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Gaol Routine

Getting Ready to Leave Prison

A description of meeting the governor of a convict gaol before release and a common request by prisoners.

At stated periods the governor of the convict prison gives audience to such inmates of his mansion as may have complaints to make, or petitions to prefer; and of the demands most commonly heard, from old and young, one of the commonest is: "Please, sir, may I grow?" It sounds odd to hear the naive request put by some square-shouldered, grey-haired fellow; but it is usually found so reasonable that, after a word or two of inquiry, the governor consents. The man wishes to let his hair grow within the next three or four months before his leaving the prison; and it is the first step towards his release.

The Convict Out in the World