NPG 968 (2b)

 

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A typed report by C.J. Holmes, dated 18 July 1914, in which he gives details of the incident.
  Typed report

held her tightly until the Sergeant of Police arrived. The cleaver fell to the ground in the struggle and the woman's hand which was cut by the glass began to bleed. Miss Mimpriss, a student copying on the opposite side of the room witnessed the scene and gave similar evidence.

The prisoner was taken to Vine Street Police Station by the Sergeant and Attendant Wilson, and I followed to make the formal charge, taking Miss Payne and MIss Mimpriss with me as witnesses. As the woman left the gallery she turned to me and said "A protest against the re-arrest of Mrs. Pankhurst". I have no recollection of the word "vindictive" which the woman mentioned when charged at Bow Street.

While waiting at Vine Street I had the opportunity of asking Attendant Wilson about the matter. He stated that he recognised the woman as a person he had noticed yesterday and whom, from the closeness from which she then examined the pictures, he had taken to be American. This view he altered when she appeared on Friday morning, as he thought no American would have paid the 6d. entrance fee twice over. He therefore followed her to the door of Room XXVI - where he was on duty - and by which he was standing when he heard the crash of glass round the corner. He ran up at once, threw his arms over the woman's head and pressed her arms tightly by her side, holding her until help arrived.

At two o'clock I went to Bow Street to attend the hearing before the magistrate. The only discrepancy in the evidence then given was whether the prisoner had used the cleaver with one or with both hands: Miss Payne was positive that she used two hands, prisoner stated that she used only one hand. At 5 o'clock in the afternoon I examined the damage done to the picture with Mr. F. Haines; his report on the whole was as fav-