A Holiday in Gaol by Frederic MartynA Holiday in Gaol by Frederic Martyn

A Holiday in Gaol

byFrederic Martyn

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... A HOLIDAY IN GAOL CHAPTER I THE ARREST IHAVE recently returned to work from the holiday of a lifetime, feeling as if I am wound up to go another fifty years on top of the half-century I already have to own to, and with a capacity for enjoyment that I don't remember to have possessed in my salad days. I have been taking the finest rest cure that the whole world affords: I have been doing eighteen months' hard labour in an English prison. No, I am not trying to pull the leg of a credulous public; I am simply endeavouring to put into readable shape my experiences of police, prisons, and prisoners arising out of my first and only conflict with the criminal law of this or any other country. I am afraid that my experiences will be found to differ greatly from any that have yet appeared either in the newspapers or in book form. If they were not altogether different there would be no excuse for publishing them, inasmuch as the public must be quite "fed up" with the whining accounts of prison life that have been appearing more or less continuously in the penny weeklies for the past few years. These woeful wails without exception represent prison life as a very good imitation of purgatory, but I say boldly that it is nothing of the sort, and that, putting deprivation of liberty out of consideration, nine men out of every ten who go to prison are better off there than they would be outside. It may be put up against me that I was hardly in a position to judge of the rigour of the English penal system, seeing that I was a mere Hard Labour prisoner in a local prison while the accounts I have referred to were written by men who have undergone sentences of penal servitude. All I can say to this is that every old convict that I met in prison--and I met a good few, and asked...
Title:A Holiday in GaolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217154824

ISBN - 13:9780217154826