2 DECEMBER 1911, Page 19

A striking demonstration was held on Wednesday night at the

Albert Hall to protest against the inclusion of domestic servants in the Insurance Bill. The meeting is described by the Times correspondent as "an astonishing manifestation"; for in addition to the ten thousand people inside the hall "thousands upon thousands of respectable girls, unable to gain admission, stood patiently in long queues outside the building hoping in vain that by some lucky chance they might enter in and join with their comrades in the great protest." The large majority of those present appear to have been domestic servants, and nearly all of them women. The meeting was presided over by the Dowager Lady Desart, and a resolution was passed almost unanimously to the effect that the meeting protested against the clauses in the Insurance Bill affecting domestic service "because the enormous classes concerned have never been consulted, and by an overwhelming majority are opposed to the inclusion of servants in this BilL" We have dealt with the demonstration elsewhere, and will only say here that it is absurd to argue that it was "a mere put-up job."