Dec 18 1858, Auburn, New York: The negro convict, showered to death.

Dec 18 1858, Auburn, New York: The negro convict, showered to death.

Harper's weekly (New York : Harper' s Weekly Co., 1857-1916.) .

"Written on border: "Dec. 18, 1858" "Auburn State Prison, New York." Printed on border: "The convict, More, was a negro. He is certified to have been a man of naturally pleasant temper, but violent when crossed. …he was dragged by main force, and after many violent struggles, to the shower-bath; all the water that was in the tank -- amounting to from three to five barrels, the quantity is uncertain -- was showered upon him in spite of his piteous cries; a few minutes after his release from the bath he fell prostrate, was carried to his cell, and died in five minutes." "The use of the shower-bath as a means of coercing criminals into submission to the orders of prison authorities began to be general about the year 1845."

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