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THE WOKING CONVIOT ESTABLISH- MENT. One who has suffered," a merchant of the City, who seems to have got into trouble some years ago, writes to a contemporary in support of the statements of the convict Jarvis as to the state of things at the convict prison-at Wokmg. He says, "I never expected a. prison to be other than a place of punishment Bnt whilst I would express my deep sense of the feme Christian good feeling of all the principal officials of Pentonville, I must express my conviction that the villany practised at Woking, and which the authori- ties take no trouble to prevent, calls loudly for in- qmry. Some of the officials could, if they would, cor- ^n°Sr £ but the £ dare Dot ipeak. r re- member the man Jarvis well. No doubt he was a Uw ei"g01rl? punishment for the in- juries he had committed against society, and I know for a fact he was harshly treated in the prison. At Woking a well-behaved man is treated worse than any slave, while the thorough scoundrels are petted and made much of. The whole system is a curse to this country, and loudly calls for inquiry. I do not be- lieve there ever was a man who was reformed by the English system; and they never can be whilst from the highest in authority to the lowest deceit and cun- ning are the predominant characteristics." This communication being anonymous, should bvno means be received as undiluted truth, until something more is known of the merchant of the City and his trouble." His deep sense of true Christian good feeling" would surely not have made him a patient in that establishment.