17th June 1929

18 June 2019

17th June

The Daily Herald.

The ad above is for Godfrey Phillips Plus Two cigarettes, and assumes that smokers consume twenty packets of 12 cigarettes a week – 34 a day.

The prime minister has met the American General Dawes, the ambassador to this country, and they have issued a joint statement about their intention to work towards naval disarmament. It seems rather vague at present. (This is General Dawes who, when asked as chair of the general purchasing board for the American Expeditionary Forces to justify expenditure in the First World War, said “Hell and Maria, we weren’t trying to keep a set of books over there, we were trying to win a war” – so was known as Hell and Maria Dawes. Though he said what he actually said was “Helen Maria”.) General Dawes was, as he got on a train, seen carrying a copy of All Quiet on the Western Front.

General Bramwell Booth of the Salvation Army has died, on bad terms with the army (which his father founded). The High Council of the army met for the first time earlier this year to kick him out of his role as leader, because of his ill-health. He got an injunction in place to stop this, but when it expired they did it again and appointed someone else. His sister, Eva Booth, who is the leader of the army in America, was one of the council who ousted him – she tried to see him during his last illness, but was turned away.

In Deauville the authorities have clarified that, when the law states that a bathing dress must be worn, this means a one-piece suit, and not twelve pieces of cloth held together by gold thread, as was recently seen there.

Three French aviators have just made an Atlantic crossing, finding during the trip that they had a stowaway. “All three French airmen admitted that on his emergence from the tail of the machine, where he had concealed himself, their indignation equalled their astonishment, and at first he was in some danger of assault. The airman Lotti added, however, not without generosity, that since Schreiber [Arthur Schreiber, the stowaway] had shared their perils, and was, in a sense, a member of the expedition, they would help him to realise his dream of seeing Paris and afterwards would pay his return passage to New York.”

The Sultan of Zanzibar has visited Preston; he told workers at a mill that the robe he was wearing was made in Preston.

Arthur Greenwood, the minister for Health, has spoken of his desire to improve hospitals. He wants to bring the public health service and voluntary hospitals together into one organisation. He says that half of the hospitals outside London have a deficit. (It will be he, in 1940, who is referred to in “Speak for England, Arthur!”)

The Daily Herald says that the government is “More Acceptable to the Nation than Election Figures Show”.

Arthur Millar, of Comiston Terrace in Edinburgh, is on trial for attempting to kill a leading authority on the Rent Acts – this appears to be something to do with Millar having asked for legal advice following having received a notice of eviction.

Mr LW Driffield, an Australian cartoonist, and Miss ND Clifford boarded a liner in Sydney as strangers and arrived in Southampton having been married (by a clerical type who was also on board).

British posters are “Ahead of the Foreign in Design and Printing”. “Lord Riddell, opening an exhibition of foreign advertising material at the Annual Advertising Convention in Newcastle on Saturday night, said he had looked closely at the exhibition, and must say he preferred British posters. In design and execution he thought Britain stood easily first.” I love this – he’s opening an exhibition of foreign advertising but takes the opportunity to point out its inferiority.

Work on the R100 airship is held up because the management of the company will not recognise a union, and workers are on strike.

The paper notes that one hears many languages and sees many races in London, but that the only thing that surprises Londoners is a sailor carrying an umbrella. (I think this may be a dig at the French – it was a French sailor, with a red pompom on his cap, who was carrying the umbrella.)

Sir Landon Ronald is firmly of the opinion that the sale of songs and music generally would greatly beneft by more extensive advertisement. If his opinion is backed by the music publishers we may look for some novel “puffs”.
“Are you feeling Depressed and Tired of Life? WHy not try a little song? Mozart will make you Merry. Swallow some Schubert and Shuffle off Your Hump. Buy Beethoven for the Blues. Go on the Bust with Bela Bartok. Sing Wagner to Your Wife. Brahms is Blissful in the Bath”, and so on.
Is that the stuff, Sir Landon, to give them?

(Sir Landon is a composer, conductor and professor of music; he is also the music advisor to EMI and the HMV label.)

An advertisement recommends Wallasey as the New Brighton.

The Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, speaking at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Domestic Science, says that Birmingham men do not tell their wives what they earn, and she thinks that boys should be taught at school that their earnings are for the family.

Alderman Brow Dickenson, speaking at the national convention of boot and shoe students, says that women stopped wearing heavy boots when skirts became shorter, and he hopes that long skirts do not come into fashion again.

Constable Sankey has been awarded the RSPCA silver medal for rescuing a cat from a burning house.

Two stories in the paper sound much like stories from girls’ books. A nine-year-old, eight years ago, saved the life of a man whose horse had run away with him; he has just died and left her £2,300. In another news story, schoolgirls at Slough Secondary School apprehended a would-be burglar.

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Booksellers, and Stationers, with 16,000 members, is to take steps to secure itself an MP of its own.

Durham County Mental Hospital is advertising for a cook, 48-hour weeks, 14 days of annual leave, pay 26s 11d per week with what looks like a “fluctuating bonus” of 10s a week; board and lodging charged at 17s 10d a week. It is also advertising for a qualified Dispenser and clerk, £4 a week, no information about hours and leave.

Tool Setters, Sheet Metal Workers, Fitters, Turners, Capstan Hands and Millers are wanted for Aircraft work.

The paper applauds the Daily Telegraph‘s campaign against badger-baiting.

A cat belonging to a Huntly cattleman is mothering a chicken as well as her three kittens. Last year the same cat was foster-mother to young rabbits she adopted after her kittens died.

Miss Ishbel MacDonald is quoted as not wanting to leave her “Wendy house” in the garden of the Hillocks, Lossiemouth, the MacDonalds’ family home, to move to 10 Downing Street. She also says that she wants to be elected to the Housing Committee of the LCC (already being a member of the LCC).

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Portsmouth Evening News, 8th June 1929

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8th June

Botleigh Grange is going to be sold, with all its fixtures and fittings, including ornamental roof vases. I cannot find a description or a very good image, but something like the ones in this stock photograph perhaps? Makes me think of the murder weapon in Death of the Late Pig.

Anna Emma Charman has been accused of trying to murder her sister by shooting her. Mrs Charman and her husband have been married for 20 years and have 13 children (with 4 pairs of twins), 9 living. When her brother-in-law, Mr Brown, died, Mr Charman started paying attention to Mrs Brown, Mrs Charman’s sister. He moved in with Mrs Brown.

Mrs Charman said that she had fired at the ground, intending to frighten her sister. She had written (though apparently not sent) letters to her husband, including one saying

I hope you will look after your children and bring them up. May they never be treated as I have been. I cannot stand jeers. With the best of luck for the rest of your life.

The police reported that Mrs Charman is a very good mother who has done her best in adverse circumstances. The jury found her guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm, and strongly recommended mercy. Her sentence was to be bound over, rather than imprisoned. I do hope things improve for her.

Christopher Morley’s play East of Eden has been banned by the Lord Chancellor.

Mrs F Kingdom Ward, the wife of the botanist Captain F Kingdom Ward, is the first woman to fly on the Air Mail Service to India. She has done so to get to her husband, who is ill in Muong, China.

The LNER has started a luxury rail service from Liverpool Street to Cromer and Yarmouth. Iced water will be served, all the warning notices have been removed, there is Wilton carpet, velvet moquette, dark brown leather and fawn reppe. “Oscillation has been reduced to such an extent that writing can be done in comfort”.

A child aged 12 has been convicted of stealing a duckling and a gosling from Fareham Market. His father was ordered to pay 10s costs.

The isle of Wight Musical Festival has taken place, with “no abatement in the interest and enthusiasm”. There was much folk and country dancing.

I think of buying a business, “ladies’ opportunity”, wools, silks, fancy needlework, splendid stock, turnover £1,500 a year – cost is £500. It may be in Southsea, as it is being sold through a Southsea auctioneer.

600 Navy Cholera Belts are available for 2s 6d each. One can also buy three large pictures (subject and style unspecified) for 12s.

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Some of the second-hand cars have high mileage. There is an Austin Seven Tourer, 1928, “fitted with every conceivable extra”, mileage 6,000. That is a long way in eighteen months.

Whole-day excursions to Ryde from Portsmouth are 2s First Class and 1/6 Third.

The Criterion in Gosport is showing The Latest from Paris, with Norma Shearer, George Sidney and Ralph Forbes. There are some stills from it here. The Hippodrome has a musical comedy revue called Maytime, with Queenie May, “the English Girl from America”, Harry Angers (whose daughter, Avril Angers, was a comedian and actor who didn’t die until 2005), Fred Spreadbury and his Six Coney Islanders (picture of them here), and Zigfield’s Wonder Girls. The latter, the paper says, “provide a novel spectacle in the form of a human cross-word puzzle”. The Theatre Royal is showing Sherlock Holmes, with HA Saintsbury as Holmes and GB Fearow as Watson. Many films sound a bit racy: If I Were Single at the Scala, Lonesome Ladies at Cosham Picture House and Man, Woman and Sin at the Prince’s. There are a lot of cinemas – 15 in Portsmouth itself. The paper notes that next week’s films include the first British motor-racing film, Smashing Through: the plot involves “a British motor company’s effort to beat foreign competitors in the face of difficulties and misfortunes, and interwoven with this is an intriguing romance”. There is also a job ad for a “Jazz Drummer, used to kinema work; own instruments”.

There has been a fundraising meeting for the extension of Portsmouth Royal Hospital. The Bishop said “it was a terrible responsibility for a city such as Portsmouth to have a hospital which everybody agreed was inadequate”.

Chapman’s Laundry will be closed next Saturday for the Annual Staff Outing.

There is advice to old women on what to wear: “a little rummaging among prints of mediaeval fashions, of ecclesiastical garb, of Oriental and peasant costumes, would yield dozens of ideas. The fundamental note always should be dignity”. “Cheerfulness is so important to beauty.”

Milton and East Southsea Ratepayers’ Association is to have a lecture on “The New Secondary Schools: Are They Too Expensive?”

In the death announcements, Elsie Elizabeth Brandell, nee Knight, has died aged 31, after a long illness. “Gone to meet her Freddie.”

The airman Sir Alan Cobham crashed his “big blue airliner the Youth of Britain”, though only from 50 feet so no-one was hurt, although the ‘plane is damaged.

This exchange does not seem kind: “Elderly man at Bow County Court: I am not strong enough to hold a hammer to do upholstery work. I suffer from bronchial catarrh and deafness. Solictor: Which prevents you holding the hammer, the catarrh or the deafness?”

Miss Margaret Bondfield has been appointed as Minister for Labour, the first woman Cabinet Minister.

A lion has been recaptured in Cologne after escaping from the circus and swimming around in the Moselle.

The War Reparations are still being agreed. The current proposal is that Germany pays £99,400,000 a year for 59 years. The paper also writes about the descendants of the Hapsburgs, who it says are living in poverty.

In the letters page, “A Portmuthian” writes about his experience of emigrating to New Zealand. “A Country Dweller” appeals for free ‘buses to take Portsmouth children into the country.

Mrs Nellie Prothero, the widow of a vice-admiral, has died in Brighton hospital after being found on the cliffs in a state of collapse; she had been receiving outdoor relief since her husband’s death until about three weeks ago, when she was offered admittance to the workhouse, but did not want to go.

Winchester City Council is considering what action to take about sewerage, given the offensive smell from Winchester College.

A local JP is to give a talk at Waterlooville on The Colour Problem.

In the Situations Wanted, a Naval Officer’s daughter is looking for a post as a daily or morning Nursery Governess. She lives in Richmond Lodge, Netley Road, has been to high school and speaks several languages.

In the Personal ads, a widow would like to meet a Naval Pensioner for companionship. Another ad asks “Will widow, 30, re St Jude’s, white flower, and June Flowers, Fareham, please write at once Box 7192”. And a “kind person” is wanted to adopt a month-old baby girl, for “love only”.

4th June 1929

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“DOWNCAST. Lord Cushendum wore a gloomy look whilst waiting for admittance to the Cabinet meeting last evening.”

The Tories have lost 146 seats so far. There are 7 results still to be declared.

Mr Baldwin has resigned. Apparently he has to surender his seals of office to the King. I would like to know what they look like.

Ramsay MacDonald had a quiet day; in the morning he went to Christie’s to see some pictures.

The Labour National Executive and Parliamentary Labour Party will meet tomorrow to decide on immediate actions:

How truly representative of the community generally is Labour’s Council of 31 may be gathered from the fact that General Workers, Railwaymen, Iron and Steel Trades, Boot and Shoe Operatives, Typographical Workers, Miners, Transport Workers, Railway Clerks, Distributive Workers, Emgineers and Vehicle Workers will all have their direct representative present.

Women will be represented by Mrs Jennie Adamson, the wife of WM Adamson, Dr Ethel Bentham, Miss Ellen Wilkinson, and Miss Susan Lawrence, the vice-chairman of the Labour Party Executive.

The paper notes that there is a husband and wife in Parliament, plus one father and two sons; each of the party leaders has a son in Parliament and one also has a daughter.

M Alain Gerbault, the French lawn tennis player, who is sailing alone around the world, is overdue to arive at Le Havre, and is being searched for.

“Thousands of ruptured men and women will rejoice to know that Capt. Collings, who was helpless and bed-ridden for years with double rupture, will send free to all the full plan by which he cured himself at home.”

Daisy Woodhead is being tried for killing her husband. She told the police “We were having a row over the size of the winkles. He said ‘You don’t call them winkles,’ and punched me on the side of the face'”. She threw a plate and a knife at him and he died from a cut in the neck.

The British Labour Movement opposes forced labour of “primitive or partially developed peoples” in the Colonies for private employers, but would allow it for public works.

The British Trawlers’ Federation advertises for people to eat more fish; to fry it, the fat should “give off a BLUE SMOKE. This is most important”.

There is a whole page of the results of local Labour Party and Trade Union draws.

The paper notes a trend for elderly bishops to marry their much younger secretaries.

There is an ad for Daily Herald song-sheets, which will get you out of trouble at meetings if the speaker doesn’t turn up.

One should burn paper in one’s bin once a week, to keep it clean.

31st May 1929

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News of Labour gains came thick and fast soon after midnight last night. Among the dozen victories were three at Salford, including that of Mr. Ben Tillett, Mr. Derwent Hall Caine, at Everton, Mr. Charles Dukes, at Warrington, Mr. Tom Snowdon, at Accrington, and Mr. McElwee, at Hulme. …

Where Labour seats have been retained there have been some Gargantuan majorities, notably at Rotherham [16k], Barnsley [9k], and Farnworth [11k]. …

The young women electors in London, who had been considered difficult to move, not only turned up in large numbers at the polling booths, but turned up early. In many of the outer suburbs at 10 o’clock they were queued up at the polling booths as if there were a bargain sale.

(Derwent Hall Caine is the son of the novelist)

There have been three deaths of people at polling stations.

The King has a cold, following his return to Windsor from Bognor, “a stay at the seaside of 13½ weeks”. I cannot tell if this is a dig.

There is a coroner called Ingleby Oddie (see here).

Two people in Clapham were in court accused of running an unlicensed home for lunatics. One doctor said that the five residents of the nursing home were lunatics. Three other doctors said that they were not. “Mr. Dodson asked if one of the patients was suffering from the delusion that she was dead, but Dr. Herbert said she had never mentioned it to him.” The couple were found not guilty.

There is an ad for 16 days in Corsica with the Workers’ Travel Association. (See here – I like its logo.)

The £500 reward in the case of the missing banker is to be paid to Frederick Arnold, who found the body.

There is an article calling for “Death to the house flies – vigorously, relentlessly, always!”.

Sir Bernard Spilsbury is likely to be asked to examine the death of Hector Rose Nelson, who was found shot both through the head and through the heart. He had a revolver in his hand, and on his bicycle was fixed a holster for it.

It is predicted by the Controller of the London Telephone Service, Mr W A Valentine, that in two years London telephone subscribers will be able to telephone any part of the world. There are currently 635,000 telephone instruments in London.

A twenty-year-old factory girl has been sentenced to 8 months for causing the death of her newly-born baby. The judge said “the law now recognised that the balance of a woman’s mind might be upset at such a time, and judges could take a more merciful view”.

A rabbit with ears 26 inches long and 7 inches wide has won the lop-ear category at the Royal Counties’ Agricultural Show at Southampton.

Annie Besant is to speak on the Problem of India and World Peace, which I would like to hear.

The paper comments on the poor treatment of ice-cream men, who work long hours and whose employers deduct money for spoiled ice-cream. They would like to join trade unions.

Five novels are reviewed: The Boroughmonger, by RH Mottram. It “moves at an even pace and without hesitation to its – one must admit – rather inadequate conclusion”. Where the Heart Lies, by Ruth Brockington, “provides the reader with an hour or two of pleasant diversion”. Roon, by Herbert Asquith (son of the former PM), “is more ambitious, but less competent”. The other two novels, The Riven Pall, by Ronald Gurner, and Yet a More Excellent Way, by Mary Scharlieb, are dismissed together as “both novels with a message. The first is concerned with smoke abatement, and the second with the conversion of the Hindus to Christianity. As literature neither of them posesses much merit.” I would be interested in reading a novel about smoke abatement.

A woman has been found by the coroner to have killed herself as a result of excessive cigarette smoking, 30-40 a day. Her husband said she had been depressed.

There is an appeal for Esperantists to transcribe books into Braille.

Post from 1929

31 May 2019

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Miss J Richmond
The ?Wakes
Middleton Road
Camberley
Surrey

13:4:29

Hotel ?Münchnenhof
Vienna VI
Austria

It is rotten luck you getting mumps. Cheer up! I do hope you haven’t them too badly. We are having a wonderful time. Each place seems as good as the last. Vienna really is a lovely town – very ?huge. The shops are very nice – we seem to spend our mornings shopping. It is a long business when you can’t talk. This National history museum is rather a fine building. We spend all our evenings at the opera and it is too marvellous. We are doing a tremendous lot!

Love Stella.

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(Opinion from my father:

Stella is, quite frankly, an idiot. Instead of the detailed report on the growth of Fascism that we expected, the silly person is buying hats to wear to the opera!

I hope she felt foolish about her lost chance to prevent World War Two!)

No news update today except to say that the election results are out and the Daily Herald says it is a Labour landslide. Details to follow.

30th May 1929

30 May 2019

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It’s election day! “Vote against slums today!”

“As the polling booths each add their quota to the dramatic story, telephones, telegraphic and broadcasting instruments, printing presses, all kinds of rapid duplicating machines, illuminated screens, and electric signs from all over the country will be set in operation from moment to fateful moment.” (The Daily Herald)

Ramsay MacDonald says “I am not a Communist. I never have been. I do not believe in them.”

Baldwin’s “eve-of-the-poll broadcast was the effort of a dispirited and defeated man. About it there was an air of complete weariness”.

The DH thinks that Churchill is in trouble in his constituency in Epping. “His ways with hecklers have given offence”.

“Mr. Herbert Morrison, who has an unrivalled knowledge of the position in London, broke into verse:
Whether it’s wet or whether it’s fine,
Vote for Labour well up to time.

There is an obit of JR Green’s wife, Alice Stopford Green – I did not know that she collaborated on A Short History of the English People with him. She was also an active Irish Nationalist – Wikipedia says she was involved in gun-running, as well being an elected member of the Senate of the Irish Free State.

“Examination of stains on the walls of the villa of Miss Branson, the murdered Englishwoman of Les Baux, near Marseilles, have led Dr Beroud, chief of the Police Technical Laboratory, to report to the police that the stains are not those of human blood, as previously thought”.

Ramsey MacDonald has spoken about the relationship between Britain and France. He thinks that the French do not understand the burden that the post-war loans to France have made on Britain, and “we are a little hurt to see that our sacrifices and burdens are not appreciated at their full value”.

There is a pome with apologies to “Sunny Boy”:

Stanley Boy

Though trade’s depressing,
You are so refreshing,
Broccoli will grow, Stanley Boy.
Miners are starving,
Let them go on starving,
You’ll pull us through, Stanley Boy.
You made a statement,
We know its worth.
There’s no abatement
Of poverty on earth.
And though the slums are appalling,
Let them still keep calling,
Your Safety First, Stanley Boy.

The Catering section of the small ads is headed Beanfeasts, etc.

A badger turned up at Southend railway station and was chased around before being captured. It was put in a police cell for an hour and then removed to a menagerie.

An American aviator, Miss Marvel Crossen, has set a record for women flyers of 24,000 feet.

The body of the missing banker has been found in a wood! He appears to have shot himself.

An ad says that babies should be fed evaporated milk.

“The smartest and latest bathing suits for this season will all have some black in them, mostly black knickers with brightly coloured tops. … A delicate shade of Nile green will probably be popular. A pretty suit in this colour worn by one of the millgirl mannequins had the green bodice shaped like a waistcoat coming down to a point over the black knickers.”

There is an ad for a 3-shilling B&B in Battersea, “homely Labour people”.

1929 reading: The Girls of the Rookery School (book #167)

29 May 2019

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Ethel Talbot, 1929.

Today in 1929 I read a book published this year, The Girls of the Rookery School, by Ethel Talbot. I’ve found her unreliable in the past; this one is reasonably decent. It has that early century love of the Sussex Downs, and quotes Kipling’s Sussex by the Sea.

Peggy is a new girl at the Rookery School, having previously been taught by a governess. She is a romantic and has a thing about rooks. The school building, “one of the smaller of the stately homes of Britain”, had a rookery in the firs in its grounds until fifty years ago. Then there was a fierce storm, the rooks left and set up a new rookery a mile away, and the son of the house was drowned, having apparently stolen a ruby from his parents, which was never seen again. The schoolgirls have a society named after him, the Roger Shelley Society, because they believe him innocent.

Peggy at first finds games, which seem to be mostly cricket, difficult, as she has never played before. She is also worried because her aunt has told her she is “original” and she worries about being thought eccentric. The understanding head tells her that “to be able to be one’s own self without shame, without following blindly with the crowd, is one of the greatest gifts of all – as long as the while our aim is high”. Eventually she feels “one with every player who was playing for School”. Matron suggests that she may lose her romantic self:

now I suppose that next time I have you in here [the San] you’ll be talking games, games, games, till I’m fairly deaved with hearing you; and you will have forgotten the rooks and such-like, that you talked about last time?”
“Oh, Matron, no!” Peggy turned, shocked out of the shyness which she always felt in Matron’s presence. “Oh no, Matron, I couldn’t. There’s two bits of me you know.”
Peggy turned to walk towards the Avenue again.
“Ah,” Matron’s voice followed her, “and so there is with most of us, I reckon.”

Having found her talent for cricket (left-handed bowling), Peggy makes it up with her friend Polly:

In the cloakroom their arms were round each other; their hot cheeks were pressed together; they were kissing each other for the first time.
The friendship which had seemed cut short was only just beginning after all!

There is a sub-plot about the visit of a school inspector:

“We’ve never had an inspection before … It’s a an absolutely new idea. Miss Graham [the head] decided on it. He’s coming some time this term.” …
In school … laughter was a thing unknown; work-hours were carried through with more than usual strenuousness. The coming of the Inspector was considered “worse than the Junior Cambridge,” according to the Middles, as they stodged away.

The inspector turns out to be Maud’s aunt, and visits incognito as far as the girls are concerned:

But Maud’s aunt was not the expected Inspector with a beard and glasses. Oh, I know all about that!” Miss Steel’s voice was cheery. “Times change and Inspectors with them you know. You’ve all been reading old-fashioned books. …. Miss Ware is certainly one of His Majesty’s Inspectors, and being temporarily in the district, she received a request to inspect this School. … Maud, your aunt asked me, as she left the room, to explain to you that it has been impossible for reasons of etiquette to invite any of you to tea until this ‘ordeal’ was over. … ”
“I knew perfectly well that Aunt Mary had got some awfully brainy kind of job. That’s why she’s had to come down here on a sort of half-and-half rest-cure. Still, I never bothered my head, of course, about what her job was! Well, after all, if you come to think of it, I suppose every Inspector’s got to be somebody’s aunt!”

The book is good, albeit in passing, on staff having lives and characters of their own. Matron tells Peggy a theory of hers about jackdaws having stolen the ruby: Peggy tells her it’s “”an awfully interesting idea””. “”Well, it just came to me with thinking, as things do,” said Matron diffidently, but in friendly tones.” The teachers arrive a day before the pupils:

the night before term opened was the mistresses’ own night. Was the weather cold – as it can be at Rovingdean! – then huge log fires would be lighted, they knew, by Matron’s orders in each bedroom. The dinner with the Head would be a jolly one. The after-dinner coffee, served in the mistresses’ common room, would be jollier still.

Other bits I liked:

“”These slippers too; I’ve never seen a girl bring so many pairs. You don’t want to look downright silly, do you?”” How many pairs does Peggy bring … ?

Peggy’s previous holidays by the sea at Westbourne or Eastmouth with her governess. “Gloves always; a band playing almost incessantly; and Miss Trott either staring at picture-postcards through the shop windows, or pointing out celebrities in whom Peggy felt no whit interested.” I would like to know who the celebrities were.

Aunt Mary’s char, who is paid ninepence an hour and has “”never seen an O-Cedar mop nor a Bissell before, and swept the bungalow windows – or tried to – with the new vacuum cleaner.”” (product placement … both of these brand names still seem to exist and sell mops)

Surprised to find that Ethel Talbot does not have a Wiki article, though there is a very short account in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. This gives her dates as 1880 to 1944 and says she was born in Sutton Coldfield, lived in Edinburgh with a friend, EM de Foubert, and then in London. This book is mentioned as having a “strong sense of setting”. When I have some breathing space I’ll see if I can find out any more about her, and also add the frontispiece to this post.

28th May 1929

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The Daily Herald reports more Tory misinformation in election leaflets. Mr MacDonald was enthusiastically received in Middlesbrough and Stockton. He has been defending the Labour Party’s record in government in 1924. “There was no day that passed but it was told it was its last.” Liberals and Tories effectively conspired against them.

The parties are still arguing about whether Lloyd George promised that the Kaiser would be hanged – he said what he actually said was that the Kaiser would be thrashed, which he says he did. Mr Baldwin is tired and angry: “As I came along the road this afternoon [in his constituency of Bewdley, where the famers greeted him as Stanley Boy], I was very much tempted to go to Astley Hall (his own residence) and send a telegram saying I will never go back to London.” Stink bombs were thrown at a meeting held by the Tory candidate for the Exchange Division, Sir James Reynolds. Jennie Lee has an article about how young women will vote; they want to see “more happiness, more health, less drabness and drudgery around them”.

There is a pome about Baldwin, starting “On the top of the Tariff Tree / The Bungle Baldwin sat / But his feet you would not see / On account of his Safeguarding Hat”.

A soda fountain exploded in Clapham and broke a girl’s leg.

The reports of the missing banker were unfounded, but there have been more possible sightings. There is now a £500 reward.

The London General Omnibus Company has decided to allow smoking on upper decks, but not lower.

The Victorian (Australia) Aerial Derby has been won by a Cirrhus Moth light ‘plane.

A pianist, Karl Delhees, has set a record of continuous piano-playing of 76 hours and 15 minutes; what he played is not stated.

A Popular Selection from the May records list is I Faw Down and Go ‘Boom’.

There have been thunderstorms in southern England, and some damage from lightning.

A film about Emma Hamilton, The Divine Lady, is reviewed very poorly: “an expensive dullness … and too little honest human nature”. I don’t think I’ll go.

Three boys have been fined for swimming in the canal in London; hundreds of people stopped to watch them and threw coppers for them to dive for, leading to a risk the bridge would collapse.

11% of deaths in the first three months of the year were caused by influenza.

The Isle of Man is running out of Manx cats because summer visitors take them – particularly Americans, who take kittens for their friends.

In local news, I am currently in Gloucester so have used the Gloucester Citizen.

William Whale of Sweet-briar Street was in court for having nicked 7s 7d from his gas meter. He said that he was unemployed and only had 8s a week to support his wife and child, which the Magistrate said was no excuse. He was treated leniently and bound over in the sum of £5.

The Gloucestershire Education Committee has approved the building of a new hostel for students at the College of Domestic Training. Students come from all over the country and the Dominions.

The number of wholly unemployed people in Gloucester has gone up from 917 in May last year to 1,206. There is a lot of unemployment among coal miners in the Forest of Dean.

“The Second Mrs Tanqueray” is on at the Hippodrome, and is “exceptionally fine”. The Legion of the Condemned is on at the Luxe; it is a silent war-film with sound effects. “Gary Cooper takes every advantage of the opportunities for emotional acting.” The film “Fire” is praised for “an abundance of humour and action … [and] the necessary leavening of pathos”.

A short-furred Tabby Cat answering to “Pat” has been lost in Stroud; reward.

The elderly gentleman takes a nap

28 May 2019

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Unheardofly, he napped a few feet from the young matron.

27th May 1929

27 May 2019

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The bleakness of the news all ’round has led me to escape into 1929. I now have a news blackout for current-day news and am experiencing the news of 1929 day-by-day.

There are not very many national newspapers for that period on the British Newspaper Archive. I am currently going with the Daily Herald (wiki link), which is a left-wing newspaper with an interesting history – ended up as the Sun.

So today, Ramsey MacDonald has given a stirring call to the nation as the election nears. There have been “thrilling scenes of welcome” to him in Darlington. The German Social Democratic Party sends good wishes to the Labour Party for the elections. There has been an incident of hooliganism when young men threw bags of sand and chalk at the cars of the Labour candidate for Stafford, Len Smith, and his supporters. “Mr Smith subsequently expressed the hope that there would not be a repetition of this behaviour. It might, he said, lead some people to make reprisals, and they did not want that kind of thing.” The Labour candidate for North Hammersmith has issued a writ for libel against two local papers which said he had poked fun at the Boy Scouts and the Special Constabulary.

Two missing Australian aviators have been found safe.

There have been several sightings of the missing banker, who may be in a confused state.

A goods lift fell on a 9-year old in Soho; the child is in hospital.

A bullock being driven through Bath found it very hot and lay down in the streets and slept for hours.

Covent Garden porters formed a guard of honour for the marriage of Virgina Willys, the 18-year-old daughter of an American businessman. I do not know why. A different marriage, that of Alice Butcher and Robert Lister Matthews, was stopped by the police as Lister / Matthews was already married.

There was a mention of the ongoing trial for murder of 19 Czechoslovakian Gypsies, who were also accused of cannibalism, but very few other details, not even the country this is taking place in.

A headteacher killed himself by drinking weedkiller and also shooting himself; he had rung the police beforehand to ask them to send someone ’round in an hour.

The Coalfields Distress Fund is continuing to be administered, with some criticisms that money should be handed out faster.

There are six ads for booklets about birth control.

Dr Bernard Hollander (wiki link with good picture), speaking at the South Place Ethical Society (of which my great-grandfather was a member, though he died in 1906), said that “sleep is greatly facilitated if, after closure of the eyelids, we gently try, without straining, to look towards the centre of the forehead”.

I have not read the sporting pages because I do not care.

The paper’s composition staff had had an outing to Southsea, with a motor tour of Hampshire villages.

The paper also includes a pome about bindweed.

The weather is forecast to continue sunny with possible thunderstorms.

In local news (The Portsmouth Evening News), two tricycling ice-cream vendors collided. A biography of the Prince of Wales says that he prefers “lively music to classical compositions; a clever banjoist gives him great pleasure”.

There is a recipe for Orange Tartlets, A Good Luncheon Sweet, which I might try.

There is local apathy about the elections, possibly because of the hot weather. The Labour candidate for Portsmouth South, Jessie Stephen (wiki), has spoken to a meeting of servicemen and told them that the view that only the Tories are friends to the forces is wrong. There is a long description of the various posters used in the campaign. There’s a political ad to corset-makers, telling them that their trade is not safeguarded and that 302,208 pairs of corsets have been imported so far this year. There are apparently two Conservative candidates standing in Portsmouth North, because of falling out between local Tory groups.

Films on include Mademoiselle Parley-Voo (wiki) and Hard-boiled Haggerty.

The paper also notes that Braemar Council has introduced litter boxes, with an implication that this is a new thing.

There are three houses at Sandown on the Isle of Wight called Oidunno, Unoit and Onitsown. The paper calls these “unusually informative house names”.

A local woman has been found dead in a passage-way, apparently having cut her own throat with a knife stolen from a butcher’s shop; her husband said she was subject to delusions.

A tattooed man, possibly called Harold Goldin, was found in St Albans having lost his memory.

A man gave himself in to the police having opened a window in a house with intent to burgle the house: he said to the police “I have left my paws on a window in Cavendish Road”.

The Hayling Field Club visited the prehistoric ridgway between Butser and Winchester Hill. “The inspection of other items of interest in the neighbourhood completed a most enjoyable outing.”

The issue includes Chapter XI of The Mark of the Three Fishes, a mystery. See image above.

Jobs advertised include a photographic Improver, and home knitting using knitting machines. Rooms advertised include those for Business Girls and Business Young Ladies.

There is a notice from the Children’s Guardians that anyone taking a child for a fee must report this to the local authority within 48 hours, under the Children Act 1908. Otherwise a fine of £25 or six months’ imprisonment is possible.

Someone has lost a large Tabby Cat named Peter. Five shillings reward.

There is an ad for a free trial of lessons in the Ukelele, Singing, Dancing, Elocution, Banjo, Mandoline.

A 32-year-old woman calling herself “LONELY” “desires to correspond with a superior working man; genuine; view matrimony; genuine”.

There is an ad to deal with “accouchement” and then find a home for the child.

That’s all the news for today.