Wednesday 14th July continued

The Governor has just been with the old matron. He has not yet heard from Gladstone. I saw Christabel at first but she went to a window higher up and I could not see her but I could hear. We’ve just been talking to Jessie Kenny and Mrs May and Mrs Tuke at the window opposite. I ate 4 potatoes for dinner but the suet pudding ………….

I’ve been to sleep for a short time after dinner. Then Mrs Leigh came and we spent the afternoon talking to her. A Magistrate has been to see Miss Spring, one of those who were about to try us for mutiny. He told her he knew we were right but that he would have to punish us.

We were all taken down separately. My bag and hat were taken from me by six wardresses. I told the Magistrates I was not sorry for breaking the windows and would do the same again if I got the chance and that I did not intend to comply with any 2nd division rules and so was sentenced to 7 days close confinement and brought down here to this  cell with nothing in it except a block of wood fixed to the wall for a chair and a plank bed and pillows, unbreakable opaque windows and double iron doors.

God help me to stick it.

I can hear the others singing, thank goodness. They brought in a pint of cocoa and a pint of the usual bread. Hunger strike commences.

The drum and fife band is coming at 8 o’clock. I wonder if we shall hear it. We seem to be buried alive. They brought me a mattress and bedding. I asked for water but they said all the water was off and we could not have any. However, a little later they brought me a pint. No water to wash with. I’m in bed. Miss Spring is on the left side of me and Miss Carwin on the right.

I could hear the band very faintly in the distance. It cheered us up a bit. I got in my combis stockings and underbodice and all my other belongings under the pillows.

What joy to feel sleep coming over me.


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