In times of peril : leaves from the diary of Nurse Linda Kearns from Easter week, 1916, to Mountjoy, 1921 / edited by Annie M.P. Smithson.
Smithson, Annie M.P. De Valera, Eamon, 1882-1975.
4 February 2016
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MY SENTENCE AND EXILE. 39
high, and stiffened my powers of endurance, but
terrible times of depression visited me, when I felt
as if the shadow would never again be lifted from my
life. And the long days were always there, stretch-
ing out interminably before me, and had to be lived
through-years, months, weeks, and hours-every
minute, from the first chill of dawn to the dreadful
blackness of the prison night. The food was uneat-
able, and I could take very little of it; indeed I lived
for the most part of my time there on the pint of milk
I hated, too, the convict garb, but above all I hated
those with whom I was associated.
Now, there are certain rules and regulations re-
lating to prison life in England which can apparently
be broken at will by the officials when it suits them
to do so. My own case was an example of this, as
the following will explain.
The prisoners are divided into three classes:
1st. The First Offenders-These are always kept
separate from the other prisoners. No matter how
bad their crime may have been, if it is a first offence
they rank with the first class, are separate to them-
selves, and wear a red star on their shoulder.
2nd. The Intermediates-These have been in
prison before, but they are mostly in for the lesser
crimes-stealing, shoplifting, etc.
3rd. The Rccidivists-Tliese are the very worst
type of criminal. They usually have many convic-
tions against them, and of the worst kind-murder,
illegal operations, big robberies, etc.
Now, imagine the injustice of these English people
who had my whole record and history before them,