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The Horrors of Siberian Prison Life.

An account from Tomsk describes (says a Berlin correspondent) the' stafce of the Siberian pH^« fy» «^*r.?Miinor f^r^ulj ah'd gives the. :'■';! ,v- :ir: '•: l:\\iv*. nliTirspeak for -thems 1-!■.■■. T<>i>i';, ;!.v ■■■" of the Only universityliniSiberia', 1 is. at.the same • time,, the, central^deptftnofjj.exilesJ It 1 possesses a prison which can accommodate/ 1 7 ( 65 .men, reckoning for each onei 40 "8 cubic \ feet of air.* There is space for 490 healthy persons and 275 sick ones, but the number of exiles who arrived in Tomsk in dBB6 was 16,184, of whom only 14,866 fwere .transported .farther. „.Iu 1887-,, there arrived 14,277 ; and in 1888, 15,014 ; and' in 1889, up to September, over 12,00dV-pf whom 13,522, 14,237, and II,OOQ ■respectively were taken to the interior. ,;In 1886 the average daily number of prisoners was at least 1314 ; in 1887, 1120 ; and, in 1888, 1380. In some weeks these numbers increased in 1886 to 2955,\in 1887 i 4 2755^ f arid in 1888 even; to)j?ssQSme t if.U j^Among these the daily 1" average* Vif the sick' list was in 1886, 394 ; in 1887, 512 (not! less than 457 per cent) ; and in 1888, J396, the n;v- -r'y *.-i-*P.-:-i-i ■ from typhoid fever. The'■?!'■'-I ivj/--!i "i.iy- in a few words that for want of room hundreds of beds with patients suffering from, serious, niadadies were placed in the openi air, while * the 1, temperature was only 6deg (Reaumur), 45|deg (Fahrenheit). ': The mortality was of oourse enormous. ' Between 360 and 400 exiles are buried yearly., ;fxK)m the Tomsk prison. '» v j<j' <

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The Horrors of Siberian Prison Life., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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The Horrors of Siberian Prison Life. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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