[The Church Times, at this time concerned about the
possibility of civil war in Ireland if the Home Rule Bill were
passed, nevertheless seized the chance to strike a lighter
THE Orangemen of Ulster have occupied public attention for a
long time, and now it is the turn of the Orangewomen of Drury-lane.
Ever since the Restoration period women have been permitted to sell
oranges in or around the Drury-lane Theatre, but, owing to the
congestion of traffic in these crowded days, they have been
threatened with dismissal. It was not to be supposed that, with so
long a tradition behind them, the orange-sellers would tamely
surrender what they had come to consider a right, and accordingly
they presented themselves the other day before the Home Secretary.
Mr McKenna, we are glad to say, took the history of their industry
into consideration, and removed the ban, but reserved to himself
the power to reduce their number if it should be found necessary.
For their own sakes, in the first place, we are pleased that they
have made good their cause; and we are pleased, also for the reason
that we are allowed to retain this relic of the life of that older
London which is vanishing year by year under our very eyes.
Orangemen are objectionable people, but they have their rights.
Long, therefore, may the Orangewomen haunt Drury-lane and the
Orangemen continue under the Union Jack.
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