The others included
They made their stone-throwing disturbance on a Saturday. The initial charges against
were assault, wilful damage, and disorderly behaviour in public. Of the cells she wrote: Who could have believed that in the central police station of a place like Newcastle they could be so dirty?
Four women were tried that day and sentenced to imprisonment in the third division
, with hard labour.
On the Sunday all eleven women signed a letter to the Times
from Newcastle Central Police Station
setting out their intention to go on hunger strike, thus offering the government four alternatives, viz. to release them, inflict violence on their bodies by force-feeding, let them die, or give women the vote. On the Monday morning (by which time
's identity was known), she and
were again sentenced to prison with the option of being bound over; the rest were sentenced to prison with hard labour.
Lytton found the prison regime more humane than at Holloway, and the matron was a covert supporter of the suffrage.
On the Wednesday evening,
and Brailsford were singled out for release on medical grounds. (Brailsford had had a medical check before undertaking this action; she may have received special treatment out of respect for her
, a journalist and publicly declared suffragist.)
They had not been force fed, though they had eaten nothing during the two and a half days. The Times
reported: They spoke appreciatively of the kindness with which they had been treated . . . . They were both weak and excited.