Suffragist souls
ducked in the lake

The thousands of people who had gathered on Saturday in the grounds of Sir William Vestey’s house at Denmark Hill to listen to a speech by Mr Lloyd George found a short and summary method of dealing with Suffragist interrupters.

The thousands of people who had gathered on Saturday in the grounds of Sir William Vestey’s house at Denmark Hill to listen to a speech by Mr Lloyd George found a short and summary method of dealing with Suffragist interrupters.

They dumped them in the lake - the male interrupters at any rate.

After a woman, the first to interrupt, had been roughly handled and thrust out of the grounds with her clothes in rags, a fair-haired young man began to shout.

He was promptly gagged with a handkerchief. Fighting and struggling wildly, he was hustled down the lawn towards the lake. The crowd overpowered the stewards, seized the offender, frog-marched him to the brink of the water and threw him in. He clutched a boat, and after repeated attempts to regain the bank, during which he suffered further duckings, he was allowed to land and to walk out of the grounds.

A clergyman was the next victim.

Before he finished his protest his collar was grabbed, and the crowd shouted, “To the pond with him!” He also was frog-marched. Though he fought stoutly at the water’s edge, he was eventually overcome and ducked like the other man.

A man jumped into the water and attempted the duck the clergyman again. There followed a fight in the water, while the crowd cheered and shouted. After a few rounds the combatants clambered ashore.

Blood streamed down the clergyman’s face as he left the grounds.

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Beauty vs brains

Four well-known ladies, each of whom has earned a great reputation as a writer, were recently asked the question: which would you rather be - clever or beautiful?

The first said: “Beautiful - because by the mere lifting of the eyes a beautiful woman can order all the world to her feet.”

“Beautiful - because beauty’s mantle is larger than charity’s,” replied the second. “It covers social mistakes, ignorance, and any amount of stupidity.”

Here is the third lady’s response: “Beautiful - because fame, fortune, adulation, lovely gifts, social prominence, all come to the woman who is fair of face.”

Number four said: “Beautiful - for beauty is gold to a woman. A clever woman’s fame may not come to her until she is dead, but beauty gets a tribute now; even heads that have won the laurel of fame turn away from the clever woman to do homage to one who is beautiful.”