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Caersws Petty Sessions.

Votes for Women.


Votes for Women. SUFFRAGETTES AT NEWTOWN. Mrs Cleeves presided over a public meet- ing at the Public Hall on Monday night, held under the auspices of the Women's Freedom League. The audience completely filled the hall, and many failed to obtain admission. Miss Sidley, in the course of her speech, said that some people told them they wished to have a revolution when they asked that women should be politically on the same terms as men. They were told it was the first step to revelution but it was the mid- dle step to evolution. Perhaps some of them could remember the time when women if they could read and write were thought to be educated enough. One of the first women who entered a Scottish University was stoned because she claimed proper education. Women who wished to become doctors received similar treatment. Jane Austin had to write her novels in the se- crecy of her bedroom. It was their duty to make greater freedom for their daughters, and greater opportunities for living in this world, so that their daughters might look back and say that they worked and did not stand idle in their homes. They were out to-day to demand equal legislation. She wanted the men to be true to the women, and use their power to see that women had votes. They could not have a democratic government unless women were included in the democracy. The Government gave no pledge that women should go in and take their share in Parliamentary work. The Government said democracy implied that the will of the people shall prevail. How could they know the will of the people un- less by representation ? The feminine class of the community had no representation in Parliament, and they declared that the time had long passed when they should have been enfranchised. "For the last thirty years they had had a majority of members in. the House of Commons to support the women's bill, and Mr Asquith had refused to allow the House of Commons to have its way. When the Bill passed the second reading by a majority of 179, the Prime Minister refused to allow it to go through. He had not had many of his own Govern- ment measures passed by bigger majorities. Women had no power to say whether the House of Lords should be abolished or not. She would say to Mr Asquith, Remove the mote out of your own eye before you try to remove it out of somebody else's." Mr Winston Churchill had also turned traitor to the Women's Bill. As he said about Liberalism, so they would also say they de- manded equal rights. If they really cared about equal rights, they would only be too glad to give to their own women the same rights that they had taken for themselves. The women did not want to take up their militant methods again, but they would do so if Mr Asquith persisted in his present ways. Supposing the Conservative Govern- ment should be returned to power-though she did not think it was possible at that hour of the day-they would say, Will you give us a clear and definite promise to en- franchise women ? If they did not, they would work against the Conservatives also. They were a non-party organisation, and were not supporting any political party, as they were from all ranks. Mrs Despard said it was the first time for her to address a Newtown audience. The Welsh women were famous for their per- sistency. The Goverment had said that women's affairs might wait. Women were tired of waiting. They said, Wait until these great questions are settled, and then we will see what we can do for you." She hoped that the Welsh people were abso- lutely determined that they should be a free people. There was a, great deal of talk about democracy. This country was not a democratic country at all. They were gov- erned by the Cabinet. It was the women who manned the army and navy, because it was their boys who went into the army and navy. When they went to present a petition signed by hundreds of working people, they were arrested and put into prison, but they had made the world know they were in earnest. She wanted to stir up a great enthusiasm. If the men wished for a great change in the world, so did the women. Somebody had said that if women got votes, the Liberal party would go out into the wilderness for forty years. The women did not care a rap about party or person. They were tired of compromise. She was not asking them to vote against the Liberals as Liberals, but against the pres- ent Government. She used to be a Radical, but she was not one now. A modern Radical was not the same as he was some time ago. He had not been true to his principles.

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