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"GERMAN VICTORY WOULD BE DESPERATE
LOSS FOR CAUSE OF WOMEN OF THE WORLD"
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
New York. Gristabel Pankhurst,
Maid Militant of England, has arrived
in the United States to begin a lecture
tour which will take her to Boston,
Washington, Cleveland, Chicago and
points still undetermined further
She slipped into New York under
Hhe alias of Margaret McDonald, the
name by which she figured on the
passenger list of the Re.d Star, liner
"Finland," which brought her across
the Atlantic and did not thrown
aside her incognito until she reached
the headquarters of Mrs. 0. H. P.
Belmont, whose guest she is.
Nobody on board ship suspected
Cristabel's real identity, and when
I saw and talked with her on her ar
rival I was not astonished that her
face had proved so perfect a disguise.
Think about what she is a young
woman prbscribed by her govern
ment for1 violent law breaking, thrice
imprisoned in England and till the
outbreak of the war an involuntary
exile in France, a militant mob leader,
and the chosen queen of London
You can think about it because
you haven't seen CristabeL Having
seen and talked with her all I can do
is to quote apopular song, "I don't
know what to call her, but she's
mighty like a rose!"
Slender with brown hair, and a
complexion of flaming rose she looks
like a rural vicar's daughter till you
note the fixed expression of the eyes.
Then you think of Joan of Arc!
When I saw her, Miss Pankhurst
wore a dark tailor-made suit, just
dowdy enough to proclaim her a
daughter of Albion and a black vel
vet hat, either too large or too small
to be fashionable.
"I am going to speak in New York
on Oct. 24, and after that I intend to
visit your other large cities, but my
plans are not yet definite.
"The women of England are with
the men heart and soul in the war.
As you perhaps know I returned to
London from Paris, running the risk
of arrest, to call for recruits to our
"The militants have ceased all their
activities against the government and
the same hands that slashed great
paintings or poured acid in mail
boxes are now tearing bandages or
knitting socks for the soldiers.
"We feel that England's national
ity is at stake and so we have declar
ed a truce with the government. We
are for the war as much as the men
are, and if necessary we will fight
"I believe that a German victory
would be a desperate defeat for the
cause of woman throughout the
world! The kaiser has defined his
ideal womanhood, limited the horizon
of German women to his famous
three K's Kirche, Kochen and Kin
der (church, cooking and children)
and that ideal is intolerable to the
free-born women of the English race!
"English women are not so free as
you in America, of course, but we
have more liberty than any other wo
mea in Europe.