Middlesex House of Correction: prisoners sitting on long benches untangling bundles of twine, "picking oakum"; a guard raises his hand. Wood engraving. after M. Fitzgerald, 1874
- Fitzgerald, Michael, active 1871-1891.
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"The work of picking oakum is rather painful to delicate fingers, but becomes easy after a few days. Our illustrations show this sort of work going on, and n another room the work of tailoring. The prisoners are constantly watched, and are forbidden to speak a word to each other when assembled for work or dinner; even a detected word or sign would be severely punished."--Illustrated London news, op. cit. p. 63
Moral maxims are pasted on the walls
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