PUNISHMENT FOR EVIL-DOERS
NOW, when we go out to mingle with the people, it is
impossible not to stop here or there when one of the
constables is whipping an idle fellow through the
streets, laying the lashes on his bare back with such
force that the blood follows nearly every blow.
Then again, it is not often that one can pass the post
 at the corner of Prison Lane, without seeing some
wrong-doer chained there as punishment for striking
one of the people, and the cage wherein are kept men
and women who have offended against the laws is
seldom empty on a Thursday.
The prison itself is a dreary looking place, although
it is not quite so very different from the church, but
somehow its barred
windows make the
shivers run up and
down my back and
I always hurry past
it with as much
speed as possible.
Most likely there
are as many bad
people in the other
towns of this New
World, as in Boston; but it surely seems to Susan and
me as if we had among us all those in America who
delight in breaking the laws.
Of all the punishments which are inflicted here, I
think the most cruel is that of sentencing a man to
wear, so long as he may live, a halter around his neck
so that every one may see it, for thus is the wrong-doer
forced to shame himself during every hour of the day,
and especially on Thursdays, when he must stand not
 less than two hours during the forenoon on the steps
of the church.
It is on lecture day that one may sec the latest
notices put up on the church, together with the
announcements of those who intend to be married, and Susan
and I have great pleasure in reading these, for then
are we aware of anything important about to take place.
Of course there are times when we are not so well
pleased at being forced to sit still five or six long hours,
listening to this preacher or that who feels a call to
speak during the lecture time; but if we failed to do so,
we should not be allowed to go on the street wheresoever
we please, therefore I hope that mother will not be able
to have the lecture hour changed to the morning.
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