. Mawle, 93, Old Tiverton-road was driving a motor car with chassis in tow from Radford-road into Holloway-street about 5 p.m. when he collided with a cycle ridden by Dr. William Percy, R.G.A., Topsham Barracks, who sustained a cut thumb and had his cycle badly damaged.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 01 March 1921

Exeter Boy International

Young Smale, the Exeter school boy, who played in the Boys' International Trial, West v. Last, at Bristol, on Saturday, and scored a try, has been given his International Cap, and will play for England against Wales.
Western Times - Tuesday 01 March 1921


A large congregation attended Alphington Parish Church Sunday afternoon to listen to an organ recital given by Rev. H. E. C. Lewis, M.A. F.R.C.O., who has been blind from birth. The rev gentleman also gave an inspiring address. A collection was taken in aid of the work of Sir Arthur Pearson Bart., G.B.E.. President of the National Institute for the Blind.
Western Times - Friday 04 March 1921

AFTER THREE YEARS Mystery of Etonian Soldier's Fate Solved

Mrs. R. Clatworthy, of 122, Fore-street, Exeter, has received official notification from the Imperial War Graves Commission, that the body of her son, 10459, Pte. S. Clatworthy, Broadclyst, was found in the vicinity of Lillebecke during the exhumation of bodies from cemeteries in places unsuitable for permanent retention. The remains have been interred in Crater Cemetery, Lillebcke The new grave been only marked with a cross bearing all particulars, and registered at the office of the Commission. Appropriate religious service was conducted and the reburial was carefully and reverently carried out. Pte. Clatworthy, who was unmarried, joined in August, 1914. At one time he was working a farm at Broadclyst. Wounded in the of Battle Loos, he was brought to England for hospital treatment, then returning in France, but, blood-poisoning taking place, was once again sent to hospital. In April, 1916, he returned to the front, and in October 1917, the report was received by his mother that he was "missing, believed prisoner of war." From that time until now Mrs. Clatworthy has lived in hope that sooner or later news of her son would be received from Germany. Now all doubts have been set at rest with the official notification of the finding of the body.
Western Times - Friday 04 March 1921


Interest of almost a unique nature attaches a to movement which has been headed by the Mayor of Exeter to signalise the jubilee of Mr. John Stocker's entry into public life. On March 16th 1871, was held the first meeting of the St. Thomas School Board, to which Mr. Stocker had been elected, and never since that time has there been any long intermission in his activities for the public weal, though they have increased vastly since the absorption of the parish in the city. His work has extended to almost every department of civic life, and to extent unparalleled in most boroughs he has been the very of centre events. But education has never ceased to exercise first claim on his enthusiasm and energy, and the teachers of the city are well represented by the Committee which has in hand the duty in raising a presentation fund. Subscriptions should be forwarded before the 9th inst. one of the Hon. Secretaries (the Town Secretary for Education; the Hon. Treasurer (Mr. W. Kendall King, Fox Fowler’s Bank, High-street).
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 05 March 1921

Exwick v St Thomas – Cup Fever

Football enthusiasts all over the country were “talking cup" on Saturday, and had our own little cup-tie tit-bit in the nature a semi-final for the East Devon Senior Cup between St. Andrew's (Exwick) and St. Thomas United. Marsh Barton was the venue on this occasion, and despite its distance from the city and several counter-attractions, there was a large attendance. The result was a goalless draw. Therefore, these two stalwart Victory League teams will have to try for a conclusion again. St. Thomas started with rare dash, but as the, game progressed the teams proved themselves to be very evenly matched, and at no portion of the game did a score seem probable. A correspondent who was present at the match writes: —"Excitement ran high at Marsh Barton when St. Andrew's (Exwick) and St. Thomas United met for the semi-final for the East Devon Senior Cup, which drew a large crowd. St. Thomas won the toss, and at once got into their stride and forced three corners, which were cleared, and Exwick took play to the other end. This was short-lived, however, St. Thomas coming again, Bargery having hard luck not scoring. Exwick arrived hard get going, and eventually succeeded, and nearly opened their account. Gill then missed a glorious opportunity for St. Thomas just before the interval, which came with the score sheet blank. In the second half Exwick steadily gained the upper hand, and but for the excellent defence, the United would have scored, Exwick continued to have the better of the argument, their right wing being very dangerous. The defences prevailed, and time arrived with nothing scored. The game was fought fast pace throughout. St. Andrew's were slightly the superior side, but the United forwards were always dangerous when they got going. Worth played a sterling game at right back for Exwick, while Densham shone left back for the United. When the contemplated match with the, East Devon League comes off the Victory League need look no further for their backs. Hunns was frequently in the picture, with good saves in the United goal, while Greenslade although not frequently tested, did all that was asked of him in his usual clever style. J. Greenslade (Exwick) was the outstarding half. He played a tireless game, as did the rest of the halves both sides. Hammond (Exwick) and Bargery (St. Thomas) were the pick of two moderate sets of forwards. In the replay the team which scores first should enter the final stage.”
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 07 March 1921

EXETER RUGBY CLUB The Teams to do Duty for Saturday Next

Exeter Rugby Chiefs' journey to Devonport on Saturday to meet the R.N.E. College side, a game which is being looked forward to with a deal of interest by Three Towns Rugby enthusiasts. At the County Ground there should be keen struggle between the Exeter Reserves and St. Luke's College... After the Reserve match the Exeter Juniors will play the Honiton Juniors.
Western Times - Tuesday 08 March 1921

Ex-Service Man at Exeter Who Has Had 63 Doctors

Mr. A. S. Gamble, of Penzance, who served through the war in the Royal Engineers, has every reason to be thankful that he came to Exeter, was invalided home from France with a complaint which seemed to mystify doctors. For over three and half years has been in and out of hospital, and had resigned himself to the fact that he would always have to walk with a stick, and would never be able stand upright again. Altogether he has been in the hands of no less than 63 doctors, none of whom was able to help him very much. Less than month ago he was sent to the Ministry of Pensions Neurological Hospital at Palace Gate, Exeter. Yesterday our reporter found him walking about the wards and appearing quite normal. He stated that he was not yet free from pain, but expressed his delight having made such a wonderful and sudden recovery.
Western Times - Tuesday 15 March 1921


Two Exeter lads. Frederick Durant, of 2, Colleton Grove, and Sidney Adarns, of 3, Colleton Grove, both aged 17, found themselves before the Wonford Magistrates, yesterday, as a result of a raid they made on a market garden at Alphington, where they did damage to violet plants and bulbs, to the extent of 15s, on March 6th. The market gardener, Mr. Edgar Southcott, told the Bench he saw the lads pulling up violets. When they saw him they ran away, and he had chase them two miles before he caught them. He had suffered considerably from such visits in the past. Adams, whose first appearance it was in a Police-court, was given an excellent character by P.S. Webb, and fined 5s and half the damage (12s 6d all), the Chairman (Mr. E. C. Perry) gave him some good advice as to his future conduct. Durant, who had been before the Bench several times, being eventually sent to a Reformatory, was fined £1 and ordered to pay 7s 6d towards the damage. He was warned that future offences would be much more seriously treated. His mother said he was given remission sentence the Reformatory for good conduct and since he had been at work had a good character.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 16 March 1921

EXETER DIVORCE Naval Commander Obtains a Decree Nisi

In the Divorce Division yesterday the petition was heard of Henry Hew Gordon Stoker, Commander in the Navy, for divorce from his wife., Olive Joan Violet Gwendoline Stoker, on the grounds of her adultery with a man unknown. Evidence was given that the marriage took place in November, 1908, at Exeter Registry Office, and they lived in Exeter, Devonport and Portsmouth. Petitioner was in charge of Submarine AE 2, which was lost in April, 1915, in the Sea of Marmora. Prior to that, he was cruising in the Pacific in search of Von Spee's squadron. After the sinking of his submarine, he was taken prisoner by the Turks, at whose hands he suffered hardships for three years. Respondent had a child in May, 1914, which petitioner said he was not the father. Respondent did not enter the witness-box. It was asked by her counsel that the question of the custody of the child and an allowance to the wife should be adjourned into Chambers. After this bad been privately discussed, the judge pronounced a decree nisi, gave petitioner the custody of the child, and said he could not order petitioner to make an allowance.
Western Times - Saturday 19 March 1921


The management of the Palladium has secured, at big expense, an excellent programme for patrons for the first half of this week. The premier position is occupied by a screen version the popular novel, “Patricia Brent, Spinster." This film is described as one the best pictures depicting tit-bits of London life. Comedy is provided by that master of laughter-makers, Lupino Lane, who appears in an Ideal production, entitled “Clarence, Crooks, and Chivalry." The serial, Whirlwind,' continues to be thoroughly interesting, and nobody should miss the present instalment. During the latter half of the week Constance Collier will appear in the Ideal picturisation of “Bleak House," the novel by Charles Dickens. In addition, there will be Episode 10 of “The Great London Mystery'' and the usual topical, comedy, and educational films…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 15 March 1921


Several children from Exeter were playing near the mill leat, close to Station-road, Exwick, yesterday afternoon, when a ball dropped into the water. In endeavouring to rescue the ball, a boy, seven years of age, named George Bealey, of Summerland-street overbalance and fell in. The current, which is strong at that point, carried the boy down stream. Fortunately, a number of young men were playing in the adjoining Exwick Pleasure ground, and alarm being raised, they quickly responded. A young man named Pulton immediately entered the water, and rescued the boy, who was brought round and taken to Mrs. Richards, Rackfirld-terrace, when a hot bath soon restored him.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 26 March 1921

Exeter and Barnstaple Y.M.C.A. Football Teams. Exeter and Barnstaple Y.M.C.A. Football Teams EXETER Y.M.C.A. visited Barnstaple on Saturday to play the local Y.M.C.A. football team, and were defeated after a fast and exciting game by 5 goals 3. Afterwards the teams were entertained to tea by Mrs. F. A. Jewell, late Mayoress, and a forcible talk full of humour was given by Capt. Phillips, of Bydown, President of Barnstaple Y.M.C.A. 
Western Times - Friday 11 March 1921


February 1921

WONFORD FARMER SHOT Distressing Rabbiting Accident at Heavitree

A distressing accident befell Mr. Richard Blatchford, farmer, Hill farm, Wonford; while rabbit shooting in that parish on Saturday afternoon. Accompanied by Mr. Edmund Hill Westcott, builder, of Homefield Lodge, Fore-street, Heavitree, Mr. Blatchford was ferreting at half-past three at a high hedge in a field at Hilly Ridge. Mr. Westcott was on one side and Mr. Blatchford on the other side of the hedge, which was so high that they could not see each other. A rabbit bolted, which we understand was fired at Mr. Westcott, and it is believed that the charge went through an aperture, or hole in the hedge, concealed by the foliage, and Mr. Blatchford was struck in the eye. Mr. Westcott, hearing a cry of distress from his companion, jumped over the hedge and found Mr. Blatchford bleeding profusely. He assisted him to Pyne Hill Farm, and sent for Dr. Hipwell, who motored down and ordered his removal to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Mr. Blatchford was conveyed to the institution in the John motor ambulance, and detained. Western Times - Tuesday 01 February 1921

County Athletic Ground, Exeter

An appeal is being made by Exeter Rugby Football Club for financial assistance to enable them to carry out very necessary and additions to the Devon County Athletics Ground, of which they have become tenants. Already they have met with a greatifying response. Western Times - Tuesday 01 February 1921

Lecture on Vivisection at Exeter

A very interesting lecture on Vivisection was given by Miss Beatrice M. Kidd, at the Small Barnfield Hall, Exeter, last evening. In the course of her address, Miss Kidd spoke of the cruelty of vivisection, saying that the practice was a useless one, and evidence of cruelty had been brought before a Royal Commission. She pointed out that vivisection was protected by the law, and referred to the large number of experiments made in connection with the production of sera and vaccine. The lecturer, at the conclusion of her address, said that any doctor in Exeter cared to debate the purely scientific grounds of the question, she would be willing to meet him. Interesting comments on vivisection were made by members of the audience following Miss Kidd's lecture. Western Times - Friday 04 February 1921


Young Lady's Sudden Death at Exeter While walking in Cowick-street. Exeter, on Saturday evening, Miss Beatrice Mary Coombe, aged 20, of 26, Prospect-place, St. Thomas, Exeter, suddenly broke blood vessel and died shortly afterwards. The inquest has been fixed for to-day. Western Times - Monday 07 February 1921

Exeter and the League of Nations

Sunday afternoon, at a meeting of the Mint Brotherhood, Exeter, addresses on behalf of the League of Nations were given by Mr. C. T. K. Roberts, who presided, and Councillor S. Seaton. Both speakers argued that the only hope for civilization was for the States of the world to give practical effect to the principles laid down by the League. An appeal was made to citizens join the Exeter branch. Several new members were enrolled. Western Times - Tuesday 08 February 1921

Motor Drivers Fined at Exeter

At Exeter City Police Court yesterday, Nathaniel Crockett, of 55, Summerland-street, Exeter, was fined 10s. for not having the front lights on a motor lorry he was driving fixed so to show the vehicle's full width, on February 2nd. For not having the rear identification plate of his motor sufficiently illuminated. Henry Tellbrook was fined 20s., and J. Durston, of 9, Clayton-road, Exeter, was fined for having the rear light of a motor, so fixed as to not properly illuminate his identification plate. Western Times - Thursday 10 February 1921

SIX MONTHS FOR BIGAMY Ex-Canadian Soldier's Promise to Second “Wife”

“I am prepared, from the day come out of prison, for the rest of my life, pay an income to Miss Summers for what she has suffered. As to my wife, I don t want to see her. She will not get a penny from onwards," declared Frank Napoleon Henry, a French-Canadian, when sentenced at Exeter City Assize yesterday to six months' imprisonment labour for bigamy. Mr. Hancock prosecuted, and Mr. Snow defended. Prisoner, formerly a lance-corporal in the Canadian Scottish, first married Victoria May Henry at Broadstairs, and there was one child of the marriage. He afterwards came to Exeter where he posed as a single man, and went through a ceremony of marriage with a young domestic servant named Nellie Summers, of 5, Queen-street, Honiton. He had never maintained his legal wife, but he corresponded with her until recently. To Nellie Summers he gave the name of Patrick Norman Henry. Mr. Snow said the prisoner's legal wife had refused to live with him, and he had to let his house and take apartments. Sentence was passed as stated. Western Times - Friday 11 February 1921

BREAD AT EXETER A Comedy of Prices in Which the Baker Still Scored

There evidently lack of Cohesion among the Exeter bakers. It will be remembered citizens expected that on Monday the price of bread would reduced in consonance with the wholesale cost of flour. True enough, on Monday a number of housewives were delighted to find their baker had reduced the price. In some cases it was ¼d, and in others 1d on the 4lb. loaf. Yesterday, however, came disillusion and disgust—an intimation, was given by the bread man that the redaction was unauthorised, and a demand made for an additional payment to make up the reduction granted on Monday! The incident illuminates the position, and citizens will all the more anxious to know why this little comedy was played, and why Exeter is behind other centres in reducing the price of the people's chief food. Western Times - Wednesday 16 February 1921

New Public Hall

Exonians will, no doubt, have been more or less anticipating the proposal considered by market bond-holders at a meeting at the Guildhall yesterday afternoon regarding the adaptation of one or other the two local general markets as a public hall. For many years, it is well known, the market buildings in Queen-street and Fore-street have been the scenes of little business, and the question of converting one of them into a public hall to take the place of the Victoria Hall, which was practically destroyed by fire nearly 18 months ago, has been freely canvassed. But, while a hall would be an unquestioned acquisition to the city, many doubt, the wisdom of embarking, at the present time, at any rate, upon a scheme with that end in view. The City Council holds something like £18,000 worth of bonds, and received last year about £1,050 in respect of tolls, whereas in former years something like £2,000 was the average. The cost of re-constructing either of the markets to serve the purpose of a public hall would be heavy, and, far as the Council is concerned, ought not to entertained until a more favourable financial position has been secured, it may be argued that employment would be provided. Admitted; but for only a comparatively few, and for a short time. The necessity of the moment is economy— the strictest economy—in public affairs. If, however, the present proposal is to be entirely backed by a private syndicate, well and good. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 19 February 1921


There was' an excellent attendance at Collings' Repository Exeter, yesterday, for the weekly sale of horses, motors, etc. Practically every horse in the catalogue was sold. Among the prices realised were:– Bay cart mare, 16 hands, 25gns.; bay pony 7 years, 13-2, 28gns.; bay cart mare. 16.2, 44gns.; chestnut cart mare 15 hands. 56gns.: brown cob, 14-3, 38gns. bay gelding. 14-2, 35gns.; bay horse, 15-1. 37gns. A 1920 Ford touring car was sold for £225. The next weekly sale will be held on Friday, 25th inst. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 19 February 1921


The body of an old woman was found on Saturday in the mill leat at Exeter by a man named John Crocker, 2, Tuckwell's Builings, Exe Island. It was afterwards identified as that of Mrs. Ellen Andrews, a widow, aged 85, of 6, Centre-street, Exeter. Mrs. Andrews had been living alone for several years, and on Monday, Miss Howard, of Radford-road, who had been in the habit of visiting her, found that she had gone out, and had not returned. She gave information to the police, and the same evening it is said that the old lady was seen walking in the direction of the river. Every enquiry by the police failed to discover any further trace of the old lady, until the recovery of her body on Saturday. An inquest will be held to-day. Western Times - Monday 21 February 1921

Cheque Fraud at Exeter

Exeter City Magistrates yesterday sent Leonard Henry Goudard, 10, Castle-street, Reading, to prison for fourteen days. He pleaded guilty to a cheque fraud at Exeter, though he said he had no idea the prosecutor had lost the money. He had no intention that he should be the loser, and was under the impression that had been repaid. The Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) explained that defendant went to a cycle dealer, named as John Charles Norton, who knew him slightly, having had business dealings with him, and stated that he had the toothache, and wanted to have his tooth extracted, but had no money on him, and could not get into his lodgings, as his landlady was out. He asked for a loan, but Mr. Norton was unable to oblige him. He then asked whether he could lend him a blank cheque, so that he could draw his own account. This was done, and defendant made out a cheque payable to himself, and signed it "W. Thorne." Having endorsed it properly, he went to Mr. John Elliot, 147, St. Sidweil-street, Exeter, and cashed it for £3. He then went to Port Talbot, where he was arrested Tuesday. Western Times - Friday 25 February 1921

Exeter Cyclist Messenger Boys Must Go More Slowly

Cyclist errand boys are in a hurry are, according to the Chief Constable and the Magistrates who sat on the Bench at the Exeter City Police Court yesterday, danger the streets of Exeter. Ernest Frederick Brown, 6, Sun-street, was summoned for riding a cycle in a manner dangerous to the public. It was stated that he was riding at a rate of fourteen to fifteen miles per hour past Queen-Street corner. He neglected to stop when signalled to do so by the policeman on point duty. He said he did not see the signal, and his employers informed the police that he was told hurry. He was fined 6s. Western Times - Friday 25 February 1921


The Finance Committee will recommend to the Exeter City Council, on Tuesday, that a borough rate of 2s 3¼d in the £ be levied for the half-year ending September 30th next, being 11½d for borough purposes and 1s 3¾d for education. The Committee will also recommend that the general district rate for the year ending March 31, 1922, be 7s 10d in the £. The latter will be collected in two moieties. These two rates make 6s 2¼d in the £ for the half year, or, assuming the borough rate remains the in the second half, in the £ for the year. But there are additional such as water rate, to come, so, comparison between rates for the year coming year with the current one arrears not yet possible. So far as the general district rate is concerned, however, the increase is 1s 2d in the £. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 26 February 1921

Late Capt. S. L. Gamlen Robert Long Gamlen. M.D. THE late Robert Long Gamlen. M.D.. I.M.S. (retired*, whose funeral took place' at on Monday, was the third eon of the late Mt. Leonard Blagdon Gamlen, J.P., of Crediton. Deceased was his 40th and his untimely death from blood poisoning has cut short a most promising career. He was extremely popular and will be sadly missed by his colleagues at the Palace Hospital. Exeter, where worked under the Ministry of Pensions. 
Western Times - Friday 25 February 1921


January 1921

Weather for last year

Although officially designated as a “half gale," the wind which blew over Exeter during Tuesday night seemed a full gale to those householders who were awake, anxiously listening to the heavy gusts, and wondering whether they would do any mischief to roofs, walls, and glass, for even the replacing of a few slates is a costly matter these days. Apparently, the material damage done in the city was not great. A couple of garden walls were practically demolished in St. Thomas, while reports are to hand of roofs and greenhouses being slightly damaged elsewhere. The rainfall for the 24 hours ended 10 o'clock yesterday morning was .44 inch registered at the Devon and Exeter Institution, bringing the total tor the month to 4.21 inches. During 1919 the fall has been 32.51 inches, which is about the average annual fall for the city. The earlier months the year were very wet, but, on the whole, the late spring and the summer months were dry and hot, although there was a spoil of broken weather about the beginning of September which was very disappointing to those who had to take their holidays at that time. Yesterday, generally speaking, was fine and colder, and one can only hope that are in for spell drier weather.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 01 January 1920

John Angel at the Museum

Exonians will do well, to take advantage of the opportunity now afforded them of seeing work by Mr. John Angel, R. B. S.. which has been put in view, at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. Mr. Angel has been entrusted with the Exeter war memorial, the design for which has excited a good deal of controversy. The exhibits of Mr. Angel, in the Museum, consist of five statuettes in bronze. The clearness of expression and the natural curving of the limbs are features. "The Knot" depicts two boys pulling together, and this statuette conveys an idea of boyishness which cannot fail to appeal to the spectator. Among new exhibits lent by Mr. Arthur Radford, of Bradninch Manor, is a German travelling casket, dated 1536 and stamped with the maker's name, "Hunrich Boner of Augsburg," which contains a very peculiar lock on the inside of the lid. The ingenious maker fixed a number of bars, which, when the key is turned, move together and lock all round the four edges of the box. A companion to it can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Another casket is of steel, inlaid with gold, with the heads of King Francis and his Queen, there is one of Charles 1st, an Italian jewel case of the time of James 1st, and a 15th century casket, on the lid of which are the remains of paintings. All are interesting and well worth a visit to the Museum.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 01 January 1920

Big Exe Pike Taken Near Cowley Bridge

One of the largest, if to the largest, pikes taken this year was caught by Mr. J. Greenslade, of East John-street, Exeter, in the Exe. It was in fine condition, and turned the scales at 16lb. Mr. Greenslade experienced great difficulty in landing the fish, as the bank of the river was very steep and slippery, and he had to gaff the fish himself. The fish took a live bait just below the junction of the Creedy with the Exe. Mr. Greenslade on the same day had five other fish, varying in weight from 6lb. to 9lb…
…The Exeter Angling Association had arranged a roving pike fishing competion for Boxing-day. Only a few anglers braved the elements.  One enthusiastic angler went to Thorverton, but found the Exe in flood. The Exeter and the Tiverton canals were, however in good condition, but only one or two anglers were out. No fish were weighed in…
Western Times - Thursday 01 January 1920

Street Incidents at Exeter

Alarm was caused near Bedford-street, yesterday, by the off wheel of a pony trap suddenly coming off. The pony commenced to bolt, but the boy in charge, Ed. May, pluckily prevented it from proceeding far. P.S. Underhill re-fixed the wheel. The owner is Mr. Parker, dairyman, South-street. Another exciting incident happened at the end of Queen-street during the morning. While John Bonus, of Alphington, was loading a waggon with meal at the goods' siding, the horse, bolted and proceeded toward towards the Clock Tower, where it was stopped by a pedestrian. No damage was done.
Western Times - Thursday 01 January 1920


The City Coroner (Mr. W. Linford Brown) conducted, at Exeter Court-house, last evening, an inquiry into the death of Charles Routh, aged 70, a retired solicitor, of Fairpark House, Fairpark-road, Exeter. Dr. C. H. Lovely said he was going down Fore-street on Thursday morning about 11.30, when he saw deceased collapse. With assistance he took deceased into a shop, where he succumbed a few minutes later. Death was due to heart failure, caused by heart disease. The Coroner found that deceased died from natural causes, and expressed sympathy with his relatives.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 03 January 1920


Exeter Man Sent to Prison

Yesterday Frederick May has a very poor opinion of the Labour Exchange.
He was before the Exeter City Bench yesterday, charged with sleeping out, and the charge sheet declared that he has neither home nor occupation. A constable heard him snoring in a shed in the railway yard at Queen-street in the early hours of the morning and brought him to the police station.
May frankly admitted the offence, but said he must sleep somewhere, and could not do it in the streets. He had money, and although he had walked miles looking for work, had been unable to find any.
Mr. P. Durden, from the Bench asked why he had not registered at the Labour Exchange.
Defendant said he understood that he could not obtain the donation because he had not served in the Army during the last war.
Mr. Burden : No, you won't get any donation, but you should register your name, and they are supposed to help find you a job.
“Yes, and lot of good that is," said defendant with contempt, adding, "When they were in North-street I registered my name, and was twelve montns before heard from them."
Chief Inspector Martin said defendant had been a frequent visitor to that Court, and as recently as March last was there for a similar offence. There had been many complaints about his sleeping out, and he seemed to sleep in the open more frequently then he did elsewhere.
The Bench decided to send him to prison for seven days, a decision which appeared to satisfy the defendant very well.
Western Times - Tuesday 04 January 1921


Owners of Firearms Must Obtain a Certificate

A case of importance to ex-soldiers and others desirous of keeping firearms as war trophies, was brought forward by the Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) at Exeter Police Court yesterday, when Mr. Tom Greenslade, of 18, Exwick hill, appeared to answer a summons for having in his possession for the past three months, a revolver, without holding a firearm certificate, contrary to the Act of 1920.
Mr. Nicholson said that when the Act was made, on September 1st last, its requirements were circulated extensively through out the country. It made the possession of firearms unlawful, except in certain cases of war trophies, provided the owner obtained a “dispensation" from the police. He had discovered that Mr. Greenslade had the revolver in question, and had not had a certificate. The defendant told him that he wished to keep the revolver as a war trophy, and he (the Chief Constable) was quite prepared to accept his statement. He felt bound to draw attention to the Act and to the liability of £50 fine or three months' imprisonment which contraveners incurred. H only asked the magistrates, in view of the circumstances of the case, to dismiss it as “case proven." The Bench—Messrs T. Bradley Rowe (in the chair) and A. T. Loram— agreed to this.
Western Times - Thursday 06 January 1921

Accidents in Exeter

Shortly before noon yesterday a live electric overhead wire of the tramway service at the top of Paris-street broke, but fortunately remained suspended at a height which obviated danger to traffic. The tramway officials were promptly notified, and within ten minutes the matter was righted, and the service resumed.
A collision between an unladen steam motor wagon and standard gas lamp in Topsham-road, at one o'clock yesterday, proved bad for both. The lamp was bowled over, and the motor vehicle slightly damaged. The latter, curiously enough, was the property of the Exeter Gas Company, and was being driven by Edward Callard, who, happily, escaped injury. The accident was caused the wagon skidding.
At about three o'clock yesterday, a man named Richard Green, of 29, Fore-street Heavitree, fell down in an epileptic fit in Eaton-place, cutting his chin. P.C. Carpenter rendered assistance, and conveyed the man to the Devon and Exeter Hospital, were Dr. Mills inserted two stitches in the wound. Green was afterwards able to proceed to his home.
Western Times - Saturday 10 January 1920

Exeter Works.



The Streets Committee of the Exeter Council will report, at a meeting on Tuesday next, that the Surveyor communicated the acceptance of tenders for making up Bonham-road to the Roads Department of the Ministry of Transport and inquired whether the cost of kerbing and channelling, i.e. £1,229, could, be included in the grant of £3,OOO in lieu of the surface of the Honiton-road, and had received a reply suggesting that, as it would be necessary to re-surface the Honiton-road next year, the kerbing and channelling of Bonhay-road be carried out under a further grant of £750 which the Department was prepared to make. The Committee resolved that this offer accepted.
The City Surveyor reported on a communication he had received from the divisional engineer of the Great Western Railway stating that the estimated cost of renewing Alphington-road railway bridge, if the existing pier was removed from the roadway, at £1,200. The Committee resolved to recommend that the City Council contribute the actual extra cost, not exceeding £l,200, incurred by the Great Western Railway Company by the removal of the existing pier when effecting the proposed renewal of the bridge, and that the method raising the amount be referred to the Financial Committee.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 10 January 1920


The Semi-National Eisteddfod, to which many have been looking forward with great interest, takes place at the King's Hall, Exeter next week commencing on Monday evening and ending on Friday evening.  Details of the several sessions will be found in an advertisement. The programme is very attractive while the musical character of the event for this part of the country should be a big draw. An exhibition will be opened on Thursday at noon by Lady Florence Cecil. Season and other tickets can be obtained from guest’s at 1999, High Street, Exeter, and easy application is desirable. Good entries have been obtained for the various competitions, and an enjoyable week is anticipated.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 16 January 1920


Mutilated Body Found on the Railway Line


A shocking tragedy was reported from Alphington on Saturday, when the body of a middle-aged man, who had evidently been knocked down by a train, was found on the Great Western Railway near Marsh Barton. It was removed under the direction of P.S. Bambury to the Alphington Institute, and the Coroner was communicated with.
The body was subsequently identified that of Mr. Frank Cross, aged 55, a tailor, of 35. East Grove-road, Exeter, and an employee of Messrs. J. and G. Ross, tailors, of High-street, where he had worked for upwards of twenty years.
It is stated that he had suffered from pains in the head, and had been greatly depressed for a considerable time. Occasionally during fits of depression he had stayed home, but on Friday he was at work, and left to go home about seven o'clock in the evening. Shortly afterwards he went out, stating that he intended to take a walk. He never returned.
As the night advanced, and there was sign of him, his friends gave information to the police, and his description was circulated. Nothing further was heard about him until his body was picked up on the railway Saturday. On him was found a pocket book containing his name and address. Mr. Cross was an exceptionally steady man, and much sympathy will be extended to the widow and family.
It is probable that the inquest will held to-day.
Western Times - Monday 19 January 1920

Victoria Hall



The Victoria Hall, Exeter, came under the hammer, yesterday, at the Rougmont Hotel. Messrs. Herbert Fulford and Co., of Exeter, were the auctioneers, and they acted on behalf of the Hall Company. The property has a frontage on Queen-street of about 46 feet, and a ground area of about 13,000 super feet. The. greater part of the building was destroyed by fire on October 6th., 1919. It originally consisted in the front part of a spacious entrance vestibule, large board or cloak room, and lecture halt. 54ft 32ft., exclusive of an alcove about 24ft 10ft. The lecture hall, with two cloak rooms attached, was originally laid with a maple dancing floor, which had been taken up and stacked ready for relaying. The rear and main portion of the premises consisted of a large assembly hall, 112ft by 65ft., with an additional 15ft beyond the screen with two entrances and emergency exits, while a basement comprised cellars, kitchen, etc. The only parts left by the fire consisted of stone walls, foundations, and supports. The particulars of the sale stated:—"The recent fire upon the premises has deprived the locality of the only building in the district of anything like, its size for exhibitions, conferences, circuses, or public gatherings, and such a building is urgently required in the capital of the county. The front assembly rooms could be speedily reinstated and the main building re-constructed as a cinema, public hall, manufactory, pantechnicon, or for any purpose requiring spacious accommodation. The property abuts on the siding with landing stage of the London and South-Western Railway, and offers exceptional facilities for the receipt and dispatch of stage properties, horses, and heavy goods.” The solicitor for the vendors was Mr. W. H. Stone. 10, Gandy-street, Exeter, and the referee Mr. P. J. Kendall, of The Close, Exeter, barrister.
The hall was erected in 1868, after a public Company had been formed and the necessary capital subscribed. In 1880 an organ was erected in the large hall at a cost of about £2,000. The original cost of the whole building, together with the organ, was about £11,000. The. property was purchased not long since by a newly-formed company of Exonians for £3,750.
There was, at the auction, yesterday, a largo attendance, which included many influential gentlemen. Mr. Fulford said that, although the property was being offered in one lot, the back portion, which was practically demolished by fire, was well adapted for large stores. The front portion could easily be restored as a capital place for entertainment purposes. Another such valuable site could not be acquired in Exeter at present. The bidding was started at £3,000 by Mr. E Plummer. Mr. Harold Rowe increased the amount by a bid of £l,OOO. Subsequently bids were made by Messrs. Wilkeyson (Parnell Lang and Co.) and Westcott (Messrs. Austin and White). The property was eventually knocked down to the last-named for £4,600, on behalf of clients. Although the names were not divulged it is understood the property will pass into the hands of Messrs Rowe, Bros., and Co., Ltd., of Exeter and Bristol, glass, lead and oil merchants, and oil importers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 20 January 1921


There were no developments in connexion with the plumbers' strike Exeter, yesterday, both sides holding firm to their position. We understand inquiries as to the situation have been received , from the Ministry of Labour, and that, probably, representative of the Ministry will visit the city if the dispute is not soon settled. Several of the men on strike have obtained work in other parts of country at enhanced wages, and we were informed yesterday that work of a like character could be found for most of the men if they cared to leave the city.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 22 January 1920



Exeter's pantomime “Aladdin"—entered its last week at the Theatre Royal last evening, and if there should be anybody in Devonshire who not yet seen it—the possibility seems improbable with the extraordinarily large "houses" Mr. Dunsford's production has drawn—he or she will be well-advised to snatch *at the last straw, and not let such a genuine treat pass beyond recall. This year's pantomime has been, in all respects, an excellent one, but it has commended itself principally by the writer of the original adaptation of the old story has been put. To feature a multitude of gags with local flavour, introduce lilting melodies with a weakness towards the jazz, to aim at originality on the rise of the curtain to the finale, and to generally make the production breathe an air of up-to-date frivolity can have been no easy accomplishment for the producer, who had to retain a very, very old story as the theme. It could b done, mind you, by simply allowing "Aladdin "—lamp and all—to pas ignominiously behind the veil of modernity, and to be lost in a maze of topical banter, but Mr. Dunsford had a broader conception, and is to be congratulated on retaining the parts of the story throughout a whole gamut of new ideas. Comprehensive reference has already been made in these columns to the admirable manner in which the artistes have responded to the calls made upon their histrionic, terpisichorean, and musical ability, and in this, the final notice it is only fair to say that the smooth working production has depended to a great extent upon whole-hearted work on the part of the men behind the scenes, whose task has been in no manner of means a sinecure. Let as hope “Aladdins” reception at Devonport, where it commences a fortnight's run next Monday, will be compatible with the pleasure it has given those who have visited the Theatre Royal since Boxing
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 27 January 1920

Exeter's Rats.

In the course of his report to the Market and General Purposes Committee of the Exeter City Council on the results of the "rat week," held from December 29th to January 3rd, Mr. A. Bonham (Sanitary Inspector) says that a striking feature was that 72 of the 344 applications for baits were from householders in the poorest quarters of the city. The other applications included hotel and restaurant keepers, 17 farmers and gardeners, 10 butchers and meat stores, 4 offensive trades, 9 grocers, and 4 Council departments. Only in 81 instances have the returns asked for from applicants have been, made. Mr. Benham estimates that, owing to the effectiveness of the bait, 50 per cent of the baits taken should be the estimated number of rats destroyed, which would work out at 12,500. The following are samples of the general results, judging from the replies received : —"Since using the bait have neither seen nor heard any more rats"; “No sign of rats or mice since the bait was taken "; "Rats all gone" ; "Several mice found dead," etc.
In future, unless otherwise instructed, Mr. Bonham proposes to serve notices upon all persons who own or occupy rat-infested premises, requiring compliance with the Rats and Mice Destruction Act, 1919, and to issue poison bait and supervise its use upon payment by the persons concerned of all expenses incurred.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 31 January 1920

TODAY'S WEDDING. TODAY'S WEDDING.Miss Mary Edith Gascoigne-Cecil (on left), second daughter of the Bishop of Exeter and Lady Florence Cecil, who will be married to-day at Hatfield to Capt. the Hon. Francis Manners son and heir of Lord Manners; and Miss Eve Gascoigne-Cecil (on right), who will be chief bridesmaid to her twin sister. (Blocks by The Western Morning News " Co.) 
Western Morning News - Saturday 29 January 1921


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