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美国语文第五册 第101期:马萨诸塞州的监狱叛乱(01)


A more impressive exhibition of moral courage, opposed to the wildest ferocity under the most appalling circumstances, was never seen than that which was witnessed by the officers of our state prison; in the rebellion which occurred some years since.


Three convicts had been sentenced, under the rules of the prison, to be whipped in the yard,


and, by some effort of one of the other prisoners, a door had been opened at midday communicating with the great dining hall and, through the warden's lodge, with the street.


The dining hall was long, dark, and damp, from its situation near the surface of the ground;


and in this all the prisoners assembled, with clubs and such other tools as they could seize in passing through the workshops.


Knives, hammers, and chisels, with every variety of such weapons, were in the hands of the ferocious spirits,


who are drawn away from their encroachments on society, forming a congregation of strength, vileness,


and talent that can hardly be equaled on earth, even among the famed brigands of Italy.


Men of all ages and characters, guilty of every variety of infamous crime, dressed in the motley and peculiar garb of the institution,


and displaying the wild and demoniac appearance that always pertains to imprisoned wretches,


were gathered together for the single purpose of preventing the punishment which was to be inflicted on the morrow upon their comrades.


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