May 9th, 1913.
A fire had severely
damaged St Catherine's, Hatcham, on 6 May. The Vicar, the Revd H.
J. H. Truscott, had been reported in the press as voicing
suspicions about arson, possibly by suffragettes. On the Wednesday,
the Bishop of London, Dr Winnington-Ingram, had given thanks to God
for the deliverance of St Paul's Cathedral from a suspected bomb.
"We say in our own way, in the human way, that it was only by an
accident that the lever was by mistake turned to the right instead
of to the left, or the chancel would have been a wreck
THERE is good reason for
believing that the destruction of St Catherine's Church, Hatcham,
on Tuesday was the work of Suffragist fanatics. It is less certain
whether the intention of the deluded creatures who placed what
appeared to be a bomb in St Paul's Cathedral was to injure the
building, or merely to scare the authorities with a sham bomb.
Either way, it as an abominable thing to do, for, if merely a hoax
was attempted, it shows how far a section of the Suffragists has
departed from the standard of common decency. No place is sacred in
their eyes. Not content with wrecking public and private property,
they must profane the House of God. The Home Secretary has done
something to atone for the way in which, until lately, he failed to
exercise the strong arm of the law for the repression of disorder.
Now that he is displaying some vigour, he finds that the powers of
mischief have waxed violent beyond the ordinary resources of the
law to restrain them. But he has only to ask for augmented
authority and it will be willingly granted him by consent of the
nation. This state of continued outrages cannot be allowed to last
if the resources of the State are, as we believe them to be,