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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 20, 1912, Image 9

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London, March 20. Miss Hel
en Pitfield, one of the leading mil
itant suffragettes, was sentenced
today to six months' imprison
ment at hard labon She admit
ted trying to burn, tip one of the
branch post offices.
The Heavy sentence did not
dampen .Miss Pitfield's ardor.
She insisted that she. would re
peat her offense, and warned the
government that unless woman
' -was given the ballot scenes that
would overshadow all previous
demonstrations were certain.
"I suffer' for the freedom of
.women," she cried as she was led
from the prisoners' dock.
Local suffragists todaydedar
ed they Had Jittle sympathy with
the tactics of Miss Pitfield
"Conditions may be different
in England,-' than they are here,"
said Mrs. - Catherine Waugh
McCulloch, suffrage leader. "But
I ,do not think, such disorderly
measures are as helpful as our
plan. We are relying solely on a
campaign of education, and will
try to show byarguments and
not bricks that we are entitled to
the ballot."
While waiting for the decision
of Judge Windes this afternoon
on the .presidential preference
primary, the women were goings
actively ahead with their cam
paign to secure indorsement by
the voters of women suffrage. It
was expected that should Judge
Windes hand down an adverse
decision it would carry with itf
disbarment from the ballots at
the primary of the equal rights
o o
New YdrkMarch 20. "After
I became used to prison life J
promised God that for sparing
my" life I would do something to
make it better. All my spare
time I studied English. I also
studied stenography, and can use
a typewriter pretty good.
"I watched the matron and the
ladies-who visited the prison, and
I learned much from them. I
learned housekeeping and to do
embroidery. I thae tried to make
a complete woman of myself."
Mrs. Antoinette Tolla, three
times in the shadow of the gal
lows erected in-the jail yard at
Hackensack, N. J., spoke the
above words today as she walked
from a train which had just
brought her fro;n New York.
Six years ago Antoinette Tolla
killed Josepn Sontarea. She
was sentenced to be hanged. 'Or
ganizations became interested in
the case of the woman. It was
shown that she killed Sontarea
because he had tried to debauch
her and win her from her hus
band. Antoinette loved her husband
and her habies. They were an
average Italian family. She
could not move to escape the at
tentions of heY persecutor. Then,
the woman chose the easiest an)
primitive way. She killed Son
tarea. Now, after sixvyears in the pen-

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