A query from a subscriber

A subscriber has contacted us to ask if anyone can be of assistance – the message is below.

“I’m currently doing some work on the suffragette, trade unionist & Swansea headmistress Emily Phipps (who has just had a Blue Plaque unveiled in Swansea) and come across a newspaper article about a suffrage meeting in Swansea in 1909 which contains the following –

          [the crowd included] good humoured indifferent sensation hunters…ladies who are honestly for what they believe to be reform, and a dozen or so ‘the abusers of Antonio and Rubber Dolly.’

Does anyone know what this means as I’ve never heard the phrase before.

Thanks for any suggestions.”

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