Wednesday, February 09, 2011

25Feb1878, A Ducking in the Serpentine

LONDON, February 25th–March 3rd,1878.
—On getting back to London we heard how the "Peace meeting" in Hyde Park, a very foolish, hot-headed performance of Auberon Herbert's and Bradlaugh's, called together on a Sunday as if on purpose to exclude all the respectable mass of working-men, had turned out the failure that might have been expected. A counter war mob was got up which swept off the other, and Mr. Herbert narrowly escaped a ducking in the Serpentine, and a squad of roughs went off on their own account, and smashed 2 of Uncle W.'s windows.

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