Manchester Courier (25/Mar/1907) - The Girl Suffragette

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Mr. and Mrs. Thewlis, of Huddersfield, mother of the seventeen-year-old suffragette who was among the seventy-six arrested last week, are indignant at the remarks of Mr. Horace Smith concerning their daughter. They believe she is quite capable of caring for herself.

"We have brought her up in Socialistic and progressive beliefs," said Mrs. Thewlis, "and she thoroughly understands the cause for which she is suffering. Ever since she was seven she has been a diligent reader of the newspapers, and can hold her own in a debate on politics. She and I were the first Huddersfield people to assist Mrs. Pankhurst in the recent bye-election." Mrs. Thewlis added that she travelled to Manchester with her daughter and placed her in the care of the officials. She was just as much protected as the child of the richest lady in London. The magistrate had no cause for saying that she was turned adrift on the streets.

Tax on Prison Accommodation.

The successive raids of the suffragettes put the authorities in a serious difficulty as regards prison accommodation, and on Saturday seventy female convicts were removed from Holloway to Aylesbury in order to make room for the suffragettes who refused to pay their fines.