“I went on to Mrs S.S then and spent an hour with her. She had had a very impudent letter from Dillon that morning, counselling her to avoid politics & confine herself to her private affairs or she might be arrested again, & “her next adventure might be her last”. She was partly amused & partly insulted at it. He did a good deal to help her when she was arrested, but he appears to have lost what mind he ever had.”
“It appears that a woman can get 6 months now for communicating disease to a soldier or sailor, under regulation 40 D of DORA, & the soldier’s mere word is enough to convict her unless she is willing to be examined to prove that she is not diseased. Also her name is always published whether she is proved innocent or guilty, & the soldier’s name is never published.”
They gave me some instructions about the stalls, Women Delegates’ vegetable stall & the shirts etc. Mrs Ginnell was in the W.D. stall first next door to the shirts – & then Miss Barton, whom I like better. There was a big dolls’ house on the counter, made & furnished by Grace Plunkett, & this was a great attraction; every day I was there my principal work was opening the front of it for people to look in.”
They went over the Constitution then & passed it as it stood on the book, & Emer sent a note back to me, asking me to ask on what franchise wd the Constituent Assembly be elected, as the English one parliamentary one wd exclude women & clergy. Griffith answered that plainly”.
“They talked about the Convention that was coming off at the end of the month, & the necessity that it should declare unmistakeably for a republic, and the danger of Griffith’s non-republicanism & autocratic spirit; & the extreme trouble they had in forcing a woman onto the executive against the will of Griffith & Milroy etc”