A Suffragist Outrage - 1914
My friend Sam loves his local History and is a much more dedicated researcher than I am, so I will leave the preamble to this story to him. As you can see below, Sam wasn't kidding when he says the scan of the original story is difficult to read, so I have typed it out again below the picture of the scan.
The book 'Home Fires' mentioned an
attempt in April 1914 by militant suffragettes to burn Bangor railway
station. I looked up the Spectator in the British Newspaper Archive and
got the short article attached. It can be read, with care! It
mentions Edward Carson, who was against women's suffrage at the time.
ANOTHER SUFFRAGIST OUTRAGE
ATTEMPT TO BURN
BANGOR RAILWAY STATION
An attempt, evidently by Suffragists, to burn the Belfast
and County Down Railway Station was discovered at about 2:30am Tuesday morning
by the night watchman at the station.
His attention was attracted by the reflection of a light in one of the
station windows and on going to investigate he found a candle burning is a
wooden box in which there was a quantity of cotton wool, saturated with paraffin. The box was situated between the newly built
lavatory and the station, and from it a trail of wool soaked in paraffin led to
a miscellaneous collection of inflammable materials stacked against the main
structure. The woodwork of the station in
the vicinity was thoroughly soaked with oil, and there was a large quantity of
sugar, firelighters, marches, candles, and a bucket containing tar, together
with some firelighters lying about. The
watchman immediately extinguished the flame and appraised the police of the
occurrence. Had he arrived a few minutes
later nothing could have saved the building which is largely composed of wood,
as a strong northerly wind was blowing at the time.
The perpetrators of the outrage had evidently made elaborate
preparations, and as usual left a number of messages behind them. Fastened to the steps of the signal cabin
were four sheets of paper bearing the following inscriptions: “Voices for women,”
“Lets have fail play,” “Millitant men go free why imprison women,” Apply to Carson
for damage by arson,” and “A message to Carson froma fighter for liberty.”
District inspector Shankey is actively investigating the
occurrence, but up to the present no arrests have been made. The outrage caused a profound sensation in
the district, even in Suffragist circles.