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GOV, PERCY COULDN'T MAKE EM WEAR SKIRTS '
Inhambane, East Africa, Sept
16. The prime minister df Great
Britain may not be able to deal
with the suffragettes of England,
but, by golly, the suffragettes of
this country can deal with British
A few weeks ago, Governor
Percy Reginald Forsythe nice
'name, isn't it? issued a procla
mation that in the future all wo
men must wear skirts under pain
It ought to be mentioned that
the popular feminine costume in
these parts was and is going to
be a few beads and other nick
knacks of that sort.
- A howl of indignation went up
from the dusky maidens of East
Africa when Gov. Percy's procla
mation .was made public several
howls, in fact. "
And then they held a meeting
regular Suffragette affair, in
which the talk was all about "our
rights" and the personal charac
ter of the governor.
They formed a parade a skirt
less parade,j and .marched to,4he.
governor's house, and smashed
alL the windows in the approved!
suffragette manner, as originated!
in London, lj
The governor stuffed pillows in?
the "windows, and issued a new;
proclamation, -which said the wo
met only needed to wear skirtsh
orfthe streets. ?
The governor's secretary car-
ried this glad mews to the maidens;
of East Africa and now the gov-
ernor's secretary is in the hospi-
tal recovering,jsaid maidens hav-
ing bounced flacks off the place!
where the goi?s secretary was;
falsely supposed to keep his
The anti-sSrtettes then parad-
ed throughjthe- town, singing a
campaign ong" which told the
men theycould look the other
way, if thy didn't like 'em with-
When the parade didn't haVe"
the desired effect,1 and Governor
Pjercy insisted on being obstm-'
ate, those dusky maidens tookan-
other tack, and hit the white folk
right in Ihe stomach. , - -(
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