Disoderly scenes by militant suffragettes in St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday culminated in a free fight between the women and the vergers who tried to eject them.
Before the morning service began two women on the steps of the cathedral started to address the worshippers as they entered the building. They were removed struggling to Bridewell Police Station, where they were charged with assaulting the police. Subsequently they were liberated on bail.
Afterwards disorder was created by other suffragettes inside the cathedral. A psalm had just begun when a body of women rose and began to chant. The vergers requested them to leave, but the women expostulated and tried to beat off the men.
In a short space of time there was almost uproar in the cathedral.
“You call this the house of God, and you won’t let us pray!” shouted the women. “Disgraceful!” and “I won’t be handled by a man!” were other cries.
No sooner were the women ejected but another batch got up and the same scenes were enacted again. After they were ejected still another lot rose, and again there was the same fight and disturbance.
Finally, the police were called in, and helped to remove the brawlers. The disorderly scene lasted nearly half an hour, the clergy proceeding during this time with the service.
Old master in a false
Identified as the Madonna and Child of Pinturiccihio, which disappeared recently from the Church of St Maria Maggiore at Spello, Italy, a picture found concealed under a false bottom in a trunk at Charing Cross railway station was handed over to the Italian Consul in London for removal to Italy.
A Customs deposit ticket relating to some article left at Charing Cross is said to have been found on one of four men arrested by the Italian Government on suspicion of being concerned in the theft of the picture.