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NOVEMBER 6, 1950.

Government Notices.
Administrator's Office.
24th October, 1950.
THE following particulars relating- to
appointments etc in the public service
are published for general information:-
BELL, Miss ANGELA, appointed G.S 0.
Class III, Telephone Operator on two
years probation.
1st September, 19G0
BERTRAND, Mr. T. St. Rose, Clerk-in.
Training, appointed 3rd Class Clerk,
Sub-Treasury, Portsmouth, on two
years probation.
24th June, 1950
BROWN, Miss VALENTINE, appointed G.S.O.
Class III, Telephone Operator, on two
years probation.
1st October, 1950
DIBIQUE Miss ANNA, G S. 0. Class III,
Nurse Medical Department, vacation
leave from 20th October to 14th
November, 1950 inclusive.
E. 388
EUGENE, Mr. BERNARD J., 3rd Class Clerk,
Public Works Department, appointed
2nd Class Clerk, Public Works Depart-
1st January, 1950
Orderly Roseau Hospital, vacation
leave from 21st October to 15th
November, 1950 inclusive.
X E. 422


JOSEPH Mr. D. C., 2nd Class Clerk, Public
Works Department, appointed 1st
Class Clerk, Public Works Depart-
1st January, 1950
JOSEPHS. Mr. J. C., 2nd Class Clerk, Pub-
lic Works Department, appointed 1st
Class Clerk, Public Works Department.
1st January, 1950
JULIEN, Mr. W., Clerk-in-Training. ap.
pointed 3rd Class Clerk, Public Works
Department, on one year's probation.
1st January, 1950
LOCKHART, RYVES, Dispenser Roseau Hos.
pital, vacation leave from 16th Octo.
ber to 18th October, 1950 inclusive;
E. 70
3rd Class Clerk, Customs Department,
on two years probation.
18th September. 1950

Administrator's Office,
27th October, 1950.
..... --*B--.
Vacancies exist for an Assistant Mechan'-
ical Engineer (Locomotive) and an Assis-
tant Mechanical Engineer (Marine) in the
British Guiana Transport and Harbours
Department. The posts are permanent
and pensionable and the salary of each is
in the scale 750)x30-900 per annum
The Assistant Mechanical Engineer
(Locomotive) is required to assist the
Chief Mechanical Engineer and take
charge of the maintenance of Locomo-

No. 57.


tives, Carriages and Wagon maintenance
and operation.
The Assistant Mechanical Engineer
(Marine) is required to assist the Chief
Mechanical Engineer and take charge of
the maintenance of Marine craft, hulls,
boilers and engines.
Candidates for either post should be
under 40 years of age, corporate members
of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
or (in the case of the Assistant Mechanical
Engineer (Locomotive) hold exempting
qualifications with experience of Steam,
Diesel-electric and Petrol Locomotives
and carriage and wagon maintenance, or
(in the case of the Assistant Mechanical
Engineer (Marine) hold other technical
qualifications covering the. field of a
Marine Engineer. The holders of each of
these offices should be capable of acting
for the Chief Mechanical Engineer.
In each case, free passages to British
Guiana will be provided for the officer, his
wife and children under 18 years not ex-
ceeding five persons in all On leave after
completion ofa minimum tour free return
passages (not exceeding a total of 200)
will be provided for the officer only sub-
ject to the provision of funds annually
by the Legislative Council. Five days
leave for each completed month of resi-
dent service, up to a maximum of six
months of leave, may be granted after a
minimum tour of two years. Free quar.
ters are not provided.
Intending candidates should make appli-
cation (or write for any further particu-
lars desired) to the General Manager
Transport and Harbours Department.
British Guiana, giving brief details of
age, qualifications and experience as soon
as possible.
Administrator's Office,
27th October, 1950.
Government of the British Virgin
Applications are invited for appoint-
ment to the post of Supervisor of Educa-
tion, British Virgin Islands.
2. The post. which is pensionable, car-
ries a salary of 400, 450x25 500. Quar-
ters are not provided. Non-pensionable
cost of living allowances are being paid
at rates which would give this officer
168.15 p.a at a salary of 400 and 206.5
p.a at the maximum of the scale. He will
be required to keep a horse, in respect of
which he will be eligible to draw a travel.
ing allowance, the present rate of which
is 30 p.a. The appointment will be on
probation for one year.
3. The principal duties of the Super
visor of Education are-(a) to supervise
and inspect all elementary schools, (b) to
advise the school managements on policy

and curricula. (c) to train teachers and
(d) to supervise (in consultation with a
local committee) the Road Town library
and the extension of library services
throughout the Presidency. There is only
one Government elementary school (in
Road Town. Tortola) and the other schools
(in other districts of Tortola and in the
out-islands) are managed by the Anglican
and Methodist churches with financial
assistance from Government.
4. Applications should reach the Com-
missioner, .British Virgin Islands, not later
than 30th November, 1950 They should
show clearly the age, educational qualifi-
cations, experience, special subjects and
interests of candidates and should be
accompanied by copies of testimonials.
Admi'nstrotor's Office.
28th October, 1950.
Point Galerait eight.
This light will be re-exhibited at full
power on or about the 15th November,
1950. showing two flashes every twenty
seconds, viz flash .7 sees, eclipse 2 6 sees.
flash .7 sec eclipse 16 sees visibility 17
Administrator's Office,
28th October, 1950.
All prospective students seeking entry to
the Dominica Grammar School in January
1951, will be expect ed to sit an entrance
examihition to be held on the school
premises on Monday, December 11th and
on Tuesday December 12th. Only those
students who are able to fulfil the entrance
requirements will be admitted. Birth
Certificates should be submitted on the
first morning of the examination.
(Sgd) Victor A. A ARCHER.
Head Master.

A dm nor.strator's Office,
31st October, 1950
The Administrator directs the publica-
tion for general information of the follow-
ing Cost of Living. Index Figures in res-
pect of Dominica.
Statistics for 30th. September, 1950
General Average Increases since 1939
All items 180.5%
Food only 167.8%

Administrator's Office,
31st October, 1950.

It is notified for general information
that His Majesty the King has commanded
the Court to mourn for two weeks from
the 29th of October for his Late Majesty


the King of Sweden. The Corrt will go
out of mourning on Sunday the 12th of
November. Flags, including those at
flag stations, will be flown at half mast on
the day of the funeral, the date of which
is not yet known.
1390 50

Administrator 's Office,
4th November, 1950.
With reference to Gazette Notice of
the 31st October. 1950 it is notified for
general information that the funeral of
the late King of Sweden will take place
on Thursday the 9th of November, 1950.

Administrator's Ofice,
6th November, 195(;
It is hereby notified, for general inform-
ation that His Majesty the King has
approved Remembrance Day being
observed on Sunday Ihe 12th November;
that it should be regarded as a National
Day of Remembrance for the wars of
1914-1918 and 1939-1945; and that it should
be associated with the National observance
at the Cenotaph, Whitehall at 11 a m. and
the 'wo Minutes Silence.
2. fhe following ceremony has been
arranged at the War Viemorial
(1) His Honour the Administrator will
arrive at the War Memorial at 10.58 a. m.
(2) Two Minutes Silence 11.00 a.m. -
11.02 a.m.
(:) "The Last Post" and "The Reveille."
(4) Order of Service:
(a) By His Honour.
We are gathered together here to
make an honourable memorial of
gratitude for those of this Island who,
on our behalf died in battle on the
side of Godliness, Truth and Justice.
We need ourselves no memorial of
them, for they live in our heatts but
their names, and the inspiration of
their sacrifice go down to succeeding
(b) By the Dean of Roseau.
In the name of the Father and of
Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
For them we ask of God Eternal Rest

and Peace, and at the last a place
with His Saints in Glory.
V. Eternal Rest grant unto them
0 Lord.
R. And let Light Perpetual shine
upon them.
The De Profundis.
(c) iy the Methodist Superinten-
The Lesson Revelation, Ch XXI. vs 1-8
(d) Hymn-O God our help in ages past.
(e) By the Rector of St. George's
V. Our help is in the Name of the
R. Who hath made Heaven & Earth
V. The Lord be with you
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray
Ou-r Father...... ...... .......evil. Amen.
The Collects.
(f) V Peace be with you
R. And with thy spirit
V. Let us bless the Lord
R. Thanks be to God
The Blessing
(5) Laying of Wreaths
(6) The National Anthem.
3 Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Ran-
gers are specially invited to attend the
4. It is hoped that as many as possible
of those who served in His Majesty's
Forces and in the NursingServices during
those wars will be present at the cere-
mony. War Medals and Decorations
should be worn with civilian dress by all
ex-officers, ex-servicemen and women,
and members of Nursing Services.
5. Members of Councils, Heads of
Religious Lenominations, Heads of Gov-
ernment Departments and their staffs,
Consular Officers, Members of the Roseau
Town Ccuncil. Managers of the Banks,
Members of all Puolic Bodies and the
General Public are invited to attend the
ceremony at the War Memorial and to be
in their places punctually at 10 55 a m.
By Order,
Acting Government Secretary.


In the Supreme Court of the
Windward Islands and Leeward Islands,
Dominica Circuit
(Appellate Jurisdiction)
No. 6 of 1950.
Appel/o nt
Before Mr. Justice W. A. Date, Puisne Judge.
Mr. F. 0. C. Harris for the Appellant
The Crown Attorney (Hon. C. A. Harney) for the Respondent.
The 23rd day of October, 1950.
DATE, J.: THIS is an appeal from a decision of the Magistrate of
District F convicting the appellant (defendant) of assaulting and b-ating
Lance Corporal Victor Lewis, a member of the Dominica Police Force while
in the execution of his duty, contrary to section 36 (2) of the Small Charges
Act (Cap. 67), and ordering the appellant to pay a fine of 30 or, in default,
to serve a sentence of 9 months imprisonment with ha d labour.
The evidence given before the Magistrate was to Lhe effect that on
Saturday, 24th June, 1950, one Raymond Batteau was annoyed because he
had not been paid certain money, and was beating the office window of the
C. b. C. accountant at Castle Bruce with his fist and at the same time shout-
ing that unless he got the money he would break up the building. Lance
Corporal Lewis, who was summoned to tne scene. requested Batteau to
leave. He refused. Thereupon Lewis arrested him and was taking him t.)
the Police Station when the appellant pushed L,_wis and pulled Batteau.
Lewis cuffed the appellant, who fell on his back, and was arrested
One of the witnesses for the prosecution, Dominique Bannis, stated that
when the appellant pushed Lewis the appellant said: "That is enough.
Let go Raymond," or words to that effect. In this Court it was urged that
those words indicate that, at any rate in the opinion of the appellant, Lance
Corporal Lewis was ill-treating the prisoner Raymond "atteau.
The appellant took no part in the proceedings before the Magistrate
When, the charge was read to him he replied: "I appeal". When he was
asked whether he had any questions to put to the first and third witnesses for
prosecution he stated: "I have no questions. I appeal." When invited by
the Magistrate to cross-examine the second witness, he said: "No question.
I appeal. You cannot try this case." At the close of case for the prosecu-
tion he stated: "My defence--I appeal."
The reasons for appeal filed by Counsel for the appellant are as follows:-
(1) Throughout the hearing before the Magistrate the defendant never
fully understood the nature of the proceedings, and his rights and obligations
in connection therewith, and the Magistrate failed to explain the same ade-
quately to the defendant, or to give him reasonable opportunity by adjourn.
ment or otherwise to advise himself properly.
(2) The penalty imposed by the Magistrate is excessive.
in support of the first ground of appeal Mr. Harris explained that he
had been retained to appear for the appellant in the District Court and that
it is customary for the Magistrate to hear cases in which counsel are retain-
ed at Grandbay and not at Castle Bruce. That, apparently, .was what the
appellant had in mind when he kept on repeating "I appeal", in reply to
every question put to him. Mr. Harris could not, however, be certain that
the District Court had at any time been informed that this was a case in
which counsel had been retained. Certainly there is nothing on the record
to show that any such notification was given either before or at the trial. It
was nenertheless urged in this Court that the Magistrate acted unreasonably
in proceeding with the case and that he should have adjourned the trial and


advised the appellant to consult a solicitor. I cannot agree. All the appell.
ant need have done was to inform the Magistrate that he had retained coun-
sel. Instead of that he preferred to indulge in the impudence tu which I
have already referred. I am satisfied that this was not due entirely to
ignorance: his behav;our on the z4th June and his conduct in the Magis-
trate's Court suggest that he is a person who has little respect for properly
cons ituted authority. The conviction must stand,
As regards the second ground of appeal (which relates to sentence on y).
I am inclined to think that the punishment ordered is excessive and that at
the time it was imposed the Magistrate might have been unduly influenced
by the appellant's conduct in court: it must have been very irritating.
The section under which the appellant was convicted reads as follows:
"Any person who shall assault or beat or wound, or resistor wilfu ly obstruct
any member of the Police Force, or any local or special constable, while in
the execution of his duty, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds
or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding tweve months." It will thus
be seen that the section includes offences of a more serious type than the
one committed by the appellant and that the maximum fine prescribed is
fifty pounds. I am not suggesting that the offence committed by the appellant
is not serious--no interference with the police in the execution of their dutv
can be treated lightly--nor have I overlooked the fact that the appellant does
not possess a clean record; but I feel that a fine of 15 or 4 months imprison-
ment with hard labour would meet the particular circumstances of this case.
I accordingly direct that that punishment be substituted for the sentence
passed by the Magistrate. The appellant is given two weeks from today
Within which to pay the fine of 15. I make no order for costs.

In the Supreme Court of the Windward Islands,
and Leeward Islandds,
Dominica Circuit.
,, (Appellate Jurisdiction)
:No. 7 of 1950
Before Mr. Justice W. A. Date, Pui-ne Judge
Mr. G. A. James for the Appellant
The Respondent in person
The 24th day of October, 1950.
DATE, J. : The Magistrate ofeiDistrict F adjudged the appellant to be the
putative father of the resp.ndent's child born on 14t.h January, 1919, and ordered
him to pay two shillings a week for the child's maintenance. The judgment reads
as follows : No witnesses on either side. I believe the evidence of the complain-
ant that you are the father of the child and you are adjudged the putative father.
You will pay 2/- per week as from 12ta Ju!y, 1950. "
Against this decision the appellant has appealed, relying upon section 134
of the Magistrate's Code of Procedure Act, Cap. 61. which requires that the
evidence of the mother be corroborated in some material particular by other
evidence to the satisfaction of the Magistrate before any person is adjudged to be
the putative father of a child born out of wedlock.
The judicial authority to be satisfied as to such corroboration is the Magistrate
who heard the case and not the Judge of the Appeal Cuurt; but there must at any
rate be some evidence before the Magistrate corroborating tshe mother's story
before an order can be made. In this case there was none. The appeal must there-
fore be allowed and the Magistrate's order set aside, with costs to the appellant in
the sum of 2. 2s. Od.

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