Margaret Sanger, "Jail Interview with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle," 27 Oct 1916.

Source: " Mrs. Sanger, After Night in Jail, Has New Worries, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Oct 27, 1916, p. 22."


Mrs. Sanger, After Night in Jail, Has New Worries

Appearing remarkably fresh, despite what she described as a night long fight against rats and vermin in the Raymond Street Jail, Mrs. Margaret Sanger, the birth-control advocate whose clinic at 46 Amboy street was raided yesterday and who was placed under arrest for violating section 1142 of the Penal Laws, today voiced her defiance of the police and her somewhat uncomplimentary opinion of Mrs. Margaret Whitehurst, the detective who placed her under arrest.

Mrs. Sanger has just begun to fight, she says. As soon as the present charge against her is disposed of, she intends to return to her clinic and continue in her work of spreading birth-control information among women.

Mrs. Sanger was interviewed in a small room just off the tier on which her cell is located. She is in cell No. 1.

"I'm glad you came," she said, "but before we begin to discuss my arrest I wish to tell you something. Please--for my sake and for the sakes of the other women detained here--let me describe the horrible conditions of this jail. I do not see how the people of Kings County can tolerate such conditions. The blanket which covers my iron cot is dirty. Creatures of all manners and kinds invaded my cell. They came in vast numbers. There is no soap with which to wash my hands. I am only mentioning a few of the defects. Put me on record, please, as saying the women of Kings County should invade this place and clean it out."

"Now I can talk of my arrest. How do I regard it? As an invasion of my personal rights. It is an outrage and the day will come when this community will realize that Margaret Sanger long ago tried to show it the light. I shall continue in my work. After my trial and the final disposition of my case I am going back to my clinic."

"They cannot stop me by placing me under arrest. Some time or other I will have regained my liberty. Then Margaret Sanger is going back to violate that law all over again. The charge in the newspapers that I was exhibiting and offering for sale a box of pills is a vicious lie."

"I admit we did sell to the woman detective. We knew who she was. Mrs. Byrne, my sister, is a hot-headed Irish girl and she deliberately urged the detective to buy. We framed the two dollar bill and wrote across the bill. 'Received from a spy.' It was laughable to see the woman's face when she returned and saw how she had been tricked."

"That woman detective is beyond me. Perhaps she did only her duty, but personally I would rather scrub floors for my bread than earn it by fighting my sisters."

Mrs. Sanger will talk with her counsel this afternoon and will arrange immediately for bail. She intended to remain in jail until the trial, but the illness of Miss Fania Mindell, her assistant, who was arrested with her, has prompted her to abandon that plan and get bail immediately.


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