Manuscript/Mixed Material Alice Paul Describes Force Feeding

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*eing Fed Through Nostrils | Is Described by Alice Paul, I Young American Suffragette
Inventor of Hunger Strike Tells How British
Prison Physicians Keep Life in Women
Who Won't Eat or Wear Clothes.
Uondou. JJec. '.).�Miss Alice Paul, of Philadelphia, the suffragette who was arrested November 9th and sentenced to a. mouth's hard, labor for her share in the suffragette , demonstration at the Lord Mayor's, banquet, at the Guildhall, was released Jiolloway jail this morning on. Ihe completion of her thirty days. She left 1 ho prison in a cab. ac-ipanied by i wo wardresses, and went e home of friends. A doctor was ediafcly called to attend her there, owing to her weakened condition.
Miss Paul, who was Ihe inventor of gthe suffragettes' "hunger strike'1 and | practiced it during her latest term in ', 5Jail, was cheerful, and said she did not i-ctrrel- her con,)ijei. and was prepared lo re:-'!'�l ii .-�gain ii: .necessary. She said
(.�orres).on,-i(\.! a slat'-m'-m.: by a fi;icud. On previous "'on'-ielions. Miss Paul! was able h. gain hei- freedom by refusing to ear. 1'iii !"''' i:i'-i it-:s were futile lids time. Miss I.'auJ. said she. wits the �rand-dau:.'ht''f of a New Jersey judge, and a master of aris of ;..he T'niversity of:
; Pennsylvania. She had done a great, deal �)(' settlement work during the last
! lour years, and came to London in September. .HK.iy. to study economies. After saying that sin.' was first struck by the contrasl between the academic interest in woinati suffrage in America and the lively characier of Ihe movement here. Miss Paui l"ld ibis story of her prison life.
"i practiced a. hunger strike until November :l Mb. After thai date Ihey fed me twice ;.: day !iy I'orce. excejit. on one day when i was ion ill to lie lonehed. 1 have no eomphiivils against the llolloway oflicials. I s|ient ihe whole bed, because T refused 10 wear prison clothes.
Ea "Twice the tube came through my mouth and 1 got it between, my teeth. iMy mouth was then pried open with an instrument. S.oi.uetimes they tied me to a chair with sheets. Once J managed ' '�� �-���� iviy hands ii.'is-e :ni(l snatched the I ''"": �-. t<-;;rhitr ;i w i .�.!-. 1.1 iv fei-Mi. 1 also , j broke a. jug, but .1 didn't give in." i Miss .Paul lives alone in !.o>;;!<>!i. Her friend told me with great gusto how Miss l'aul had eluded the vigilanee of the police at the Lord Mayor's banquet. It. seems she and Miss Amelia I?rown. her partner in the escapade, dressed as charwomen, went |o the ("Juildhall at 9 o'clock in Ihe morning. Kvery time they met anyone they asked the way to the kitchen. They had many hairbreadth escapes, and mice; seeing a policeman close at. Viand, they knell dnwn to escape j notice. In the dark the policeman actual- j ly put his cape on them. .Finally they .succeeded in getting to the gallery overlooking Ihe banqueting hall, where they shrieked and threw stones through a stained glass window.
Miss L-iicy I'ums, the other American suffragetle. is following'' Winston ISpeu-cer Churchill around the country, making it as warm as-possible .for the President: of the Board of Trade. 1

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Alice Paul Describes Force Feeding
Created / Published
London, England, Dec-09
Subject Headings
-  England-suffragists
-  suffrage strategies
-  Holloway Jail, London
-  hunger strike
-  Paul, Alice (1885-1977)
-  force feeding
-  Burns, Lucy
-  Churchill, Winston
-  Brown, Amelia
-  Clippings
-  Alice Paul describes her disruption of Lord Mayor's banquet and subsequent force feeding after hunger strike in Holloway jail. She refused to wear prison clothes or to work, so spent the month in bed
Call Number/Physical Location
JK1881 .N357 sec. XVI, no. 3-9 NAWSA Coll
series: Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911; Scrapbook 8 (1909-1910)
Source Collection
Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
Rare Book And Special Collections Division
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