I want to give you another instance of the absolute unfitness of this man, O'Leary, for the position which he occupies. Fancy, on that stone pile, sixty men breaking stone month after month and year after year, a pail of water, and all drinking out of one cup and from one pail. Not only that, but it was brought out in the evidence that men with syphilitic sores in their mouths were in the same gangs with these boys, and all drinking out of the same pail and out of the same cup. x submit that you would not put a diseased animal alongside of healthy ones, and yet you put men with the most loathsome disease you can imagine alongside these boys and expect them to grow up to strong and vigorous manhood.
Let me give you another instance of the way in which this institution has been run. This has been the routine treatment meted out to sick convicts. On Sundays, in order to let the guards go home, the sick convicts were given their breaklasv at nine o'clock, their dinner at eleven, ana their supper at one o'clock and they got nothing more to eat until between eight and nine o'clock on Monday morning. This was the way in which they treated sick convicts.
They got their meals at nine, eleven and one and the only part of their meal that they could keep in their cells was a piece of bread; they were not allowed to retain any of the dishes. There may have been a difference of opinion as to whether an investigation of this institution was necessary when I made my charges, but there can now be no two opinions in this country in regard to it being necessary.
friend to repeat that statement about sick convicts receiving their meals at the hours mentioned. Does he mean to say that they got their meals at nine, eleven and one o'clock, and nothing between that and next day?
I am referring to what is brought out and what appears in the typewritten evidence which I have here. I shall be very glad if any hon. member desires it, to corroborate any statement I make by the evidence, which bears out what I have said.
I will answer that question. Under our system, as it is now and has been for many years, the warden-ships in penitentiaries have gone as
political plums to men, no matter which side has been in power. There was no consideration given to the man's fitness for the position of warden. He got the position of warden because of services he had rendered to his party. As a result of that the warden depended upon the next officials, the deputy warden, the surgeon, and so on, for the administration of the penitentiary.