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Sir A. Conan Doyle on the Outrages

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Sir A. Conan Doyle on the Outrages is an article published in The Times on 29 april 1913.

Report of a meeting of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave a speech about this topic.

Sir A. Conan Doyle on the Outrages

The Times (29 april 1913, p. 10)

At Tunbridge Wells last night a crowded meeting was held, under the auspices of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage, to protest against the hurtling of the pavilion at the Nevill athletic ground, supposed to be the work of Suffragists. Sporting and athletic clubs in the town co-operated in the protest.

Colonel A. T. Simpson, who was in the chair, said they were met to denounce, as indignantly as they could the action of a certain small section of the community who sought to gain their ends by violating the law.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said it was necessary, to differentiate between the honest constitutional Suffragist, the female hooligans, and the even more contemptible class of people who supplied the latter with money to carry not their malicious monkey tricks. There was only one thing to add to their mean actions, and that was to blow up a blind man and his dog. He believed that two years ago they might have had a chance of getting the vote, but now they would not get it in a generation. Some of them had lived to see their ideals shattered, but, they could still proudly boast that they had some of the best women in the world.

Miss Gladys Pott moved a resolution directed against the outrages, and it was enthusiastically carried.

A resolution was also adopted in which indignation was expressed at the failure of the Government to maintain law and order, and demanding that immediate steps should be taken to make the funds of the militant suffragists liable for all damage caused by their destruction of property.