LIVERPOOL, Aug. 24, 1909 (UP) - Seven emaciated suffragettes appeared before a magistrate Tuesday to answer to the charge of disturbing a meeting presided over by War Secretary Haldane.
Since their imprisonment a week ago the suffragettes followed their custom of declaring a hunger strike and refusing to eat the prison fare.
One of the women was so weak that she fainted while being taken to court. The magistrate expressed his sorrow at the self-inflicted punishment, and pleaded with them to partake of food at once, promising to adjourn court if they would.
One of the women, acting as spokesman, refused the offer. The women offered no defense and were sentenced to prison terms of from one or two months. It is probable that the sentences will be suspended and the women released to prevent their starving to death.