Yorkshire Evening Post (27/Mar/1907) - Little Suffragette Free

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The adventures of Dora Thewlis, the sixteen-year-old Huddersfield girl, who was arrested in connection with the riots before the Houses of parliament last Wednesday, have made her the most prominent of women suffragettes for the time being.

Since last Thursday she has been on remand in Holloway Gaol, the magistrate, Mr. Horace Smith, expressing the opinion that she ought to be at school, and adjourning the case while he communicated with her parents. It is alleged that she has been wearing prison clothes, and (though at the time both she and her parents were indignant at the suggestion that she was too young to suffer for “the cause”), it is said that she has, during her sojourn in prison, altered her mind and expressed a desire to get home again.

When the case was heard again this morning there were several prominent leaders of the movement in court including Mrs. Despard[1], Mrs. How Martyn[2] (hon. treasurer of the Women’s Social and Political Union), and Mr. Pethick Lawrence[3].

“The baby suffragette,” as she has been nicknamed, presented a very youthful appearance as she was led into the dock. She had doffed her prison garments, and was dressed in a light-coloured blouse, a blue skirt, and long brown shawl over her shoulders.

The proceedings were very brief. “I understand,” said the magistrate, “that you are willing to go home?”

“Yes, sir” answered the suffragette.

“You wish to be taken home?” — “Yes, sir.”

“Very well,” was the reply, “I will make arrangements for that to be done immediately.”

That was all, and Dora Thewlis left the court, Mrs. Desperd and Mrs. How Martyn following her.

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