Fourth of July at Auburn Prison: Proceedings and Address. A Gratifying Celebration for the Inmates

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Observer Office Print, 1826 - Conduct of life - 12 pages
 

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Page 24 - Company," and by that name they and their successors shall and may have continued succession, and by such name shall be capable of contracting and being contracted with, of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering and being answered unto, in all Courts and places whatsoever, and in all manner of actions...
Page 58 - ... communication between them. The space in front of the cells is a perfect sounding gallery ; so that a sentinel, in the open area, on the ground, can hear a whisper from a distant cell, in the upper story.
Page 37 - ... best possible middle ground between the two extremes of penitentiary punishment. " The diversion and exercise arising from labor, which the convicts now enjoy, are certainly no more than is indispensable to mental and bodily health : and their earnings should have some consideration with the government. " There is no doubt that uninterrupted solitude tends to sour the feelings, destroy the affections, harden the heart, and induce men to cultivate a spirit of revenge, or drive them to despair...
Page 59 - ... workshops; thence, in the same order, at the hour of breakfast, to the common hall, where they partake of their wholesome and frugal meal in silence. Not even a whisper is heard; though the silence is such that a whisper might be heard through the whole apartment.
Page 59 - The whole establishment, from the gate to the sewer, is a specimen of neatness. The unremitted industry, the entire subordination and subdued feeling of the convicts, has probably no parallel among an equal number of criminals.
Page 57 - The cells are seven feet long, seven feet high, and three and an half feet wide. The only opening from the cell, except the ventilator, is the door, in the upper end of which, is an iron grate, about eighteen by twenty inches. The bars of this grate are round iron, three fourths of an inch in diameter, placed about two inches asunder, leaving orifices smaller than a man's hand. Through this grate all the light, heat, and air, are admitted to the cells. The ventilator which is about three inches in...
Page 4 - In their intercourse among themselves the officers and guards of the penitentiary are at all times to treat each other with that mutual respect and kindness that become gentlemen and friends, and are required to avoid all collisions, jealousies, separate and party views and interests among themselves, and are strictly forbidden to treat each other with disrespect or to use any ungentlemanly epithets.
Page 59 - At the close of the day, a little before sunset, the work is all laid aside at once, and the convicts return, in military order, to the solitary cells, where they partake of the frugal meal, which they were permitted to take from the kitchen, where it was furnished for them as they returned from the shops.
Page 57 - Jieat, and air, are admitted to the cells. " The ventilator, which is about three inches in diameter, extends from the back of the cell to the roof of the building. The door of the cell, of which the grate is a part, closes on the inner edge of the wall, leaving a recess between the door and the outer edge of the vail, two f6et deep.
Page 59 - ... to the other, it is the testimony of many witnesses that they have passed more than three hundred convicts without seeing one leave his work, or turn his head to gaze at them. There is the most perfect attention to business from morning till night, interrupted only by the time necessary to dine; and never by the fact that the whole body of prisoners have done their tasks, and the time is now their own, and they can do as they please.

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