The startling statement was made by Lady Henry Somerset a short time ago that drunkenness and drug-taking among women are on the increase rather than the decrease. And Lady Henry Somerset speaks with knowledge. She has devoted the greater part of her life to fighting drunkenness among women and brightening the lives of destitute children, and in the year 1895 founded the industrial farm colony for inebriate women at Duxhurst. It is claimed that 60 per cent. of the women who have gone there have been sent back to their homes sober and respectable. When quite a young woman, Lady Henry Somerset used to ask the labourers on her estate in Herefordshire to spend Sunday afternoon at Eastnor Castle, when she would chat with them in an informal manner about temperance. These talks were much appreciated, and soon the farmers and their wives also came. And then Lady Henry found herself making long speeches. The fame of these speeches spread, and she was invited to take part in large temperance meetings throughout the country. In one year Lady Henry Somerset attended 115 meetings and 27 conferences, travelled over 8,000 miles and spoke in 20 counties to about 200,000 people. There is probably no woman in England who can draw so big an audience.
Lady Henry Somerset Alice Hughes