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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 27, 1912, Image 6

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test ' ""agamst -tae dfstionorat
treatment of the women's de
mands. Our cause is more than
national it isunivetsal.
We began our American pro
test against taxation without rep
resentation with tea. It "seemed
reasonable for us to begin with
glass in England.
On March 4, accompanied by
.two-suffragette companions, wno
were a"rmed with hammers and
stones, I went to the Kensington
postofficev
They broke the windows -there.
I had a stone, but I did not use it.
I merely carried it to show my
protest against the existing con
ditions. I did not wish to destroy
British property because I myself
was not a British subject.
I was arraigned in court and
sentenced. With eighteen others,
I was takento Hblloway prison
in the Black" Maria; the' prison
van. On the way we sang 'the
suffragette song; to the tune,oftfie
Marseillaise.
We were hurried into our cells,
We cquld talk "jvith each other
after that only by making paper
megaphones, and talking through
the gratings.pf the windows.
In accordance with an agree
ment with the other women, I did
only the briefest daily exercises
the first week, and refused either
to attend chapel or, to work No
great effort was made to force us
to do anything.
Later I;with others.,. did some
light wprk, such as sewing and
knitting. One-sixth of my sen
tence was commuted that way.
I made an American flagicom
-,,
?aZZWA' "KiF7 Y
iFmv handkerchief!' T cot the red
striping by using dye from a book
cover, and the blue field from
parts of my clothing.
I put only six stars in the cor
ner of the flag instead of the usual
foEty-eight. That was one for
each of the "suffrage states
Utah' Colorado, Wyoming,
Idaho, Washington and Califor
nia. r
One of the prisonmatrorts saw
the flag, and confiscated it I did
not get,it back when I,left,
The-officials of the prison were
considerate as far as, they could
be arithperform their duties. Nat
urally there ate prison rules im
posed by a tyrannical government
that cannot be set aside by the"
officials. J :
.IJut in many cases they wink
ed at the hard laborv classes in
sentences, and did not stop suffra
gettes (who had mohey sending
out for food and sharingthat food
with their friends whohad been
condemned to' rigid prison discip
line and prison fare. - '
I think the reason of thiswas
that the officials were fraid of a
demonstration. (
The general hunger strike was"
shared in by evferyuffragette in
t;he prison. It was declared for
the purpose of protesting against
the government's refusal to 'rec
ognize, us as political prisoners.
On the second afternoon of he
hunger strike the forcible feeding
began. ' -
The prison doctor marked me
down for forcible feeding. But
fortunately for me the govern
ment made concessions and the
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