Manchester Courier (28/Mar/1907) - Miss Thewlis Free

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At Westminster Police Court yesterday Miss Dora Thewlis, aged 16, of Huddersfield, the young suffragette whose case has caused a good deal of comment, was brought up on remand charged with disorderly conduct. Last week Mr. Horace Smith, the Magistrate, offered to discharge her if she would go home, but she indignantly refused, and was thereupon remanded. Miss Thewlis stepped into the dock wearing a shawl over her head.

The Magistrate: I understand you are willing to go home?

Miss Thewlis (eagerly): Yes, sir.

The Magistrate: You wish to go home? — Yes, sir.

The Magistrate: Then I will make arrangements for that to be done immediately.

Miss Thewlis appeared to be quite elated at the decision of the Court.

Miss Thewlis was then removed from the Court, and Mrs. Despard[1] and Mrs. How Martyn[2] immediately endeavoured to follow her but were prevented. Subsequently they sent a note to the Magistrate asking, as they were responsible to Mrs Thewlis for her daughter's safety, to be allowed to see her or to be officially informed of the arrangements that had been made for her return home. No answer was received to this communication. The greatest secrecy was observed in the departure of Miss Thewlis.

Miss Thewlis Goes Home.

Having left her hat. and cloak at the offices of the Women's Social and Political Union, the wardress purchased for the girl a kind of motor cap with money taken from the poor-box. The wardress and her charge missed the half-past one train for Huddersfield, and they had accordingly to wait till two o’clock. The wardress attempted to prevent anyone from conversing with Miss Thewlis, and shook her fist at the photographers who had followed from Westminster. However, Mrs. How Martyn succeeded in having a short conversation with Miss Thewlis and expressed her approbation of what she had done. The girl, who seemed perfectly happy and contented, said she "was going on with it worse than ever in Huddersfield." The wardress and the girl found, on entering the carriage, that the women suffragists had thoughtfully sent, a supply of sandwiches and chocolates for their refreshment.

Blackpool Girl Satisfied.

Miss Anne Evelyn Armstrong, the seventeen-year-old suffragist from Blackpool, whose father died while she was under remand in London, is Lot going to join the cause again. She was allowed to go home by the Westminster Magistrate. In conversation with a London "Evening News" reporter yesterday, her mother denied that the girl, after her father's funeral, would again agitate for votes for women. Mrs. Armstrong added that her daughter had never worked in a mill, and that she went to school till she was fourteen.

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