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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 22, 1912, Image 8

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London, May 22. Frederick
Pethick Lawrence, barrister, and
his wife, joint editors of Votes
for Women, and Mrs.. Emmeline
Pankhurst, today were sentenced
to nine months in the peniten
, tiary without hard labor.
The charge -against them was
conspiracy in connection with the
great suffragette window smash
in gcampaign of the beginning of
the year.
The three leaders df the mili
tant suffragettes never expected
to be convicted. When the jury
brought in the verdict of guilty
with a recommendation of mer
cy," Mrs. Pankhurst covered her
face, with her hands.
"God help us ; our cause is just !"
she cried.
Lawrence defended himself,
.his wife, and Mrs. Pankhurst.
s His chief point was an attack
6n the motives of the government
for prosecuting them under the
penal code.
All three of the defendants con
sidered their offenses of a politi
cal nature, and wished to stand
trial as political prisoners.
Mrs. Pankhurst made an im
passioned speech in the court.
She protested against trial before
a male magistrate and jury when
thd right of suffrage was denied
her and her associates.
The crown prosecutor demand
ed conviction. He said that thfe
crown had shown that the three
defendants were largely respon
sible for the window smashing
would no longer be safe, in the
United Kingdpm unless the de
fendants were, made examples of.
When the jury retired, Mr. and
Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Pank
hurst were smiling. They were
quite sure of acquittal.
I he suffragette leaders prob
ably will be taken to dreary Dart
moor prison to serve their nine
months' sentence.
Cristobal Pankhurst, daughter
of Mrs. Pankhurst, was jointly
charged with the others at the
time the indictments were drawn.
She either went into hiding or
fled the country. The authorities
have been unable to find her.
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Dr. Harry F. Ward oi Oak Park,
111., secretary of the Methodist
federation of social
service, is the most
prominent figure in
the movement to
have the Methodist
church, through its
conference, go on
re"cbrd for union
William Geisler,
Mount Penn. Pa..
started to take a nap while calling
on his best girl. She scolded him
and he broke the engagement;
now she has sued Jiim for $5,000
breach of promise damages.
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