Daily Mail (25/Mar/1907) - The Girl Suffragist

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When Dora Thewlis, aged seventeen, the little factory operative from Huddersfield who demonstrated outside the House of Commons last week with the other seventy arrested Suffragettes comes before the Westminster magistrate on Wednesday upon remand, Mr. Horace Smith will find, apparently, that his sympathy and indignation have been wasted.

The magistrate, it will be recalled, spoke to the girl in the dock, whose shawl-covered head just appeared above the ledge, somewhat feelingly: "You are only a child; you ought to be in school. Will you go home again? I think it was perfectly disgraceful — and the circumstances reflect the gravest discredit on all concerned — bringing you up to London. I shall remand you for a week and write to your parents, and I hope I shall see them on Wednesday."

The magistrate seems to have written in due course to her mother a kindly and admonitory letter, pointing out the risks of London, and offering to send the girl home again on Wednesday, when her fare would be paid out of the poor box.

Indignation is the feeling aroused in the parents of Dora Thewlis by Mr. Horace Smith's communication.

"We have brought her up in Socialistic and Progressive beliefs," said the mother. "She and I were the first Huddersfield people to assist Mrs. Pankhurst in the recent by-election."

Mr. Thewlis said: "She has written asking me to ask the magistrate to give her the same sentence as the others have received." The father intends to comply with her wish.