The Chain Gang

December 1, 1866


Starting now, all criminals convicted of petty crimes and vagrants will be consigned to the chain gang. The chains are seven feet long and have a twelve pound ball attached to the chains.


The Chain Gang.--The chain gang of this city goes into operation on Tuesday next. The chains are seven feet long, and the balls weigh twelve pounds. All vagrants and prisoners convicted of petty offences will be consigned to the gang by the Mayor, by a law passed by the Legislature.
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