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MR HOWELL M.P., AND THE LADY S UEFRAGETTE. THE MEMBER FOR FL!NT BOROUGHS IN AN AWKWARD SITUATION. To Mr Howell Idris, M.P., the member for the Flint Boroug'lw, belongs the distinction of having been the rnean.s-,clultc innocently enough too-of introducing to the House of Commons for tho first time a Lady suftr a" e te. 'llw facts are as follows: About a quarter to eight the woman, who was plainly dressed, and about 30 years of age, got in- totlic Central Hall of the Houses of Parlia- ment, by stating to the police that she wanted to see a member of Parliament- Neither her appearance nor her manner excited suspicion- The police gave her one of the cards ob alll- able at the House of Commons by anyone .bus situated, and she filled cut the card in the usual manner and addressed to Mr Idris. The only Mr Idris in the is Air Tho- mas Howell Williams Idris, the Liberal mem- ber for the Flint Boroughs, who is chairman of Idris and Co., a mcmb r of the London County Council since its foundation, and anex- Mavor of St. Paneras. This gentleman was at the tisne dining in the lIoti.se with a friend, and in ouo course tho card was handed to him by one of the attendants. Mr Idris happened to know the lady as the married daughter of Mr Robert Williams, an architect fortwriy connected w.:th the London Counta" Council, and now professionally engaged at Cairo. DASH THROUGH THE DOOR. Mr Idris, in a spirit of »:lf-denial and gal- lantry, left his dinner and went to see the lady. He was aware that she entertained rather ad- vanced political views, and was, in fact, pri- vate secretary to Mr Keir Hardie, but he had no conception him-jelf that she was a militant Suli'rcigii.t. On meeting her m the C n rd Hall, after an exchange of salutations, he ask- ed what he could do for her. She replied that she wou-kl be obliged if he could just let her peep into the House, as she was interes ed in the Children Bill, then under discussion- Still with no suspicion excited, Mr Idris escort d the lady into the Lobby, and, in accordance with the privileges of a member of Parliament, obtained the permission of tho doorkeeper to conduct her to the glass door of the debating chamber itself. As moist visitors to the House of Commons are aware-, at the left-hand side of the door is what is known as the through which ladies. by a.scending a step, are accis- tomed to obtain a full view of meinb rs in actual deliberation. After an interval Mr Idris helped Mrs Travers Symons to descend, bit, instead of accompanying him ba- k into the Lobby, as he expected, she suddenly das': ed at the door, and in a twinkling darted up the floci« of the House, exclaiming excitedly, "Dr p your talk about the Children's Dil, and five us Votes tor Woiyipn." She only reached the Bar. In tie midst of the uproar an attendant named Haskell rushed towards the woman, caught her up bodily, and carried her into the Lobby, where, as already described, she was hajidod over to the police. She was collared by a couide of constables, and lustily shouting' "Votes fo.r Women," was pushed through the Central flall and deposited bevond the pre- cincts in Old Palace Yard, where she d'san- pea,re-d by mingling' with the crowd. About ten o'clock Mr Idris received the following I t- t--r 10, Clifford's Inn. Fleet-street, E.C., Oct. 13, 1903. Dear Mr Idrls -My action this evening must have surprised you. It surprised me. I had no intention d calling1 you out. What I did was on the spur of the moment, and it -would not have occurred to me to call you out had I not known of your enthusiasm in the women s cause. If I have caused yo i any annoyance I am sorry, and can only rerxat that, so far as you are concerned, what I did was entirely unpremeditated.—Yours verv sincerely. MARGARET TRAVERS SYMONS. T. H. W. Iùri-, Esq., M.P. It is extremely probable, after what has o-- -curred. that restrictions will be placed bv the authorities upon the admission of ladies to the inner Lobby.



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