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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 03, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14',
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good color and curves by practicing
this exercise and at the same time
contract the muscles of legs or arms
and hands while holding a full
breath. Never attempt it with the
lungs empty. '
HOW IT FEELS TO BE FORCIBLY FED TOLD BY
WOMAN PUT THROUGH OPERATION 250 TIMES
militant suffragist, who was forcibly
fed 250 times in England.
For the first time in history a wom
an has been forcibly fed in jail in the
United States in an effort to break a
hunger strike. Mrs. Ethel Byrne of
New York, sentenced to 30 days at
the Blackwell's island jail for dis
tribution of birth control informa
tion, and pardoned by Gov. Whitman
Thursday, was fed by force after she
refused to eat for five days.
Miss Marion says hunger strikes
and forcibly feeding she experienced
in English jails have greatly impair
ed her life. -She has been exiled from
England because she is of German
descent and is earning her living in
New York working as a domestic ser
vant. "I cannot think how human beings,
especially those who call themselves
civilized, can resort to forcible feed
ing," said Miss, Marion.
And the practice will do no good.
It has never succeeded. Women
who hunger strike always have to
"I was forcibly fed 232 times in a
period of 14 weeks' imprisonment in
England? I had four imprisonments
with forcible feeding and two hunger
strikes in addition.
"At first the doctors and ward
resses forced me into a sitting posi
tion in a chair for the feeding. Later
on they forced me down upon a bed.
In the feeding the victim resists, but
"When one is helpless, the doctors
force a nasal tube through the nose
until it reaches the stomach, which,
of course, is a most horrible opera
tiop. Vomiting and retching begin at
"But when the tube is forced down
into the stomach, they pour food
New York, Feb. 3. "Forcible
feeding is the'most hellish torture to
which a human could bsubjected,"
says Kitty Marion, exiled English