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"When my father

[Herbert Asquith] was going to unveil Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's memorial at Stirling," Violet Bonham-Carter recalled, "we were in an open car. Detectives were behind and before but they were no good, and suddenly our car was brought to a stop by two suffragettes who leaped out from the hedges, lying on the road in front of it so that we could only advance over their bodies. Meanwhile a posse of others sprang upon each step of the car and lashed us over the head with dog whips and shook enormous pepper pots in our faces, such as you would see in a pantomime. However we were unscathed because he had on a top hat, which was very good protective covering, and I probably had on one of those vast hats which protect one to some extent."

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