Jabez Sackett

(1840-1925)
FatherBenjamin Sackett Cox (1811-1885)
MotherMary Ann Cooper (c 1809-1842)
Jabez Sackett
(1840–1925)
Jabez Sackett, son of Benjamin Sackett Cox and Mary Ann Cooper, was born in Hythe, Elham, KentG, on 8 August 1840.1 He died aged 84 at Magnolia House, Les Amballes, St Peter Port, GuernseyG, on 8 February 1925.2 He married at Hythe, KentG, on 5 July 1864, Sarah Anne "Annie" Young, daughter of James Young and Sarah Smith.3,4 Annie was born in HytheG on 21 December 1842 and baptized there on 12 March 1843.5 She died aged 72 at Fairfield, Doyle Road, St Peter PortG, on 15 July 1915.6
     In 1841 Jabez was living at Slade Street, St Leonard, Hythe, KentG, in the household of his parents Benjamin and Mary, and was recorded in the census as Jabez Sackett, aged ten months and born in Kent.7
     In 1851 he was living at 30 Slade Street, Hythe, KentG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, an errand boy, aged 10 and born in Hythe, son of Benjamin Sackett.8
     In 1861 he was living at 7 H(o)ylands Ford, Rye, SussexG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, a schoolmaster, aged 20 and born in Hythe, Kent, an unmarried lodger in the household of Catherine Playford.9
     In 1871 he was living at High Street, Elham, KentG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, a schoolmaster, head of household, married, aged 30, and born in Hythe, Kent. Living with him were his wife Sarah, aged 27, and born in Hythe, and their children, Alfred, 5, Lavinia, 2, and Annie, aged one. Also in the household was an assistant schoolmaster, five boarding schoolboys, and a female domestic servant. The establishment would appear to have been a small boarding school.10
     In 1881 he was living at North Gate, WalkingtonG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, head of household, a schoolmaster, aged 40 and born in Hythe, Kent. Living with him were his wife Sarah, aged 38 and also born in Hythe, and his children, Lavinia, 12, Annie, 11, Frederick, 9, Lillie, 7, George, 5, Thomas, 3, and William, aged one. Also in the household was an unmarried female school teacher, Charlotte Clark, who would have been the assistant teacher at Walkington School.11
     Jabez moved from Yorkshire to Guernsey in about 1890 taking with him his son Thomas.
     In 1891 he was living at 4 Collings Road, St Peter Port, GuernseyG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, a certificated schoolmaster (neither employed nor employer), married, aged 50, and born in Kent. Living with him was his son Thomas, a grocer's assistant, aged 18 [actually 13], and born in Yorkshire.12 In 1891 Jabez's wife was living at 43 Paisley Street, Newington, Sculcoates, West HullG, and was recorded as Sarah Ann Sackett, head of household, married, aged 48, and born in Hythe, Kent. Living with her were her children, Lavinia, 22, Frederick, 19, Lilie, 17, George, 16, William, 11, and Laura, aged eight.13
     In 1901 Jabez was living at Duveaux Lodge, St Sampson's, GuernseyG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, head of household, a clerk (employed), aged 60 and born in England. The other members of his household were his wife Sarah, aged 58 and born in England, his unmarried sons, Thomas, aged 23, and William, aged 21, and his unmarried daughter Laura, aged 18.14
     In 1911 he was living at 4 Albion Terrace, Vale Road, St Sampson'sG, and was recorded as Jabez Sackett, a fruit grower's clerk, head of household, aged 70 and born in Hythe. Living with him was his wife Sarah, aged 68.15
(1911 census)

Preacher and temperance campaigner

Jabez Sackett was a lay preacher in the Wesleyan Methodist circuit in Guernsey, taking services from the early 1890s at Morley Chapel, Brock Road Church, and Ebenezer Church, all in St Peter Port.
     He became by 1895 a leading light in the temperance movement in Guernsey and was secretary of the Guernsey District Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templars. The following year he served as secretary of a Committee formed to recruit candidates to test "Dr Tyson's Drink Cure for Inebriates", a medicinal treatment for alcoholism, claimed to have a high success rate in tests in America, England, and the sister island of Jersey. The tests were duly carried out in early 1897 and attracted extensive coverage in the local Star newspaper, helped perhaps by the presence on the Committee of that newspaper's editor and part owner. The tests apparently proved very successful, with nearly all participants stopping drinking and showing dramatic improvement in health. While the integrity of those monitoring the tests is not doubted, there was no scientific basis to the medicine, as noted below in "More about Dr Tyson's Drink Cure."

Children of Jabez Sackett and Sarah Anne "Annie" Young

The Star, Guernsey, 1 Aug 1891, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. Swift.

The Star, Guernsey, 17 Oct 1891, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. B. Smith. Evening at 6. Mr. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 14 Nov 1891, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. T. Gosselin. Evening at 6. Mr. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 14 Jan 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. Newbury. Evening at 6. Mr. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 27 May 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Brock Road.—Morning at 10.30 o'clock. Rev. H. Marchbank. Evening at 6.30. Mr. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 3 Jun 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. Oldfield.

The Star, Guernsey, 22 Jul 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. Sebire. Evening at 6. Mr. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 2 Sep 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. A. Upham.

The Star, Guernsey, 21 Oct 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Brock Road.—Morning Service at 10.30 o'clock. Rev. H. Marchbank. Evening at 6.30. Mr. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 28 Oct 1893, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. W. Done.

The Star, Guernsey, 10 Feb 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. A. Machon. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 31 Mar 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Rev. J. B. Every. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 5 May 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. A. Machon. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 30 Jun 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. T. Ozanne.

The Star, Guernsey, 4 Aug 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. A. Machon.

The Star, Guernsey, 22 Sep 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. A. Le Cheminant.

The Star, Guernsey, 10 Nov 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. P. F. Dorey.

The Star, Guernsey, 22 Dec 1894, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. P. F. Dorey.

The Star, Guernsey, 16 Feb 1895, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. H. Marchbank.

The Star, Guernsey, 4 May 1895, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. J. Lord.

The Star, Guernsey, 18 Apr 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. A. Gosselin.

The Star, Guernsey, 6 Jun 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. W. Marquand. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 18 Jul 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. T. Huxster. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 12 Sep 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Ebenezer.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. C. A. Collingwood.

The Star, Guernsey, 19 Sep 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. T. Huxter.

The Star, Guernsey, 19 Dec 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. O. Dorey.

The Star, Guernsey, 26 Dec 1896, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Brock Road.—Morning Service at 10.30 o'clock. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6.30. Rev. C. A. Collingwood.

The Star, Guernsey, 16 Jan 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. T. A. Gosselin. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 13 Mar 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Ebenezer.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. J. Lord.

The Star, Guernsey, 27 Mar 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. C. Nicholson.

The Star, Guernsey, 19 Jun 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Brock Road.—Morning Service at 10.30 o'clock. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6.30. Rev. C. Nicholson.

The Star, Guernsey, 26 Jun 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. J. E. Dorey. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 3 Jul 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Ebenezer.—Morning at 10.30. Rev. J. Lord. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 7 Aug 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Rev. C. Nicholson. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 21 Aug 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Ebenezer.—Morning at 10.30. Rev. Dr. Rigg. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 4 Sep 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Brock Road.—Morning Service at 10.30, Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6.30. Mr. O. Dorey. Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. T. E. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. T. Ozanne.

The Star, Guernsey, 2 Oct 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Mr. A. Le Cheminant.

The Star, Guernsey, 16 Oct 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. J. Rothery.

The Star, Guernsey, 4 Dec 1897, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Ebenezer.—Morning at 10.30. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. C. A. Collingwood.

The Star, Guernsey, 10 Mar 1900, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Brock Road.—Morning Service at 10.30. Rev. J. Rothery. Evening at 6.30. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 21 Jul 1900, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Rev. W. Done. Evening at 6. Mr. J. Sackett.

The Star, Guernsey, 6 Oct 1900, p 1
List of Sunday Services
Nonconformist.
Morley.—Morning at 10. Mr. J. Sackett. Evening at 6. Rev. J. Bennett.


The Star, Guernsey, 6 Aug 1895, p 2
Temperance Mission.
Under the auspices of the Independent Order of Good Templars, a mission to be conducted by Mr. W. C. Harbud, of London, was inaugurated in St. Paul's Schoolroom on Thursday evening last. There was a good attendance. Mr. A. Carter, G.C.T., of the Channel Islands, presided, being supported on the platform by Messrs. Harbud (the missioner), G. Hillman (D.C.T.), — Le Messurier, W. A. Williams, G. Messenger, — Ingrouille, R. W. Lihou (D.R.W.G.T.), J. C. Marriott, G. Guard, A. E. Bath (P.C.T., London), and C. Körner (organist). After singing and prayer, the Chairman delivered an impressive speech, in the course of which he explained that the templar platform was total abstinence for the individual, and prohibition for the state. Mr. Harbud, who was well received, gave a powerful address, showing the terrible evils brought about by the drink traffic, and urging his hearers to join the temperance army.
On Friday evening the meeting was held in the Salvation Hall, St. Sampson's. Mr. W. W. Bird presided, and Mr. Harbud gave an interesting address. Messrs. A. Carter, G.C.T., G. Hillman, D.C.T., and Sackett also spoke. Mrs. Atkins and Mr. Sackett presided at the harmonium. There was again a good attendance.
On Sunday, Mr. Harbud conducted the morning service in All Saint's (Baptist) Chapel, the Rev. J. Gard (pastor) leading the devotional exercises. In the afternoon, a well-attended open-air meeting was held in Cambridge Park, under the presidency of Mr. J. Vautier, Grand Co.
Mr. Harbud preached at the evening service in the Salem Bible Christian Chapel when there was a crowded congregation. A great united service was afterwards held in St. Paul's Methodist New Connexion Church [… several further paragraphs not transcribed]

The Star, Guernsey, 12 Sep 1896, p 2
Good Templary.
Bro. J. Sackett, C.T., presided at the weekly meeting of the Excelsior Lodge, I.O.G.T., held in the Rechabite Hall on Thursday evening. Four friends were proposed for membership, and one initiated. Brothers G. Hillman, sen., and Tourtel were elected D.L. representatives. Brothers A. E. Bath (London), Sackett, Robin, Roberts, and Tourtel addressed the Lodge. Bro. Keyho gave a solo. On the motion of Bro. G. Hillman, the usual vote of thanks was passed at the close. All Templars are urged to attend the Guernsey D.L. meeting at Heronnière, St. Sampson's, on Wednesday evening next.

The Star, Guernsey, 17 Sep 1896, p 2
Good Templary.
District Meeting.
The quarterly meeting of the Guernsey District Lodge I.O.G.T., was held last evening at Héronnière, St Sampson's, under the presidency of Bro. R. D. Leak, D.C.T. Two visitors, Brothers J. Potter, P.G.C.T. (Jersey), and A. E. Bath, P.C.T. (London) were invited to seats on the platform. Three brethren received the D.L. degree. The D.C.T. in his report said he had visited the four sub-lodges and found each working admirably. The D.S.J.T. (Sis. Brehaut) appealed for more help in the Temples from adult members. The D. Sec. (Bro. Sackett) reported a membership of 140. The report of the D. Treasurer (Bro. T. Ruse), showed a balance in hand. Bro. A. Carter presented the report of the Finance Committee.
The Tyson Drink Cure having been brought up for discussion, Bro. Potter gave a lucid account of the recent experiments in Jersey, and the matter was referred to the District Executive.
It was decided to hold the next District meeting in the St. James' lodge-room.
Bro. Maw gave a very encouraging report on the state of the order in Guernsey.
Brothers Potter and Bath having briefly spoken, the proceedings terminated.

The Star, Guernsey, 3 Nov 1896
The Tyson Drink Cure.
A meeting was held last evening at the People's Café, Quay, to further discuss the advisability of inviting Mr. Stevens, Dr. Tyson's representative, to this island, in order to effect if possible, the cure of inebriates by means of Dr. Tyson's system.
The chair was taken by Mr. W. Helman, who after briefly addressing those present on the purpose for which they were met, asked the secretary (pro. tem.) Mr. J. Sackett to read the letters he had received from those accepting or declining to become members of the committee which was being formed. Very few of those gentlemen who had been written to by Mr. Sackett declined, and from those who accepted a strong committee was formed. As it was likely that the system of watching the cases under treatment, the latter lasting 21 days, would necessitate much attendance on the committee, it was decided to further increase the committee, several gentlemen will therefore be written to asking them to consent to become members of said committee.
The following officers were then elected:
President (left vacant until a reply has been returned from the gentleman who has been asked to fill this position).
Vice-President:—Mr. W. Helman.
Treasurer:—Mr. R. D. Leak.
Secretary:—Mr. J. Sackett.
A letter was then read by the Secretary from Mr. James Potter, of Jersey, who took an active part during the visit of Dr. Tyson's representative to Jersey a few weeks ago, and which gave the meeting a good idea of the very favourable terms under which Dr. Tyson carried out his sytem of cures.
After some discussion it was carried that Mr. Stevens be invited to come to Guernsey in January next, he to fix his own time for his convenience.
The meeting then adjourned until Friday, the 13th inst.

The Star, Guernsey, 14 Nov 1896
The Tyson Drink Cure in Guernsey.
The adjourned meeting of the Committee which was lately formed to take into consideration the advisability of carrying out Dr. Tyson's Drink Cure in this island was held last evening at the People's Café, Quay, and was well attended.
At a few minutes after 8 o'clock Mr. W. Helman took the chair, and proceeded to give a brief review of what had taken place at the previous meetings at which all had been unanimous in the opinion that the time had arrived when something should be done to try and reclaim a few at least of those who were wrecked through drink, and to try and make them lead better lives. He then asked Mr. Sackett to read the minutes of the two previous meetings.
These were adopted.
Mr. Sackett then read a letter he had received from General F. B. Mainguy in which the latter accepted the position of President of the Committee.
Several letters were also read from gentlemen who had been written to, asking them to become members of the Committee. Several excused themselves on the plea of having their hands already full of other engagements; they, however, mostly expressed their sympathy with the movement. The remainder willingly placed their services at the disposal of the Committee.
As some of the above gave it as a reason that they were not abstainers, Mr. Helman remarked that that did not debar anyone from becoming a member of the Committee. Even publicans would be welcome thereon.
The Rev. Hawken proposed that the Revs. Laycock and E. Mann be written to, asking them to join the Committee.
This was adopted.
Mr. Sackett then read some correspondence which had passed between him and Dr. Tyson's representative, Mr. Stevens, in which the latter said he was quite ready to carry out tests in Guernsey, but not till about the middle of January, as they were about to visit Sheffield and other places for the same purpose.
In a discussion which ensued, it was stated by the chairman that not less than 12 persons would be treated. In all cases the cure was to be a public test. In answer to a remark that some persons would not like their names to be made public, Mr. Helman replied that only initials or numbers were used.
Mr. A Carter proposed, and Mr. J. Le M. Bougourd seconded, that Mr. Stevens be invited to come over to Guernsey, on or about the 20th January next, this date to be subject to Mr. Stevens' reply.
The question of a room, in which the tests could be made, and the patients received, was next taken into consideration. The room in which the meeting was sitting, St. John's Boy's Schoolroom, the Rechabite Hall, the lower room of St. Julians Hall, etc. were mentioned, when finally it was decided to leave the matter in the hands of Mr. A. Carter, who will see if one of the rooms of St. Julian's Hall may be obtained for the time required to carry out the tests—viz., twenty-one days.
The next item discussed was how the patients were to be obtained. Some of the members suggested advertisements being inserted in the local papers. Mr. A. W. Le Messurier, however, considered the best way to obtain patients who were willing to be cured of their habits of intemperance was to see them personally, and induce them to come forward. This suggestion was well received, and will be acted upon. Advertisements will be inserted only failing the necessary number of cases being found by the Committee. Several of those present said they knew a number of persons who gave way to the immoderate use of alcohol, and whom they believed they would be successful in bringing to Mr. Stevens for cure.
On a member remarking that the most difficult thing would be for inebriates willing to be cured to give up drinking at once, Mr. Carter said that there was no need for them to stop drinking, they could drink as much as they pleased whilst taking Dr. Tyson's medicines. This they would do, however, only for a few days, as the medicine would so very shortly sicken them of alcohol that they would only look upon it with horror and disgust.
After some discussion as to the efficaciousness and lasting results of the treatment, in which several speakers adduced facts of several well-known inebriates being thoroughly cured, it was decided to appoint a sub-Committee to carry out the preliminary portions of the work, so as not always to call upon the general Committee. The following were then elected:—General Mainguy, Mr. W. Helman, Mr. R. D. Leak, Mr. J. Sackett, Mr. A. W. Le Messurier and Mr. A. Carter.
Mr. H. E. Mauger then suggested that the Secretary should write to Mr. Stevens for full particulars as to what liabilities the Committee should have to meet in connection with his visit. The reply will be submitted to the General Committee when it (the reply) arrives.
Following is the list of those ladies and gentlemen who have consented to become members of the Committee to carry out in this island a series of test cases of Dr. Tyson's Drink Cure:—
President, General F. B. Mainguy; Vice-President, Mr. W. Helman; Treasurer, Mr. R. D. Leak; Secretary, Mr. J. Sackett. Messrs. A. Upham, W. G. Cumber, Canon W. Foran, Messrs. J. Le M. Bougourd, Walter Bird, Rev. R. Jones, Mr. A. W. Le Messurier, Rev. C. H. Collingwood, Messrs. E. Le Messurier, H. E. Mauger, H. E. Marquand, Rev. J. Gard, Messrs. A. Carter, P. B. de la Perelle, Rev. C. G. Hawken, Messrs. F. Hubert, T. R. Ogier, M. Farrell, A. C. Quick, and J. Skeggs; Miss Thurstan, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. H. E. Mauger, and Mrs. Brehaut.
Others may be added to the Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 9 o'clock.

The Star, Guernsey, 17 Nov 1896, p 2
[Editorial Comment]
Guernsey, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1896.
The Tyson Drink Cure.
No doubt the news that active steps are being taken in this island to carry out Dr. Tyson's Drink Cure have been received on all sides with much satisfaction. This in some cases may have been tinged with slight incredulity as to its lasting effects. Be it as it may, the experiment is about to be tried shortly, and may good luck attend it. By reference to our columns last Saturday it will be seen that a most representative Committee has been secured, amongst which will be noticed the names of many who would not identify themselves with such a movement unless they were well satisfied that the experiment was justifiable, and likely to be attended with success. The first steps to secure Mr. Stevens, Dr. Tyson's representative, have been taken, and this gentleman invited to visit Guernsey early next year. All that is necessary to fix the exact date is Mr. Stevens' reply. That the necessary number of patients will be forthcoming to submit themselves to the treatment there is little doubt. If the full number, twenty-four at the most, and twelve at the least, is not secured, it will not be for lack of cases, as our island, to its shame, has, unfortunately, too great a proportion of inebriates so far steeped in alcohol as to believe them irreclaimable. The latter, however, are just those that the Committee are most anxious to secure, as from reports which have been published in England, and later in the sister island of Jersey, where the experiments have been most successful, they have the fullest confidence that they will have equal success here. The Committee, we trust, will have the heartiest sympathy of the community in their efforts of striving to reclaim at least a few of those who are now a burden to themselves and a curse to their surroundings. A peculiarity of the medicine, which the patients have to take at regular intervals during the day, is that he or she have no powerful conflict to wage with their craving for alcoholic liquor, as they may drink of the latter as much as they please. This, however, they will be able to do for only a few days if they persevere in taking their medicine, as the latter soon commences to do its work, viz. that of ridding the system of the alcohol with which the tissues of the body are impregnated. The medicine, then, soon causes a healthy reaction to set in, and the patient, as his system is gradually restored to its pristine pure condition, acquires a rapidly growing loathing and disgust for the spirit without which a few days before he could scarcely exist. The treatment, if it is necessary to be thorough, must not, however, be discontinued then, but must be persevered in without relaxation for twenty-one days, at the end of which in almost every case the patient is in such excellent health, and so altered for the best in appearance, that his friends scarcely recognise him. It must not be thought that we are stating this as enthusiasts on the bare testimony of those who would wish to carry out cures in Guernsey, but after the careful perusal of reports which have been forwarded to us from England during the last two or three years. We may also add that the Committee are actuated by the same conviction, and will experience very great surprise if their confidence later on is not justified by the success attained. Many of the cures effected have surpassed all belief and expectation. Several of these have been of persons who had been totally abandoned as hopeless, and of whom a speedy end to their lives was predicted. It has been urged that the medicine has an injurious effect upon the system; if that is the case, how is it that the pages of the English newspapers have not been flooded with correspondence as a "counter-blast" from the medical profession? That the treatment is in any way injurious we are inclined to be doubtful, as it would be impossible to hide such a fact. Instead of injurious results, from the many testimonials received, it would seen that patients were steadier in nerve, better in health, and enjoyed an appetite to which they had been strangers for years. In every respect the treatment seems thoroughly reliable and we trust that, after the experiments have come to an end in the early part of 1897, the Committee will have just grounds to congratulate themselves on the success which has attended them. Since the above was in type we have received a communication on this subject, which may be seen in another column. Coming from so eminent a source it should receive the attention it merits, but still we trust the Committee will carry out the task on whiich they are now so far advanced, and later be able to announce as satisfactory results as those which were published last September in Jersey, after the termination of a similar course of treatment in that island.

The Star, Guernsey, 17 Nov 1896, p 2
Letters to the Editor
The Tyson Cure Movement.
Sir,—It is in no controversial spirit that I venture to give a note of warning in your columns to those gentlemen who are interesting themselves in the "Cure of Drunkenness." I am at one with those who uphold temperance, and would gladly see total abstinence practised through the length and breadth of the land, but as I gather from the remarks made at the meeting that the remedy used is Tartar Emetic, I would protest against its application on persons, whose tissues are almost certainly deteriorated by past vicious habits, except under the immediate eye of a medical man. It is not by any means a new remedy, but the counterbalancing effects in depressing the patient far outweighed its good and it was soon discarded. One cannot withhold a smile at the cool, self-complacency, almost amounting to indifference, manifested the other day towards the "corpus vile" of humanity when the moral good of mankind was under consideration. It is on the assumption that the meeting was unaware of the fact that they were using edged tools that I now venture to sound the alarm.
Yours truly,
Francis E. Carey.

The Star, Guernsey, 1 Dec 1896, pp 2-3
Dr. Tyson's Treatment for Inebriates.
To J. Sackett Esq., Secretary, Guernsey Committee for Testing the Treatment of Dr. Tyson; Duveaux, St Sampson's, Guernsey.
Dear Sir,—I beg to thank you for yours of yesterday calling my attention to Dr. Carey's letter in the Star, of the 17th inst., wherein he gives "a note of warning" and sounds what he calls "the alarm" in reference to the proposed test of Dr. Tyson's Treatment in Guernsey, on the ground that it is "Tartar Emetic" and he protests against its use, etc.
When I first saw this letter on the 19th or 20th inst., I was not aware it was from a medical gentleman, and therefore passed it by as scarcely needing a reply, because during the last three-and-a-half years in which this treatment has been under public test in Great Britain there have been so many speculations in the newspapers all over the country about what the medicine is, we have thought it advisable to let everybody have their say, leaving the medicine to speak for itself by what it does.
I have pleasure in responding to your request for a reply to it to be laid before your committee, and also to be sent to the newspaper containing Dr. Carey's letter.
Let me say first that, what strikes us here as most remarkable is that a professional gentleman should write a protest to the public against a treatment of which his letter gives the clearest proof he knows absolutely nothing, either as to its constituents or effects; whilst with the same pen he states that, "he would gladly see total abstinence practised through the length and breadth of the land."
To issue a public warning and protest against trial of one of the means to that desirable end, seems to us a very odd way of trying to attain it, and before knowing what the remedy is, or, what it does. Dr. Carey appears to think that it is right to "condemn first and try after." Our motto is, "prove all things, hold fast that which is good," and in this spirit we have freely consented to test—publicly test—this Treatment anywhere desired, where an unprejudiced and open-minded committee can be constituted. What the results have been is shewn by the committee's reports extending back to 1893 from various towns in the country.
It contains no "Tartar Emetic" whatever, nor anything approaching to that very antiquated drug, a fact Dr. Carey could have ascertained for himself had he written to the chairman of the Jersey Test Committee to know what the actual effects of the Treatment were upon the patients there, when he would have found them to be the very reverse of "Tartar Emetic."
I desire to say, however, we make no complaint whatever against Dr. Carey's letter, and wish to treat all opinions, medical and otherwise, with proper respect and deference, for we look upon free criticism as most valuable when conducted in a proper spirit, free from bias in any way.
I shall be extremely glad if Dr. Carey will attend the meetings of your Committee when the medicine comes to be administered to the test patients. He can then examine and taste it if he wishes, when I doubt not he will at once admit as a gentleman, and man of honour, that he was entirely mistaken in the conclusions he had formed and publicly expressed.
I am, Sir,
Yours faithfully,
T. E. Stephens,
Managing Director for Dr. Tyson's Treatment.
November 24, 1896.

The Star, Guernsey, 5 Jan 1897
The Tyson Drink Cure.
It may be remembered that last November a committee of local ladies and gentlemen was formed for the purpose of carrying out Dr. Tyson's Cure for Inebriates. The meeting which was adjourned from the 13th November was held last evening at the People's Café, Quay, ten or twelve members being present. The chair was taken by Mr. W. Helman, vice-president of the committee, who opened the proceedings. After the minutes of the last meeting had been read by the secretary, Mr. J. Sackett, the latter read a letter from the president, General F. B. Mainguy, in which the latter gentleman, for several reasons, requested that his name should be withdrawn from the committee. This resignation was regretfully accepted. Mr. W. Helman was then proposed as president. This having been seconded was carried nem. con.
Mr. Helman then proposed Mr. A. Carter as vice-president. Mr. Carter was elected.
The meeting then proceeded to discuss the question as to where the tests should be held, when Mr. Carter, who had been deputed to see to this, entered the room, and said that one of the lower rooms of St. Julian's Hall would be available. The suitability of this locality was at once acknowledged by those present, as the patients will be able to come for their medicines and depart afterwards practically unobserved. It was resolved to secure this room, the sum asked for the twenty-one days required being most reasonable.
Mr. Sackett, on being asked, said that he had not heard lately from Mr. Stephens, but expected a letter daily, as the latter had said that he would write to Guernsey about a fortnight before the proposed time to commence the tests, viz., January 21st.
A discussion then ensued as to the advisability of having a medical man on the Committee. This was left to one of the members present in order that he might obtain full information. It might be added that all approved of the presence of a medical man at all or most of the tests.
The President having asked if any member had been able to secure patients for the test, several members answered in the affirmative, five or six people having expressed a wish to try the cure.
Mr. Helman hoped that the members of the General Committee would be able to secure at least twelve cases to be ready to commence when Dr. Tyson's representative came to the island. The Secretary, Mr. J. Sackett, Duvaux, St. Sampson's, will be pleased to hear from such of the committee as have secured patients willing to try the cure.
The name of Mr. A. N. Le Cheminant was added to the Committee.
The meeting then adjourned until Friday, the 15th inst., at 8.15 p.m., at the People's Café.

The Star, Guernsey, 19 Jan 1897
The Tyson Drink Cure in Guernsey.
On Friday evening last the local committee again met to consider the question of carrying out tests of Dr. Tyson's Drink Cure in this island.
A very fair number of the Committee was present.
Mr. Sackett, the Secretary, said he had received twenty copies of questions which had to be put to the intending patients, and afterwards returned to Mr. Stephens, Dr. Tyson's representative. Copies of these questions were taken by most of the Committee present who had secured persons who were willing to undergo the treatment in order to retrieve themselves from their evil habits. These papers have to be sent to Mr. Sackett, who will afterwards forward them to Mr. Stephens, who will then decide upon the date of his coming.
It was decided at the meeting that Mr. Sackett should write to several doctors asking them to join the committee.
Another meeting is to be held shortly, at which, no doubt, the actual date of Mr. Stephen's coming and the commencement of the tests made known.

The Star, Guernsey, 23 Jan 1897, p 2
The Tyson Drink Cure.—A committee meeting was held last evening at the Temperance Café, Quay, and lists of persons willing to undergo the treatment were submitted to the Committee by Mr. J. Sackett, the secretary. These lists will be sent direct to Mr. Stephens, Dr. Tyson's representative, who, after approving of them, will immediately fix the date of his coming to the island, probably the week after next.

The Star, Guernsey, 30 Jan 1897, p 2
The Tyson Drink Cure.
Another meeting of the local committee for the crrying out of test cases of Dr. Tyson's Cure for Inebriates was held last evening at the Temperance Café, Quay. The secretary, Mr. J. Sackett, reported that eighteen cases had been accepted by Mr. Stephens. Four of the latter before treatment will be personally examined by Mr. Stephens, who will arrive in the island on Tuesday morning next. The remaining fourteen patients will be treated fully and unreservedly. Mr. Stephens will meet the patients on Tuesday evening at 6.30 in one of the lower rooms of St. Julian's Hall. The whole of the committee are requested to be present at that hour in order to receive Mr. Stephens. After Tuesday evening, when the medicine will have been tasted by the committee, and the patients supplied with the necessary quantity, with full directions as to taking the same, the committee by two or threes will be requested to attend each evening for the purpose of assisting Mr. Stephens during the following 21 days.
Mr. A. N. Le Cheminant and Mr. Bisson were added to the committee.
It may be mentioned that persons desirous of private and confidential treatment may obtain full particulars of Mr. J. Sackett, Duveaux, St. Sampson's.

The Star, Guernsey, 4 Feb 1897
The Tyson Drink Cure.
On Tuesday morning last Mr. Stephens, Dr. Tyson's representative for the Cure of Inebriety, arrived in the island from Southampton and was met at the steamer by Mr. W. Helman, President of the Local Committee, and Mr. J. Sackett the Secretary, Mr. Stephens driving to Old Government House Hotel, where he will reside during his stay in Guernsey.
In the evening the Committee, and the patients who had been accepted as test cases, assembled at 6.30 in one of the lower rooms of St. Julian's Hall and were presented by Mr. Helman to Mr. Stephens. After a few brief words of introduction from the latter, and the object for which they had assembled explained, the Rev. Hawken rose and said he would be pleased if Mr. Stephens would give a few words of explanation as to the treatment to be followed, as well as to state that there was nothing deleterious in the medicine which the patients would be expected to take regularly.
Mr. Stevens [sic] replied that he would have great pleasure in doing so, and proceeded to speak of the marked success which had accompanied the treatment, by Dr. Tyson's method, of inebriety. As far as the medicine itself was concerned there was absolutely nothing deleterious in its composition, and could be taken with the utmost reliance. He could say so with perfect conscienciousness and freedom as he was very well acquainted with the constituents of the medicine. Although perfectly safe to take, yet it had to be administered in water, one ounce of medicine being diluted with sixteen parts of water, a dose of which had to be taken every hour in a glass which was marked for the proper dose. The effect of the medicine was to de-alcoholise the tissues of the body which were saturated with alcohol, and by the renewal of the tissues through the effect of the medicine the desire for liquor would gradually lessen, and finally cease altogether. With the rehabilitation of the tissues came renewed health, steady nerves, good appetite, and sound sleep; impaired memory, too, would experience immense benefit. Although he did not wish the patients, when under treatment, to go on drinking, yet, sooner than let them suffer for want of a stimulant, he told such as needed the latter very badly, that they might take one, two, or even three glasses of liquor till the desire passed off. They, however, should be no means take, figuratively, a bucket-full, as thereby they would wash away the medicine they took. He urged all who commenced the treatment to have full confidence in it, to take their medicines regularly, and they would experience the greatest possible relief, mentally as well as physically. The various cases which had been sent to him by Mr. Sackett had been passed as safe and were ready for treatment with the exception of four. As some of these suffered from heart and other affections they would have to undergo medical examination. Although as before stated there was nothing in the medicine which could cause injury to the heart, yet the proprietors of the Cure for Inebriates had to protect themselves. Any person suffering from heart complaints it was well known, might die at any moment, and should it unfortunately happen that a patient who was affected by heart disease were to die whilst undergoing the treatment it might be said that such person had died from the effects of the medicine administered. Hence the necessity of their being most careful, and refusing to treat weak persons unless under medical supervision. Mr. Stevens went on to speak of the great success which had attended the treatment in London where more than 300 cases had been treated during the last few months, in each instance the patients having experienced the greatest benefit in every way. Not a single case had been reported of patients being the worse for taking the medicine.
Mr. Stephens then proceeded to question each patient singly, the most searching enquiries being made as to the patients' habits, their sleep, appetite, etc. Their answers were all carefully noted by the Secretary. This, Mr. Stephens said, was most necessary, as it would guide him as to mixing the medicine to the necessary strength for the patients' daily use.
After the examination each patient was supplied with a large bottle of the diluted medicine, and given full instructions as to taking it. Provided they send friends to fetch their medicines it will not be necessary for the patients to come personally each evening to the room. They, however, were all requested to come on the fifth, tenth, fifteenth, and twenty-first days in order to report progress, at half-past 6 o'clock.
Each evening a few of the Committee will be in attendance.

The Star, Guernsey, 4 Mar 1897
The Tyson Drink Cure.
The Local Committee's Report.
Report of the Guernsey Committee on the cases selected by them and submitted to Dr. Tyson's treatment for the cure of the drink crave, from Feb. 2nd to Feb. 22nd, 1897.
The suggestion to invite Dr. Tyson to test the "Drink Cure" in Guernsey was first made in the District Lodge Session of the Independent Order of Good Templars, held last September. While anxious to see its operation, and willing to aid it in every way, they thought it advisable to invite the co-operation of the other temperance organizations. The Secretary accordingly wrote to the leading temperance workers in the island, asking them to meet at an informal gathering in order to discuss the question. This was done, and the result was the formation of an influential committee comprising representatives of the various religious and temperance bodies in the island—as well as several who, though favourably inclined, were not total abstainers. Several of the local medical practitioners were invited to serve on this committee, but, for various reasons, none consented to do so.
The committee thus formed consisted of: Mr. W. Helman, District Secretary, Independent Order of Rechabites, President; Mr. A. Carter, P.G.C. Templar, I.O.G.T., Vice-President; Mr. R. D. Leak, District Chief Templar, I.O.G.T., Treasurer; Rev. Robert Jones, Rector of St. Sampson's; Rev. Canon Foran, of St. Joseph's, R.C; Rev. C. A. Collingwood, Chairman, Wesleyan Methodist District; Rev. Edgar Mann, Congregational Minister; Rev. J. Gard, Baptist Minister; Rev. C. G. Hawken, Bible Christian Minister; Rev. M. Laycock, Primitive Methodist Minister; Mr. A. W. Le Messurier, Secretary, Temperance Vigilance Committee; Mr. J. Le M. Bougourd, Assist.-Secretary Temperance Vigilance Committee; Mr. H. E. Mauger, H.M. Deputy Sheriff; Mr. A. N. Le Cheminant, Principal, Guernsey High School; Mr. H. E. Marquand, Editor and part proprietor of The Star; Mr. F. Hubert, Doyle Road Nurseries; Mr. T. R. Ogier, ex-Constable, St. Sampson's; Mr. E. Le Messurier, General Post Office; Mr. P. H. De La Perelle, General Post Office; Mr. Walter Bird, Commission Agent; Mr. J. J. Bisson, Belgrave Terrace; Mrs. Brehaut, District Superintendent Juvenile Templars, I.O.G.T; Mrs. H. E. Mauger, Secretary, British Women's Temperance Association; Miss Thurstan, President British Women's Temperance Association; Miss Jackson, Lady Missioner; and Mr. J. Sackett, District Secretary, I.O.G.T., who was appointed Hon. Secretary to the Committee.
At a general meeting of the above-mentioned Committee, it was decided that the Secretary, Mr. J. Sackett, should write to T. C. Stephens, Esq., representative of L. B. Tyson and Co., of High Holborn, London, W.C., inviting him to come over to Guernsey for the purpose of testing the cure for inebriates for the usual period of twenty-one days. To this a favourable answer was received, and arrangements made to receive him about the end of January. In the meantime the Committee without difficulty provided a number of patients who were willing to undergo the treatment. These were pronounced cases of chronic alcoholism well known to the Committee; and friends or relatives, anxious for their reclamation, undertook to see that the medicine was properly and regularly administered (it will be readily understood that the Committee had no other means of assuring themselves that the regulations were complied with). To this may doubtless be attributed the fact which makes this a record test, viz., that none of the patients failed to attend either personally, or through their representatives during the whole period of treatment. Twelve patients were accepted as test cases of whom the following is a synopsis:—
No. 1.—Male, age —, had been a constant drinker for 16 years, taking on an average two pints of spirits daily. His sleep was restless, and he awoke unrefreshed in the morning, slightly nervous.
After treatment he appeared quite a different man, with clear eye and brain, could eat and sleep well, and had no desire whatever for the drink.
No. 2.—Male, age 35, addicted to drink for 18 years, drinking on an average 7 or 8 pints of beer daily, with 5 or 6 glasses of spirits every other day, very nervous after drinking, sleep and appetite bad, with defective memory.
This patient was led astray on the third day, but the drink then taken made him very sick, and after missing half-a-day he resumed, and continued to the end.
After treatment the desire for drink had entirely vanished, nervousness gone, sleep and appetite good, memory improved, and whereas on former occasions when trying to give it up he always felt the craving for it, now he has no craving whatever.
No. 3.—Male, aged 47, had been drinking for about 9 years, taking 5 or 6 pints daily with 5 or 6 glasses of rum or whiskey and having an incessant craving for it. His eyes were bloodshot.
After treatment he testified that the taste was dead, that all desire for drink had vanished, and that he felt 20 years younger. He slept and ate well, and his eyes, formerly bloodshot, were clear.
No. 4,—Male, age 28, had been a drinker for several years, drinking, "all he could get of all sorts." In fact such was the incessant craving that when he had money he must have the drink; sleep and appetite bad.
After treatment he looked a different man altogether, slept "as sound as a top," awoke refreshed and ready to eat heartily; all the desire for drink was entirely gone, and "he felt better every way."
No. 5.—Male, age 39, had been a drinker for 19 years, would drink all he could get hold of daily, and when under the influence of liquor was very excitable and nervous. He had often struggled against it but in vain, the craving being ever present.
After treatment this man said, "he felt 18 years younger," sleep and appetite good; the craving had entirely vanished, and although handling the drink daily he never felt the slight desire to imbibe anything. (The sister of this man also bore corroborative evidence of the above, and thanked the Committee for bringing him under the treatment.)
No. 6.—Male, age 31, had been a drinker 12 years, the quantity taken being according to the condition of his pocket, but he always felt an incessant craving for drink, and when walking an ever-present sensation as of someone following him; very nervous, hands tremulous.
After the first two or three days the craving ceased, appetite was restored, nervousness gradually left him, his hands became steady, and the sensation of being followed left him entirely. At the close of the treatment he appeared altogether a different man.
No. 7.—Male, age 38, had a strong appetite for drink, chiefly malt liquor, his sleep and appetite were bad, was also very nervous.
This patient was suffering from a very bad cold, with loss of voice during the whole course.
At the end of the 21 days his craving for drink was gone, he slept and ate better, and had lost his nervousness.
No. 8.—Male, age 31, had been a drinker for 5 years, drinking most on Saturdays, but always felt a strong craving which must be satisfied; appetite very bad on Sunday and Monday.
After the treatment the craving was entirely gone, he slept well, and his appetite was always good.
No. 9.—Male, age 48, had been a drinker for 23 years, with longer or shorter periods of abstinence, when drinking took half-a-gallon or more of beer daily, appetite fitful, sleep restless and morbid, with a constant craving for drink.
After the treatment he declared to the Committee that he felt better every way, that his general health was greatly improved, and that the craving for drink was entirely gone.
In this case the Committee regretfully record their strong suspicion that the medicine was not regularly taken and that his statements must be received with caution, and further that it has come to their knowledge that he continues his drinking habits.
No. 10.—Female, age 55, had been a drinker for 12 years, often taking a bottle of brandy per day, with a constant craving for it.
After treatment she stated that she had no desire or craving for it, and was much better in health in every way.
It has come to the knowledge of the Committee that the medicine was not sufficiently taken in this case also, and they are therefore doubtful as to the permanent results.
No. 11.—Male, age 47, had had drinking bouts off and on for 35 years, hereditary in the family, drank about a pint and a half daily.
This patient was suffering from a variety of disorders besides the effects of drink, chiefly arising from his trade as a painter, and his living with a large family in a confined dwelling.
At the close of the 21 days' treatment he declared himself better in every way, and the craving for drink gone.
No 12.—Female, age 42, had been a drinker for 15 years, drinking 4 to 5 glasses per day, often to excess.
After treatment the desire for drink had vanished, and she was better in every way.
Certain other sufferers from alcoholism were not admitted as test cases, but were generously treated by Mr. Stephens at the request of the Committee who were anxious for their permanent cure.
The Committee arranged that some of their number should be present each evening as they were desirous that the test should be a thoroughly impartial one, and the conclusions they have arrived at are as follows:—
First.—In every case where the conditions were rigidly adhered to there is a marked change in outward appearance, as well as in general healthiness of body, which is shown by brightness of eye, clearness of complexion, mental and bodily vigour, nerve power and firmness of step.
Secondly.—In all these cases the craving for drink, which before had been their weakness, even when striving to reform, is entirely eradicated.
Finally.—That the treatment, whilst imperceptibly rooting out the craving for alcohol, has been in no way deleterious to a single one of the patients; but on the contrary has proved itself beneficial to them in every respect, as fully demonstrated at their last appearance before the Committee on Feb. 22.
Signed on behalf of the Committee,
March 1, 1897.
W. J. Helman, President.
Jabez Sackett, Hon.-Secretary.
Any further information respecting this treatment for the drink crave will be gladly given by Mr. W. J. Helman, Vrangue Brickworks, Mr. A. Carter, tobacconist, Arcade, or other members of the Committee.

The Star, Guernsey, 2 Dec 1897
Temperance Meeting.
St. Julian's Hall.
An enthusiastc meeting was held on Monday evening in the above Hall under the able presidency of Mr. Hubert. On the platform were representatives of the following Temperance organisations, viz.:— The British Women's Temperance Association, the Ancient Order of Rechabites, the Temperance Vigilance Association, and the Independent Order of Good Templars. Also a choir under the leadership of Mr. Falla. After the singing of one of Sankey's hymns, and prayer offered by Mr. J. Sackett, the chairman called on Mr. Sebire who gave an excellent flute-solo which was most deservedly highly appreciated by the audience. The chairman then explained that he had been unexpectedly called on to occupy that position in consequence of the absence of Mr. Plymen, of Jersey, who had been unable to cross over from the sister island through the fierceness of the gale. He was in complete sympathy with the movement which had called them together, but had none whatever with those who looked on at the sufferings brought about by the drink traffic with indifference. Another hymn was sung by the choir, and then the Rev. J. Gard was called on to address the meeting. He began by saying it was an "ill wind that blew nobody good," and the wind which had kept the Jersey friends from coming over had thrown us upon our own resources, and the result had been to bring out of his shell such a man as Mr. Hubert. He divided people generally into three classes—Grumblers—Smirkers—and Workers. Of course there were none of the first-class present but, for himself, if he knew that all Guernsey were against him he would stand out alone in advocacy of the cause. In speaking of the second-class, he maintained that the churches were not doing all they ought and could to stem the giant evil. It was essentially a question for the churches, and they ought to rise to the occasion. The workers should be united—having one aim—and they must not wait for legislation. It was a crying shame that the Government legalised the drink traffic as they did. How could our missionaries succeed as they ought, when rum was sent out in the same ships as Bibles, and our revenue was raised by sacrificing flesh and blood of fellow-beings. Concluding a very interesting address by quoting Columbus's address to his sailors, when they were losing heart as to the discovery of the New World.
The Rev. C. G. Hawken began a most spirited address by saying that he had a right to be on that platform, as he was a total abstainer, but that he sometimes felt he had no right to a cheer, because he was not a fanatic. The great need of the present day was a great temperance revival. All honour to such men as Father Mathew and John B. Gough, who had been instrumental in creating revivals in their time; also to the Good Templar and Blue Ribbon movements, which had gone through the length and breadth of the land; and also to the spontaneous outburst of popular feeling which had compelled the British Parliament to drop the licensing clauses, having for their object the endowing of publicans; but since then there had been no great revival, and it was high time that an enthusiasm was aroused, and another great widespread revival brought about. The speaker then thrilled the audience by giving in most graphic detail some statistics referring to the trade in this island. Of these, the following is a brief summary:—
1.—Duty paid on spirits, wine, etc., for four years, between the second and third of which the tariff had been raised.
Amount of duty paid in:—
1893 … … … £18,412 14 0
1894 … … … £19,576 13 0
1895 … … … £20,752 19 0
1896 … … … £20,818  0 0
When we considered the larger amount of expenditure which lay behind all this it was much more than Guernsey could afford.
2.—Licensing statistics.
The number of licensed houses was in:—
1894 … … … 124
1895 … … …  95
1896 … … … 109
1897 … … … 121
He did not know exactly what was moderate drinking but certainly thought that 121 houses was largely in excess of what was needed by that class of people.
On the 20th of November last ten licensed houses in St. Peter-Port had been watched between the hours of 9 and 10 p.m. with the following result:—
No. 1.—42 men, 7 women, 2 children had entered, 18 being intoxicated.
No. 2.—46 men, 7 women, 1 girl had entered, 46 being intoxicated.
No. 3.—37 men, 16 women, 4 children had entered, 2 being intoxicated.
No. 4.—65 men, 2 women, 1 boy, 1 girl had entered, none being intoxicated.
No. 5.—71 men, 22 women, 3 children had entered, 10 being intoxicated.
No. 6.—109 men, 12 women, 1 child had entered, 5 being intoxicated.
* No. 7.—63 men, 53 women, 9 children had entered, 10 being intoxicated.
* No. 8.—129 men, 28 women, 2 children had entered, 4 being intoxicated.
† No. 9.—164 men, 5 women, 2 children had entered, none being intoxicated.
No. 10.—167 men, 8 women, 0 children had entered, 8 being intoxicated.
Total—893 men, 160 women, 26 children had entered, 103 being intoxicated.
* From 8.30 to 9.30.
† A restaurant.
This result was in only ten out of 121 houses.
In connection with this result the speaker then read extracts from the Guernsey laws to the effect that severe penalties were threatened if the following regulations were infringed, viz.:—
1 No publican is allowed to give drink to an intoxicated person.
2 No publican is allowed to retail drink to any under 16.
3 Any publican who has a person intoxicated must see him safely home.
If we could only see the sorrows—the tears—the deteriorating influences behind all this we should all of us become raving fanatics eager to see the laws enforced. Let us arouse public interest by doing something. There are plenty of newspapers—bombard them with letters. There was a higher power than even the States or the British Parliament—let us besiege the throne of the King of kings, and move the hand that moves the world. Let us hold public meetings. The Royal Court consisted of men of probity, right thinking men, and he did not doubt that if they saw it to be the earnest wish of the people at large they would consent to materially lessen the number of licensed houses.
A collection was then taken up to defray expenses, after which Mr. Sackett proposed a hearty vote of thanks in the name of the Societies represented to the chairman, speakers, choir, etc., which was seconded by Mr. Geo. Hillman, supported by Mr. Le Messurier and unanimously adopted. The choir sang "God be with you till we meet again," the benediction was pronounced and the meeting dispersed.

The Star, Guernsey, 27 Jan 1900
I.O.G.T.
Esperanza Juvenile Temple.
The annual distribution of prizes to the members of the above temple took place at the Heronnière, St. Sampson's, on Wednesday evening. A ham and cake tea was provided to which 77 juveniles sat down and did ample justice, after which a public meeting was held, presided over by Bro. J. Sackett supported by Bro. R. D. Leak and Messrs. Hicks and Brown. Too much praise cannot be given to the children for the able manner in which they went through their long programme comprising songs, recitations, &c. As a little variation, Bro. Leak gave a brief address in which he urged them to remain firm to their pledge all through life, and hoped that employers or fellow-apprentices and workmates would not tempt them by asking them to fetch beer, &c., advising them in such a case to respectfully, but firmly say "No." At the conclusion of the programme Bro. Sackett expressed the great pleasure which the young people had given to the audience, not only by singing and reciting, but, as a most gratifying addition to that, their exemplary conduct during the evening, at the same time urging the parents who were present to help their children by setting them the example of total abstinence. The prizes were then distributed by Bro. Leak, each member of the Temple receiving a book, doll or toy, and, in addition, a bag of sweets. A few words by Sis. Thurstan and the Benediction brought to a close one of the happiest meetings ever held in the Heronnière. A noble work is being done here by the Superintendant, Sister Brehaut, and her coadjutors, which is already bringing forth fruit, although its full measure of success will only be realised in eternity when their work of faith and labour of love will receive its due reward.

The Star, Guernsey, 12 May 1900, p 2
I.O.G.T.
The members of the "De Lancey" choir paid the "Star of Hope" Lodge a friendly visit on Tuesday evening and gave us a most enjoyable entertainment. Sister Thurstan presided and expressed the pleasure it was to her to see such friendly relationship existing between the different branches of the same army all aiming at the one supreme object, viz: the removal of the drink curse. She also gave an impassioned appeal to all present who had not joined some Temperance organization to sign the pledge, and join the "Star of Hope" Lodge. The choir in admirable style carried out the following programme:—Chorus "Thee will I trust," choir; Solo "The Harbour Bell," Mr. Leech; Quartette "Tenderly pleading;" Solo "Moment by Moment," Miss Sebire; Duet "Calling for Thee," Misses Hall and Sebire; Solo "Jesus is my light and song," Mr. J. Carey; Quartette "I am He that liveth;" Solo "The Homeland Shore," Mr. Leech; Solo "The best Friend to have is Jesus," Miss Marquis. A collection was made during the evening the proceeds to go to the Fund being raised to send a few luxuries to our Good Templar brothers now at the front in South Africa. A very hearty vote of thanks proposed by Bro. Sackett and seconded by Sister Brehaut was carried by acclamation, after which the Benediction was pronounced and the meeting dispersed, having spent a very pleasant evening.—Communicated.

The Star, Guernsey, 11 Aug 1900, p 1
I.O.G.T.
The Grand Lodge of the Channel Islands held its annual session on Tuesday, August 7th, in the Prince of Wales' Room, Jersey. Prior to the regular business session a series of meetings were arranged for by the Reception Committee [… list of meetings not transcribed]
The first important business was the reading of the Officers' report.
Bro. J. Plymen, G.C.T., gave a most interesting report, showing at the outset that they were meeting in the room where 24 years ago the Grand Lodge received its Charter at the hands of Dr. Collenette. The report shewed that the temperance outlook was not at present promising, owing to the havoc created by the loosing of the dogs of war. Locally the cause had been kept to the fore. In Guernsey the temperance party had scored a decided triumph in defeating the Sunday Opening Bill, and all round the Order stood higher to-day than it had ever stood before in the estimation of the authorities. The report dealt fully and ably with the work done in both Guernsey and Jersey during the year, and concluded with an earnest and impressive expression of belief in the ultimate triumph of the cause.
The report was loudly applauded and was carried with enthusiasm.
[Reports of Sec., Treas., and Juvenile section not transcribed]
The next business was the election of officers, the result being as follows:—
[14 officers elected, including]
D.R.W.G.T.—Bro. J. Sackett (Guernsey).
With the exception of the chair all the offices were keenly fought, several ballots being necessary in most instances.
[Several paragraphs of other business not transcribed]
On Wednesday the members and visitors had a most enjoyable outing to Rozel Bay, where provision was made for the physical needs of the party in first class style.
The party re-assembled in the Pavilion at 8.30 when they were addressed by the distinguished visitors from other jurisdictions after which they returned home greatly delighted with the whole proceedings.

The Star, Guernsey, 18 Aug 1900, p 2
I.O.G.T.
The anniversary tea and entertainment of Sarnia's Pride Lodge, No. 38, was held on Wednesday evening last, in the Templar Hall, St. Sampson's.
[Several paragraphs not transcribed]
After speeches by Bro. Plymen, G.C.T., Bro. J. Carey, G. Chap, Bro. Sackett, D.R.W.G.T., Bro. Arnold, D.C.T., the meeting concluded and was declared one of the best entertainments ever given by the Good Templars in the Island. Among the visitors were Bro. Williams, P.G.C.T., of England, Bro. Plymen, G.C.T., Sis. Williams, G.V.T., and Bro. Arnold, D.C.T., and all District Lodge Officers.

The Star, Guernsey, 24 Nov 1900, p 2
Temperance Meeting at St. Sampson's.
A most successful meeting under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of the I.O.G.T. was held on Thursday evening in the new school-room, kindly lent by the Rev. R. Jones, who also ably presided over the meeting. The rev. gentleman was supported on the platform by the Rev. J. Gard, Bro. T. D. Bennett, G. Treas., M.J.I., of Jersey, Bro. J. Carey, G. Chap., Sister Williams, G.V.T., Bro. Sackett, D.R.W.G.T., Bro. Arnold, D.C.T., Bro. Brien, D.C., Bro. Ruse, D.D., and Sister Thurstan, President of the B.W.T.A.
After singing and prayer by the Rev. J. Gard, Miss Johnson gave a pianoforte selection, and the Chairman expressed his pleasure at being present, saying that he was at one with those who were trying in any way to uplift their fellow men.
Miss Stranger followed with a song entitled "Tit for Tat," after which the Rev. J. Gard was called on to address the meeting. He was glad to be in that room for the first time and especially to be under the presidency of the worthy rector, who was beloved by all classes and societies. While temperance workers had succeeded to a certain point, they had not done all they might have done, and he urged all societies to unite together with moral enthusiasm, and legislation was bound to follow. He graphically pointed out the evils of drink, and called on all present—both by personal and united effort—to work with heart and soul, taking care that in all such efforts they had God with them.
Miss A. Johnston then sang the "Flight of Ages," when Bro. Bennett of Jersey expressed the pleasure with which he had listened to the liberal words of the chairman and the enthusiastic address of the previous speaker. He had been asked to speak particularly on the "Gothenburg" system which was now occupying the attention of the legislature of both Islands. Previous to its introduction into Norway and Sweden these two countries were in a terrible condition—the statistics showing that 40 quarts of spirits were drunk per head per annum. This, deducting for women and children, gave about 100 qts. per man per annum. As a consequence one-third of the young men were physically unable to bear arms. Several remedies were tried—among others giving power of licensing to Town Councils. In Gothenburg a large Committee bought up all available licenses, taking all profits—the managers only receiving a certain amount as salary, but not sufficient to induce them to push trade. The system had not accomplished its object, as drunkenness had considerably increased, despite the fact that previous to its introduction policemen had received a bonus on all fines inflicted for drunkenness which was not the case under the Gothenburg system. The following figures are significant. In 1897 the convictions for drunkenness were as follows:—
In Aberdeen population 135,000 convictions 781
In Cardiff population 160,000 convictions 800
In Liverpool population 600,000 convictions 4,800
In Gothenburg population 116,000 convictions 4,040
In rural Sweden it was left to the people to say what licenses should be granted, and in 2,000 out of 2,400 parishes there were no drink shops at all. No matter who gets the profits, where drink is there will be drunkenness. As members of the I.O.G.T. they should pledge themselves not only to save the fallen but to save others from falling.
The collection was then taken, after which Bro. J. Carey spoke for a short time on behalf of the local lodges, and the Misses Johnson gave a pianoforte duet.
Bro. Sackett proposed, and Bro. Arnold seconded, a vote of thanks to all helpers. This was carried by acclamation, and the pronouncing of the Benediction closed a thoroughly enjoyable and successful meeting, in the wake of which others are to follow.

The Star, Guernsey, 1 Dec 1900
"Star of Hope Lodge," I.O.G.T.
This Lodge celebrated its eighth birthday on Tuesday evening last—when a public meeting was held at the Heronnière. Bro. J. Carey, C.T., presided, and gave a brief history of the Lodge from its commencement, showing that it had been and still is a power for good in the neighbourhood. Although eleven of its members left to start a new Lodge in St. Sampson's, it still holds its ground, and at the last Grand Lodge Session won the "gavel and block" given by the G.C.T. to the Lodge which reported the largest percentage of increase in membership for the year. After the introductory address of the C.T. the following programme was efficiently carried out:—
Song—"Spanish Cavalier" … Bro. Priaulx
Reading—"The pawnbroker's shop" … Sister Ellis
Song—"The Pilot" … Bro. Sackett
Song—"Star of Bethlehem" … Bro. Atkins (Juvenile Templar)
Reading—"Sam Weller's Valentine" … Bro. Carey
Rounds—"Anti-sherry" and "Three blind mice" … Bros. Carey, Sackett, Priaulx, Devitt
Song—"Homeward Bound" … Mrs. Atkins
Reading—"The bad shilling" … Bro. C. Devitt
Song—"Britannia" … Bro. Priaulx
Song—"Boys of Navy Blue" … Bro. Atkins
Laughing Chorus … Choir
Song—"give me back my heart again" … Mrs. Atkins
During the evening the officers of the Lodge received a birthday present in the form of a new set of Regalia; the newly formed choir made its first appearance in public, and a collection was taken on behalf of "Mission work" undertaken by the International Supreme Lodge—in various parts of the world—chiefly in South Africa. Altogether the Lodge had a very happy and pleasant "birthday" and received fresh impetus for future work.



Death of Mr. Jabez Sackett
A versatile personality passes away

A very worthy and versatile islander passed away at noon yesterday in the person of Mr. Jabez Sackett, who died at the advanced age of 84 after a very full and varied life's work, all completed worthily in every phase. Mr. Sackett was the son of the late Mr. Benjamin Sackett of Hythe, Kent, and became, like his father, a very acceptable local preacher. Of a studious disposition, his school studies were so well performed that he was sent to Westminster Training College, where he qualified for the scholastic profession. He was headmaster at various schools on the mainland, his last school being in Yorkshire. A proficient Greek scholar, he was able to give a masterly exposition both in class and in pulpit, and it is a remarkable fact that until two years ago he was a regular local preacher, having been appreciated in that capacity in the English Wesleyan Church for upwards of 60 years. Also he was an accomplished musician.
     Mr. Sackett came to Guernsey some 35 years ago at a time when he was in failing health. His first work was that of superintending a mission at Elim Chapel, and when that was discontinued he was employed by Mr. P. J. Ogier, now of Duval Lodge. Mr. Sackett has remained in the employ of the Ogier (Duvaux Farm) family for over 30 years, acting in various capacities, for, while he was a clerk, he certainly was of that virile type which do whatsoever their hands find to do helpfully about them. He was still at his work in November, when it became physically impossible for him to carry on any more with a work in which he always gave his utmost zeal and conscientious interest. His calligraphy throughout was like copper-plate.
     Mr. Sackett was a widower for upwards of nine years. He leaves five sons and four daughters, nine grandsons, 12 grand-daughters, two grandsons-in-law, and four great grandchildren: his immediate descendants being 48. The sons are Messrs. Alfred J., Frederick (Hull), Thomas E. (Manchester), George Y. (Hull), and William S. Sackett, and the daughters are Mrs. A. E. Frankish, of Hull, and Mesdames J. F. Marr, T. A. Gosselin, and T. J. Keyho, of Guernsey. The deceased gentleman was an uncle of the late Rev. Walter Sackett, and a brother of the late Rev. Benjamin Sackett, a Congregational Minister of London. Another brother was Mr. Jeremiah Sackett, who worked in the early days of the Manchester Mission with the Rev. S. F. Collier.
     The funeral is arranged to take place on Wednesday, to meet at St. Sampson's Wesleyan Chapel at 3 o'clock.

Guernsey Evening Press, 9 February 1925.


Mention of "Dr Tyson's Cure" seems to have quietly disappeared from the world's press in the early 1900s, going the way of other quack medicines of the period. In a court case in Australia in 1893 following the death of a patient, a government analyst testified that, of the two medicines comprising the cure, one was "composed chiefly of tincture of nux vomica, with strychnine and brucine to the extent of 1.1 per cent, and ½ an oz. or one tablespoonful of it would kill anyone", while the second bottle "contained a strong alcoholic tincture of a vegetable bitter, of no importance or medicinal value." It was not claimed that the medicine had caused the patient's death, it being acknowledged that, taken in the prescribed dosages—two drops from one bottle and four from the other—the medicine would not have been harmful. Rather, the case had been brought in order to expose the dubious business methods of the promoters. The Court found the case proved, that the promoters had sold a poison within the meaning of the act without labelling it as a poison. They were fined £5, with £10 10s costs. It was revealed during the hearing that the real commercial value of the medicines was 2s, while the price charged was more than a hundred times that, at £10 10s.
     The widespread reported success of the treatment is unexplained. The tests were, at least in the Guernsey case and presumably elsewhere, commissioned and monitored by persons of integrity and some standing in their community. Their reports may be taken at face value; they saw what they saw. One conclusion might be that the successes were the result of the placebo effect. The participants, by definition, were volunteers and they were seeking a solution to their drink problem. They wanted to get well. Newspaper reports explain that participants were questioned in detail about their drinking, and it is implied that they met as a group, each telling their story in the presence of the others. They were also to meet several times during the 21-day test period. If, as is assumed, the medicine was in itself of no effect, it may be that the successes reported were more the result of group therapy, whether used intentionally or, perhaps more likely, fortuitously.

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 Notes & Citations

  1. GRO Indexes to Births, 1837 to date, "Sep qtr 1840. Sackett, Jabez. Mother: Cooper. Elham. 05:156."
  2. Register of Deaths, Guernsey (Guernsey Greffe, Royal Court House), 36/514, "8 February 1925 12.30 p.m. Jabez Sackett, aged 84, s. Benjamin Sackett [mother's name not given], d. at Magnolia House, Les Amballes, St Peter Port. Occupation: schoolmaster."
  3. GRO Indexes to Marriages, 1837 to date (National Archives), "Sep qtr 1864. Sackett, Jabez. Elham."
  4. Marriages Register, Hythe, Kent (Bishop's Transcript), "5 July 1864 Jabez Sackett & Sarah Ann Young."
  5. Baptism, Hythe, Kent (England Births and Christenings, LDS FamilySearch), film 1786587, "12 Mar 1843, Sarah Ann Young, d. James Young & Sarah."
  6. Register of Deaths, Guernsey (Guernsey Greffe, Royal Court House), "15 July 1915 Sarah Anne Young, wife of Jabez Sackett, 72, father James Young, mother Sarah Smith, d. at Fairfield, Doyle Road, usual abode Doyle Road, b. Hythe, Kent." (f159/166).
  7. 1841 England census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Stade Street, St Leonard, Hythe, Kent
    Benjamin Sackett, 30, miller, b. Kent
    Mary Sackett, 30, b. Kent
    Benjamin Sackett, 7, b. Kent
    Jeremiah Sackett, 5, b. Kent
    Jabez Sackett, 10 Mo, b. Kent
    HO107; Piece 478; Book: 6; Civil Parish: St Leonard Hythe; County: Kent; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 34; Page: 20; Line: 10; GSU roll: 306873.
  8. 1851 Census for England & Wales, HO107/????[7]
    Hythe, Kent
    30 Slade St.
    Benjamin SACKETT, head, married, 39, miller, b. Kent, St. Lawrence
    Lucy SACKETT, wife, 49, laundress, b. Kent, Bethersden
    Benjamin SACKETT, son, 16, gardener's boy, b. Kent, Hythe
    Jeremiah SACKETT, son, 14, errand boy, b. Kent, Hythe
    Jebaz SACKETT, son, 10, errand boy, b. Kent, Hythe.
  9. 1861 Census for England & Wales, RG9/557/f25v
    7 H(o)lylands Ford, Rye
    Catherine Playford, head, married, 42, b. Aldington, Kent
    Anna Playford, dau, 9, b. Rye
    Emily Playford, dau, 7, b. Rye
    Mary Alice Playford, dau, 5, b. Rye
    Jabez Sackett, lodger, unm., 20, certificated schoolmaster, b. Hythe, Kent.
  10. 1871 England census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, RG10, piece1018, folio 18, p. 27, GSU roll 827265
    High Street, Elham, Kent
    Jabez Sackett, head, married, 30, schoolmaster, b. Hythe, Kent
    Sarah Sackett, wife, 27, b. Hythe, Kent
    Alfred J Sackett, son, 5, b. Rye, Sussex
    Lavinia Sackett, dau, 2, b. Woodchurch, Kent
    Annie Sackett, dau, 1, b. Woodchurch, Kent
    William Hambrook, assistant, unm, 18, assistant schoolmaster, b. Acrise, Kent
    George E Shuttleworth, boarder, 9, scholar, b. London
    Ebenezer Edwards, boarder, 12, scholar, b. Northiam, Sussex
    William Hunt, boarder, 10, scholar, b. Dymchurch, Kent
    George S Hunt, boarder, 9, scholar, b. Dymchurch, Kent
    Joseph Sillibourne, boarder, 13, scholar, b. Bilsington, Kent
    Kate Harden, servant, 16, domestic servant, b. Ham Street, Kent.
  11. 1881 Census for England & Wales, FHL 1342145, PRO RG11/4743/64/7
    North Gate, Walkington, York
    Jabez Sackett, head, married, 40, b. Hythe, Kent, schoolmaster
    Sarah A. Sackett, wife, 38, b. Hythe
    Lavinia Sackett, dau, 12, b. Woodchurch, Kent, scholar
    Annie Sackett, dau, 11, b. Woodchurch, scholar
    Frederick Sackett, son, 9, b. Elham, Kent, scholar
    Lillie Sackett, dau, 7, b. Waltham, Lincoln, scholar
    George Y. Sackett, son, 5, b. Waltham, scholar
    Thomas E. Sackett, son, 3, b. Walkington, York, scholar
    William S. Sackett, son, 1, b. Walkington
    Charlotte Clark, visitor, unmarried, 40, b. Rye, Sussex, teacher (sch).
  12. 1891 Census for England & Wales, 4 Collings Road, St Peter Port, Guernsey
    Jabez Sackett, married, 50, certificated schoolmaster (neither employed nor employer), b. Kent, England
    Thomas Sackett, son, 18 [sic: 13], grocer's assistant, b. Yorkshire, England.
  13. 1891 Census for England & Wales, RG12/3919/ED.21
    43 Paisley St., Newington, Sculcoates, W. Hull, Yorkshire
    Sarah Ann Sackett, head, married, 48, b. Hythe, Kent
    Lavinia Sackett, dau, unm., 22, dressmaker, b. Woodchurch, Kent
    Frederick Sackett, son, unm., 19, solicitor's clerk, b. Elham, Kent
    Lilie Sackett, dau, 17, dressmaker, b. Waltham, Lincolnshire
    George Y Sackett, 16, fire engine cleaner, b. Waltham
    William J Sackett, 11, scholar, b. Walkington, Yorkshire
    Laura Sackett, dau, 8, scholar, b. Walkington.
  14. 1901 Channel Islands census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, 5322/113
    Duveaux Lodge, St Sampson's, Guernsey
    Jabez SACKETT, head, M, 60, clerk, worker, b. England
    Sarah A SACKETT, wife, M, 58, b. England
    Thomas E SACKETT, son, S, 23, vinery foreman, worker, b. England
    William SACKETT, son, S, 21, agricultural labourer, worker, b. England
    Laura SACKETT, dau, S, 18, b. England.
  15. 1911 Channel Islands census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, 4 Albion Terrace, Vale Road, St Sampson's
    2 rooms
    Jabez Sackett, head, 70, married, grower's clerk, fruit growing, resident, b. Hythe, Kent, father b. Northwood, Kent
    Saran Ann Sackett, wife, 68, m. 46y, 10 ch., 9 living, b. Hythe, Kent, father b. Denton, Kent.
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