THE MORNING POST APRIL 5 1913
MRS PANKHURST`S SENTENCE
A CAMPAIGN OF REVENGE
BOMB EXPLOSION AND ARSON
The sentence of three years’ penal servitude on Mrs. Pankhurst has been followed by the opening of a campaign of revenge. Four outrages are attributed to the militant Suffragists, while it is strongly suspected that the fourth may also be laid to their charge.
On Thursday night Suffragists entered the City Art Gallery at Manchester, and broke the glass of thirteen pictures, damaging a number of the best-known works of art in the gallery. The damage is estimated at over £4,000. Three arrests have been made.
A bomb was placed in a lavatory at Oxted Railway Station on Thursday night, and exploded, wrecking a portion of the station. Fortunately, however, the building did not catch fire.
On Thursday night an explosion occurred in an empty stationary train at Davenport, near Stockport, and a carriage was wrecked. In this case it is not clear that the outrage was the work of the militants.
Yesterday afternoon an empty country house at Chorley Wood was destroyed by fire. The damage is estimated at £2,500. There is no clue to the incendiary.
This renewal of militancy was anticipated by the police authorities, who some time ago had taken all the precautions possible, and had issued warnings to those whose property was likely to be attacked. Information in the possession of the police led them to notify the railway companies a few weeks ago that isolated stations were to be singled out for incendiarism. The railway companies are now arranging for as few stations as possible to be left unguarded at night. The attention of owners of empty property and of builders has also been called to the risks run when houses are left without a watchman, especially in lonely neighbourhoods.
What has made the task of the police and other authorities difficult is that the women concerned are well to do, and that the executive can act through others who are paid for their services. The funds of the organisation are understood to be in Paris, and the report is current among those engaged in the movement that if Mrs. Pankhurst is released on ticket of leave, as will almost certainly be the case, she will join her daughter in the French capital and conduct the campaign from there.
The Midland Railway Company were notified on Thursday night that some large railway station was in danger, and the Metropolitan Police were advised.