I thought we might have a bit more of Blatchford’s – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ from The Clarion 4 July 1896. He’s responding the Swiftsure’s optimistic claims. Winnie is his daughter Winifred.
This is from The Clarion, 4 July 1896. Dangle was of course A M Thompson – a co-founder and virtual joint editor of the paper and also a librettist of a number of successful musicals of the Edwardian period, the most famous of which – and biggest hit – was The Arcadians. Blatchford himself –as Nunquam – had a longer piece – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ in the same issue responding to Swiftsure’s comments. The mudguards which moved with the front wheel sounds a whole lot more dangerous to me!
One of the more exotic headings for the ‘Cycle Trifle’ feature from The Clarion 17 September 1898.
I think I may have used this extract from 6 August 1898 edition of The Clarion before. But if I can’t remember the chances are that you won’t either!
The Cinderella Clubs don’t need any introduction; they’ve appeared quite often in these extracts. Dr Richard Pankhurst was a barrister (his doctorate was a LL D), He was an early supporter and legal advisor to Lydia Becker and the early women’s suffrage movement in the 1860s. He married the subsequently much more famous Emmeline in 1878. He was twice a candidate for the ILP and a lifelong inspiration his most radical daughter, Sylvia, who named her son after him. Sadly, the latter, with whom I edited a book on Sylvia in the 1990s, died earlier this year. In spite of all this I was unaware of the Pankhursts’ Clarion Cycling Club connections. Have a look at Sheila Hanlon’s website www.sheilahanlon.com and click on The Pankhursts.