THE MORNING POST DECEMBER 15 1913
THE MILITANT SUFFRAGISTS
DEMONSTRATION AT THE OPERA
DISTURBANCE DURING ROYAL VISIT
The visit of the King and Queen to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on Saturday evening to witness a performance of “Joan of Arc” was made the occasion of a demonstration by militant Suffragists. During the interval between the first and second acts three women in evening dress attempted to make speeches from a box which they occupied alone facing the Royal box. They also hung out a banner bearing the words: “Women are being tortured in your Majesty’s prisons.” They were promptly ejected from the theatre by a number of attendants before they had spoken many words. At the same time a woman in the gallery threw a number of Suffragist leaflets into the orchestra stalls. She also was removed from the theatre. No arrests were made. The women in the box, apparently addressed their remarks to his Majesty, and one of them was heard to refer to Mrs. Pankhurst’s re-arrest and to the “torture inflicted upon women” by the order of the Government. With the exception of a few words, however, their voices were inaudible in the uproar which followed, the audience instantly beginning to show in an emphatic manner their disapproval of the Suffragists’ behaviour. Barely a minute elapsed from the displaying of the banner until the ejection of the women, and the performance afterwards proceeded without disturbance.