Anne Matilda Clarke Arniel
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The Following Submitted by Eileen Truesdell
She married William John Arniel Oct 5, 1885 in Kingston. William was son of Thomas Arniel & Mary.
William Arniel and Anne Matilda Clarke had children:
William Melville Arniel born June 9, 1891 Bapt June 18, 1891 St Mary's Godparents Charles Mea & Nellie Mahoney.
Eva Marion Arniel born July 25, 1894 Bapt Aug 14, 1894 and again on Oct 4, 1894 Godparents Rev John L Kehoe & Mary Clarke.
Thomas James Arniel born July 3, 1897 bapt. Aug 4, 1897 Godparents John J. Behan & Louise Mahoney.
Edward Joseph Arniel born Oct 19, 1899 or before .
Taken from "A Legacy from Delaware Women"
1917 - Delaware women in the famous White House Picket Line for Women's Suffrage were Annie Arneil, Naomi Barrett, Catherine Boyle, Mary E. Brown, Sallie Topkis Ginns, Florence Bayard Hilles, Annie J. Magee and Mabel Vernon.
The Delmarvia Star Nov. 11, 1917
WHITE HOUSE PICKET
BROKEN IN HEALTH
Mrs. Annie M. Arniel Recuperates
Here After 63 Days Sentence
In Washington Workhouse
In January instant, I went down to picket and have picketed four or five hours a day at the White House. We picketed about five months before our first arrest took place in June. With me were Miss Vernon, Miss Dock, Miss Morey, Miss Arnold and Miss Jamison. We were given a trial and were sentenced to three days in the district jail, the technical charge being that of, obstructing traffic. Automobiles were offered as a means of conveyance to the jail. These were refused. We had been regarded as prisoners by the court and would accept no special privilege, preferring to be taken to our destination in the Black Maid.
After my release, I returned to Wilmington for a time, but went to Washington again and picketed the White House. This time I was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and sentenced to 60 days at Occoquan. The charges against the pickets were never for picketing, but were for obstructing traffic, interfering with police regulations and disorderly conduct. These charges being arbitrarily made, the penalties imposed were arbitrary also and were entirely disproportionate to the offence.
Under the prison regime and on prison rations I became so weak that for the first time in my life I fainted. I was then taken to the hospital and given milk and toast. After a week I insisted upon returning to my companions. It was three days before they would give me my clothes and then only when the other suffragist demanded that I be allowed to come to them.
I was released last Sunday. My experiences may have to be repeated before the great cause for which we women have endured so much is finally won. Our protest in the picketing cases is against being treated as criminals instead of political prisoners and against being arrested on charges which result from a political frame-up.