Fear, Force, and Leather: The Texas Prison System&rsquot;s First Hundred Years 1848-1948

Testimony of Fred Stone, April 15, 1875

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Testimony of Fred Stone, April 1875


was then satisfied there was nothing
in it at all. The only reason I
can assign for such punishment is
that I objected to coming here. I
came here last July. Have never
been punished  but once since then.
While being punished the Captain
said he did it “to keep things straight.”
Am here for counterfeiting. Was sent
from Austin, Travis County. There
are some here who will tell you
everything, but they are afraid.
That man there has his back so
injured by punishment that he
cannot work at all. His brother
was taken out to work on the
railroad and was shot and killed.
I shall be punished for telling you
this; they say I am a desperado.
When visitors are here we get from
15 to 20 minutes to our meals;
when no one is here we are hurried
through them. We get plenty of food
such as it is. We have had bacon
three times in twelve months. We
had bacon when the Governor was
here and at Christmas. Potatoes
we have had two or three times
since I have been here. When
a guard falls asleep men run

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Testimony of Fred Stone, April 15, 1875. Investigations, Records Relating to the Penitentiary, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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