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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 27, 1912, Image 5

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AMERICAN GIRL TELLS OF HER EXPERIENCE IN A
BRITISH P,RISON
Copyright, 1912, By The United
Press Associations.
London, April 27. The kind
ofi treatment handed out to the
suffragettes found guiltyf rioting-
at the February demonstra
tion in London was told Mday to
the people of the United States
hy Miss Alice -M. Wright.
Miss Wright is the daughter of
a wealthy merchant of Albany,
N. Y. She is a graduate of Smith
college.
For long Miss" Wright was one
of the society belles of Albany.
Then she decided a woman ought
todo something else in the world
besides look pretty and flirt with
men,
She went to Paris and studied"
art. As a sculptor she became
well known, almost famous in the
world of art.
When the Asquith ministry,
early in February, broke all the
promises it had ,made to the
Women, of Great Britain, and the
, militant suffragettes arranged
for a 'great demonstration, Miss
,Wright volunteered to do what
she could forthe cause of wom
en." , '
She crossed'from Paris to Lon
ddn, anL marched through the
streets of London with the suff
ragettes. Then came the wholesale break
ing of the windows of the great
department stores,, and the ar
rest of more than one ; hundred
suffragettes
Among them wer,e Mrs, Emme
line Pankhurst, head of the mili-
V
MSki,, ;,-w jctefefa f, ' -, sk!
tant organization, and Mr. and
iMrs. Frederick Pethick Lawr
ence, joint editors of "votes for
women", and Miss Wright, Am
erican. Miss-Wright was found, guilty
of disturbing the peace, and sen
tenced to two months in Hpllo
way prison, darkest and gloom
Test of London jails.
Mrs. Pankhurst and Mrs. Lawr
ence are to be tried on conspi
racy charges, on which they may
be sentenced to seven years in the
penitentiafy at hard labor. '
Here is the story of her expe
riencesMiss Wright prepared for x
the United Press:
BY ALICE M. WRIGHT,
Albany, N. Y.
During all the time I was in
Hofloway prison I was' refused
permission to communicate with
anyone outside the jail. 4
April V9, 1 was allowed to write
to my mother. But I was not
permitted to mail the letter I
wrote until I wascfreed from the
prison Thursday.
While I was wofking" at my
profession in Paris pn March 2, J
read that the militant suffragettes
were breaking windows to show
their .feeling over the shameful
wayin which the premier and his
cabinet had violated their duties
and refused to permit parliament
even to. consider the questjon of
equal suffrage.
I hurried to London and vol
unteered my services. My mo
tives are easily explained. ,1 sim-
pro-
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