Based on the writer's personal knowledge as a visitor (a "voluntary" one, he takes care to say) to these houses of detention, supplemented by references to the records. The author seems to have acquired his taste for jail-hunting from Dickens, of whose novels he was an earnest student while they were appearing in serial form. Penology was a hobby with Dickens. Some of his most powerful and dramatic work deals with prison life and character, and Mr. Trumble quotes him freely.
die before the prison, who had been concerned in the attack upon it; and one directly after in Bloomsbury Square. At nine o'clock a strong body of military marched into the street, and formed and lined a narrow passage into Holborn, which had been indifferently kept all night by constables. Through this another cart was brought (the one already mentioned had been employed in the construction of the scaffold), and wheeled up to the prison gate. These preparations made, the soldiers stood at ease; the officers lounged to and fro in the alley they had made, or talked together at the scaffold's foot; and the concourse which had been rapidly augmenting for some hours, and still received additions every minute, waited with an impatience which increased with every chime of St. Sepulchre's clock for twelve at noon.
"Up to this time they had been very quiet, comparatively silent, save when the arrival of some new party at a window, hitherto unoccupied, gave them something to look at or to talk of. But, as the h
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