Sheffield Daily Telegraph (27/Mar/1907) - "Baby Suffragette"

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Under the rigour of prison life, Miss Dora Thewlis, the seventeen-year-old Suffragette termed the “baby Suffragette,” may be compelled to strike her colours.

“Little Miss Dora,” as she is described, went to prison a merry-hearted, bright-eyed, and high-spirited girl, but the “Daily Chronicle” says her pale and haggard face now tells of sleepless nights, and a systematic rejection of food during her incarceration has left her a physical wreck. Above all, a terrible loneliness — for she was isolated from her colleagues — has proved an intolerable strain upon her powers of resistance.

Mrs. Pethick Lawrence[1] remarked to a “Daily Chronicle” representative yesterday: “My visit this afternoon cheered her up, as she told me it was the first visitor she had had. It was unkind of us, she thought, not to have seen her before. But we have found it most difficult to get permits. This morning, as it happened, I received a conjoint letter from Dora’s father and mother, in which they regretted that no one had yet been able to see their child, ending with the appeal that I would “look after Dora as you would your own daughter. If you see her you will confer a great favour on your brother and sister in the cause of justice.” I immediately telephoned to the Governor of Holloway and put the matter as strongly as I could, and so obtained the necessary permit.”

Discussing the possible attitude of the young prisoner, Mrs. Lawrence said: “My opinion is that the girl's treatment in prison was a deliberate attempt to break her spirit. The very fact that she was refused to see visitors after having been told she should see them had a depressing effect upon her, and, although she took no food, she never saw the doctor. The treatment which was meant to be kind has been extremely harsh.”

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