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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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100 YEARS AGO:

The Penzance mystery was still continuing and The Cornishman published the following from the News Of The World:

Suspicions have arisen as to the manner in which a farmer named Jilbert met his death at Penzance and a sensation has been caused in the Home Office.

It has ordered the exhumation of Jilbert's body, which was found in the sea a fortnight ago and as it was then believed that he had been drowned from the pier a verdict in accordance with the circumstances was returned.

However suspicion has been raised through two women spending their money lavishly. It has also transpired that Jilbert had 40 sovereigns on him on the day of his disappearance but no money was found in the pockets when the body was picked up. The women have been under surveillance for several days as their situation in life did not permit such lavish spending of money.

The local police know nothing of the above.

50 YEARS AGO:

There was concern that Scillonians needing a filling or a tooth extracted might have to make the 42-mile trip to Penzance and that this may be the case if the islands' only dentist, Mr B Fairest, resigns. This is because of the council's decision to increase the rent from £104 to £260. Mr Fairest's income is slightly less than half of that of a mainland dentist but he said he hoped some compromise could be reached because he and his wife loved the islands.

10 YEARS AGO:

There was standing room only at a special meeting that was called to discuss serious flooding in Crowlas.

The village has been hit twice in the past two weeks, leaving many residents, who were at the Ludgvan Parish Council meeting, concerned and angry that it should be flooded in quick succession. Residents said the main road had turned into a river.

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