Day 02 – Wednesday

The chances of anything man-like on Mars …

02-Jun 00:01 – Wednesday

Following the observation of lights from Mars some people begin to ponder the possibility that Martians are signaling Earth.


In London, Toni, caught up in her studies, her enthusiasm for the suffragists, and the joys of divided skirts, means it is only at the end of the day that she has time to contemplate the idea of life on Mars.

02-Jun 07:00 #LatestNews

Headline – ‘Daily Chronicle’ 2 June 1897:



02-Jun 09:00 @HGWells

When questioned by a reporter from the “Daily Chronicle”, Ogilvy (the well-known astronomer) scoffed at the possibility that the inhabitants of Mars were signalling to us. “The chances against anything man-like on Mars are a million to one,” he is quoted as saying.

02-Jun 12:15 #NewSkills @HGWells

Wells, himself, is presently occupied this day in learning to ride the bicycle, and in writing a series of papers discussing the probable developments of moral ideas as civilization progresses.

02-Jun 13:00 @BreakerMorant

02-Jun 13:00 @BreakerMorant

Mother was pleased to receive Vogan and I to her ‘school’ today.

02-Jun 13:15 @BreakerMorant

Under her wig, mother’s hair is now whiter than her teeth so she is not making as much from men coming to ‘night lessons’. She has taken on two students as apprentices.

02-Jun 14:00 @BreakerMorant

Mother’s girls were partial to my cocked feather.

02-Jun 16:00 @BreakerMorant

Mother introduced me to one of her clients. He is a toff, but Vogan wrangled tickets from him to a talk by Pierre and Marie Curie in Oxford. Unfortunately there’s no tickets available for their London talk.

02-Jun 16:45 @BreakerMorant

Back at our bivouac Vogan goes on and on to Brown about these things from Mars. He thinks the Curies may know what they are. I’m more interested in these things called X-rays, which can see through women’s clothing. Anyway, it should be a laugh.

02-Jun 17:00 @ToniWantsToVote

Can’t believe @hgwellsbro wore THOSE undies today. #facepalm #stripesaresolastyear Even @roentgenxray turned away.

02-Jun 17:30 @ToniWantsToVote

#xrays are amazing! Could see @hgwellsbro femur clear as day! Differential diagnosis will be much easier now we can #seeallthebones!

02-Jun 18:00 @ToniWantsToVote

There is no doubt  medical science is in @roentgenxray’s debt. #science #bones #seeallthebones! #fixthefractures

02-Jun 18:30 @ToniWantsToVote

Big meeting at #NUWSS HQ tomorrow night. @millifawcett will be speaking. Together we can #DemandTheVote! #equality #womenhavevoices

02-Jun 21:00 @ToniWantsToVote

02-Jun 21:00 @ToniWantsToVote

Asked @hgwellsbro  to go out for drinks. @graceharwoodstewart is in town and he said he’d like to meet her.


Also, bought myself some new #dividedskirts from @rationaldresssociety and can’t recommend them enough. #socomfy #ihavepockets

02-Jun 21:05 #RationalDressSociety


The #RationalDressSociety, founded in 1881, listed as its ‘Attributes of Perfect Dress’

  1. Freedom of Movement.
  2. Absence of pressure over any part of the body.
  3. Not more weight than is necessary for warmth, and both weight and warmth evenly distributed.
  4. Grace and beauty combined with comfort and convenience.
  5. Not departing too conspicuously from the ordinary dress of the time.



02-Jun 23:30 @ToniWantsToVote

And finally had time to read today’s Chronicle. Surely the idea of life on Mars is #rubbish. @ogilvyastron certainly thinks so. #milliontoone