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everywhere admitted to be a com
Hunger striking still opens the
gates of Holloway prison to starving
and tortured women and the protests
of England's "furies" rise to heaven
in the flames of"herburning houses
and are written with the sword upon
her treasures of art.
Even Asquith, the great cat, admits
that the mice have been TOO clever
Finesse having failed, masculine
England now reverts naturally to
force. She has armed the guardians
of her historic mansions "with guns
and with bulldogs. And from all over
the country comes the cry of the baf
"Let them die!"
Even the clergy joins in it! Inter
viewed on the subject by the Evening
Standard, Father Bernard Vaughan
"There would be nothing ethically
wrong in letting them die. Let them
start at once and make up for lost
That is what the pagan emperors
said about the saints and martyrs of
your church, Father Vaughan!
That is what Nero said when the
downward pointing of the imperial
thumb gave the signal of death for
the early Christians!
But Christianity lived!
Said the Rev. Richard Free: "I
thfnfr the suggestion very good. I
have advocated it for many months!"
I am not an advocate of Mrs. Pank
hurst. I am not a believer in the pol
icy of winning votes for women by
violence. But I think that if even one
woman is allowed to die in a British
jail, her death will mark the greatest
victory of militancy.
Militant suffragism is merely the
protest of Engliswomen the nerves
and the soul of a nation that today is
soulless because of the degradation
of the more spiritual sex against the
smug superiority, the complacent
criminality of England's men!
To prove this point I quote from a
speech delivered in the House of
Lords on May 5 by the Lord Bishop
"Women, after all, are a lawabid
ing sex. There is only one woman
in prison to every eight men at pres
ent. If women have taken to overt
acts of rebellion, it is not only just,
but it is wise and statesmanlike to
consider the reasons which have led
them to do so. In doing this to the
best of my ability I am forced to the
conclusion that beyond all this agita
tion and unrest there is a real and a
deepseated sense of injustice.
"There is a profound indignation
against, for example, the trivial sen
tences imposed on men guilty of the
worst possible offenses against little
.children. The militancy is not the
way to win recognition of these facts
we shall all admit, but we are bound
also to consider the motive which lies
Women who UNDERSTAND such
underlying causes of militancy have
known FOR YEARS that the so
called "furies" are the product of lax
and unjust laws that they are WOM
AN'S protest against divorce laws
which grant the man his freedom for
adultery, but require that the wife
prove cruelty as well!
They know that they mark the re
volt of the feminine soul against a
masculine civilization which sen
tences the despoiler of a little child's
innocence to three weeks in the
workhouse and sends the petty thief
of mere property to prison for TEN
THE OFFICIAL 0. K.
queen of hearts, she
some tarts that is, some baby
The food inspector came around to
see if she used dyes.
He found no glucose in those pies
reposing on the shelf;
He was so sure they were pure he
ate a few himself.
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