NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
14th June, 1913 : Thousands of suffragettes said a last, sad farewell today to the woman they regard as their martyred heroine – Emily Davison, who died from injuries received when she fell under the King’s horse at the Derby ten days ago, was laid to rest in the family vault in Morpeth, beneath a purple cloth which was inscribed by her mother “Welcome the Northumbrian hunger striker”. It marked the end of a day of mourning which, at its heigh, saw a vast procession move slowly across London watched by tens of thousands more. With ten bands playing funeral music and a dozen clergy at its head the procession moved slowly from Victoria to King’s Cross Station, uniting in grief women of all ages and all classes. Miss Davison, aged 40 and an English graduate, died six days ago in hospital.
Her rash and daring act of protest, when she dived under the rails and dashed into the path of the horses, was the last in a series which led to her imprisonment and force-feeding on numerous occasions. Both rider and horse were brought down by her act. The jockey is now recovering from his injuries. The horse appears unharmed.
[It seems that the feminism was showing its true self even at its beginnings. Ms Davison appears to be the usual selfish, attention seeking, and almost brainless female, who could not care less that her stunt could kill or injure a man and his horse. As for the feminism today –