D H Lawrence
The writer was in Croydon
during one election day:
"It is election, voting day on Monday.
There are great crowds
surging through the streets,
there is a searchlight
wandering overhead through the darkness.
There are suffragettes
in thousands and tens of thousands,
the place is strident with voices and placards,
rustling with leaflets and pamphlets.
I was in the mad grip of the crowd
before the suffragettes.
If you had felt the surge,
the vicious rush
of one solid mass of men
towards the car
where two women were alone!
'If men cannot control themselves',
said one of them,
'it is time women had some power to control them'"