Suffragettes February 21 1913

THE MORNING POST FEBRUARY 21 1913

THE MILITANTS

INCENDIARIES AT KEW GARDENS

TEA PAVILION BURNED DOWN TWO WOMEN ARRESTED

Another serious outrage, forming, there is unfortunately no reason to doubt, part of the militant campaigns of a section of the Suffragists, was carried out yesterday morning, when the well-known tea pavilion in Kew Gardens was destroyed by fire. The police believe that they have captured two at least of those concerned in the act of incendiarism. The name given by them are Lillian Lenton and Joyce Locke, and they were yesterday charged at Richmond Police Court with setting fire to the pavilion.

Ever since the breaking of the glass and the uprooting and destruction of the plants in the orchid houses nearly a fortnight ago extra precautions have been taken at the Gardens to protect their valuable contents from damage. Special care was directed to watching the safety of Kew Cottage, which many Royal and other interesting associations, and the Office of Works had reluctantly to close it against the public some time ago lest harm should be done within it by militant Suffragists. There is no question that the persons concerned in the attempt on the orchid houses had made their way from the direction of the Mid-Surrey golf course or the sports grounds that adjoin the Gardens at the Richmond end, and the police had exercised extreme vigilance at that part.


For details of the trial at the pavilion go to:~

THE MORNING POST MARCH 8 1913 ………….  The outrage at Kew Gardens – Sentence on Olive Wharry


THE MILITANTS

MRS PANKHURST ARRESTED

THE WALTON HEATH OUTRAGE

Mrs. Pankhurst was visited yesterday at her flat in Knightsbridge by Superintendent Quin, chief of the Special Service Branch of Scotland Yard, and Chief-Inspector McBriene, also of Scotland Yard, and conveyed by them in a taxi cab to Mr. Quin`s office. There a warrant issued by the Surrey authorities was executed by Mr. McBriene, Mrs. Pankhurst being formally arrested. She was handed over at once to Inspector Coleman, from Dorking, and by him was taken to Leatherhead Police Station, where she will spend the night. She will be brought up this morning at a special sitting of the Epsom Petty Sessional Court, and, it is understood, will be charged, and, after formal evidence has been given will be remanded.

The arrest was made by the instruction of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the charge is founded on Section 51 of the Malicious injuries to Property Act, 1861, quoted in the MorningPost on Saturday. Mrs Pankhurst is charged with “having on the 19 February, 1913, feloniously, unlawfully, and maliciously counseled and procured certain persons, whose name are unknown, to feloniously, unlawfully, and maliciously place in a certain building, to wit, a building situate at Walton Heath, in the county of Surrey, certain gunpowder and explosive substances with intent thereby to damage the said building contrary to the Malicious Injuries to Property Act, 1861.” Mrs Pankhurst took her arrest very quietly, but did not seem to anticipate that the charge would concern the Walton Heath outrage.

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