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Smith, the warden's wife, gave him brandy. Chaplain Rogers brought in anti-Catholic books and pamphlets. " Some convicts were overfed, while many were hungry as a result of Frank Smith's favoritism. Hungry ones were seen eating from the pig troughs. One keeper testified that he regularly let his convicts eat from the pig pen in order to get more work from them. Complaints of hunger were more numerous in the summer when the meat was more likely to be bad. Sour, mouldy, and worm-infested bread was often served.

18 50 CANADA'S BIG HOUSE John Creighton, Warden, Kingston Penitentiary 1871-1885. Reproduction of the original is with the permission of the City of Kingston. Correctional Service of Canada Museum Collection. The Creighton era, which lasted until 1885, was marked by modest progress towards a more enlightened management. The new federal government took ownership in 1867 of all the penitentiaries in the Dominion. Therefore, the Provincial Penitentiary at Portsmouth was given a new name: the Kingston Penitentiary.

Macdonald at the request of Mr. Smith. The assistant warden testified that in the 1844 election a dozen keepers were sent by the warden to vote for his son Henry Smith Jr. in the riding of Frontenac. Macdonald, since graced with the title "Founding Father of Canada," lived in those days only a half-mile from the prison in an oriental-style villa called Bellevue, which offered a splendid view of the lake. He so strongly believed that Warden Smith was unjustly treated by the Brown Commission that, in 1849, he tried (and failed) to set up a committee of the legislature to inquire into the conduct of the commission.

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