This is the first I’ve noted any tax resistance from the women’s suffrage
movement in Germany, though for all I know, this is just because I don’t read
German. This note comes from the Northampton Mercury:
Passive Resistance in Hamburg.
The women’s rights movement has taken a fresh development in Hamburg. Several
of the prominent lady leaders of the movement have announced their intention
of refusing to pay communal taxes unless the full rights of citizenship are
granted them. One lady’s goods have just been seized for the taxes which she
refuses to pay, and the matter will now come before the law courts.
We perceive in the Welshman of last week a proposition to present
a piece of plate to the reporter of the Times, for
his conduct in setting before the public the many grievances under which the
farmers in the disturbed districts laboured, and for the fearless and
independent manner in which he furnished to the important journal of which he
is the representative, the proceedings which have taken place. We are given to
understand that the gentleman about to be so complimented is Mr. J.G. Powell,
of Bristol, to whose exertions and conduct during the whole of the unfortunate
disturbances, we are proud to bear our most unqualified approbation and
On the toll-gate situated
between Bettws Gwerfil Goch and the Holyhead Road, called the Mardy gate,
within five miles of Corwen, in the parish of Llangwm, in the county of
Denbigh, belonging to the Bala trust, was entirely taken away, the posts
parted with a saw, and a note put under the door, informing the toll-keeper
that the breach was committed by Sister Rebecca, with a caution against
placing another in that neighbourhood.
A surgeon who resides at Crickhowell, Breconshire, had to visit a patient at
Tre-tower, a distance of three miles. It cost him
tolls for his horse and gig, his fee for attendance being only
6d. — Correspondent of Morning Chronicle.
Special Commission in Cardiff.
It is generally reported in circles likely to be well informed on the subject,
that directly after the sittings in the present term, a Special Commission
will be held again in this town, for the trial of the Rebecca prisoners at
present confined in Carmarthen gaol. — Cardiff Advertiser.
Final Examination and Committal of Twenty-six Rebeccaites.
The following is the result of the apprehension of the Rebeccaites for pulling
down the gates and destroying the toll houses at Parkymorfa and Fishguard,
Pembrokeshire, on . They were examined
before Hugh Owen Owen, Esq.,
Vice Lieutenant of the County, and a full Bench of Magistrates, at Fishguard. — William Owen (the Lady Rebecca), James Gwynne, and Thomas Gwynne, were
committed to the next Assizes, but were held to bail, themselves in
100l. each, and two
sureties in 50l.
each; and the remaining twenty-three in
50l. each, and two
sureties in 25l.
each. — The excitement in the town was very great, particularly as regarded
the informants, Thomas Williams and wife, who were obliged to be guarded night
and day from the Barracks to the Commercial Inn, where the Magistrates
sat. — They have since been removed to the gaol at Haverfordwest, as a place
of security. — The prisoners were confined in the Market-house, surrounded by
a treble guard of marines. The Commercial Inn was also strongly guarded during
the time the Magistrates were sitting. — New gates have been erected at
Scleddy, Fishguard, and Penymorfa; and it is believed, that the exertions of
police-men and magistrates, resulting in a committal of so many of the
Rebeccaites, will effectually prevent any further destruction of gates in this