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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42 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
to whom I had fully explained my objection to the
baths. One of these ladies tried to protest in a mild
manner against a few things, but was promptly
stopped by the Chairman, who said that “the
prisoner seemed to want a drawingroom for her own
The daily routine of Walton was as monotonous
and dull as other prisons. We were called at 6 a.m,
and had to scrub out our own cells; breakfast at 7
a.m.: tea and bread and margarine--all very bad.
Each prisoner was allowed a knife and fork and one
large spoon, which did duty at most meals. At 1.30
p.m. we had dinner, and, after a bread and margarine
breakfast at 7 a.m., we used to be fainting with the
hunger, but the dinners were all vile, too. Soup ( P)
one day, followed by rice boiled on water, meat about
twice a week, poor fish on Fridays, and bully beef on
Sundays. At four p.m. we had cocoa and bread.
At 7 p.m. they gave round so-called gruel to any
who wished for it, but it was generally uneatable.
I do not know how I would have managed to exist
there if it had not been for the daily pint of milk
which I was allowed as an extra.
I was about six weeks in Walton when a political
compatriot arrived from Ireland. I had hopes of
being allowed to associate with her, and to enjoy a
little congenial companionship at last. But on the
contrary we were kept strictly apart, in fact, the plans
to frustrate our meeting each other were almost
For instance, when she first arrived one of us was
in the hospital and the other in the prison proper.
On Sundays it was usual for the hospital prisoners