Inside Out, Or, An Interior View of the New-York State Prison: Together with Biographical Sketches of the Lives of Several of the Convicts

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author, and sold, 1823 - Crime - 251 pages

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Page 114 - Th' insulting tyrant, prancing o'er the field Strow'd with Rome's citizens, and drench'd in slaughter, His horse's hoofs wet with Patrician blood ! Oh, Portius ! is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man, Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin...
Page 13 - See Europe, Afric, Asia, put in balance, And all weighed down by one light, worthless woman ! I think the gods are Antonies, and give, Like prodigals, this nether world away To none but wasteful hands.
Page 120 - O, what is life, that thoughtless wish of all ! A drop of honey in a draught of gall." Nothing astonishes me more, when a little sickness clogs the wheels of life, than the thoughtless career we run, in the hour of health. " None saith, where is God, my Maker, that giveth songs in the night...
Page 13 - It is constructed of free-stone, the windows being grated with iron for security. It is two stories high of fifteen feet each, besides the basement, and has a slated roof. Rising from the centre there is a neat cupola, in which a bell is hung. The centre of the principal front, towards Washington-street, is projected and...
Page 93 - As, to be hated, needs but to be seen ; Vet, seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace...
Page 17 - Y with death in this State. By an act of the legislature, dated April 15th, 1817, it is enacted, " that if any 'prisoner confined in the State prison,, or any other person, shall wilfully and maliciously set fire to the said prison, or to any of the workshops or other erections within the walls thereof, or procure the same to be done, or aid or abet the doing thereof; or shall be guilty of an assault or battery, with an intent to commit murder upon any officer of said prison, such person being thereof...
Page 163 - But a modest assertion of one's own opinion, and a complaisant acquiescence in other people's, preserve dignity. Vulgar, low expressions, awkward motions and address, vilify; as they imply, either a very low turn of mind, or low education and low company. Frivolous curiosity about trifles, and a laborious attention to little objects, which neither require nor deserve a moment's thought, lower a man ; who from thence is thought (and not unjustly) incapable of greater matters.
Page 18 - ... that in case any of the said convicts shall escape while so employed, as aforesaid, and shall be apprehended and convicted thereof, it shall and may be lawful for the court where such conviction shall be had, to banish such convict or convicts from the state, on pain of death, if such convict or convicts shall return to this state, or continue therein, after such sentence as aforesaid.
Page 64 - Thus, the proposition, that the three angles of a triangle are not equal to two right angles...
Page 17 - By an act of the legislature, passed April 15, 1817, it is enacted ' that in all cases of conviction for larceny, which may hereafter be had and made, the same shall be adjudged petit larceny, unless the goods so stolen shall be of the value of more than 25 dollars. ' "For double the original term. A convict for years breaking the State Prison.

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