Grant Barrett grantbarrett at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 15 04:29:42 UTC 2011

A listener to the radio show points out the following form of "calaboose" 'prison, place of punishment."

"For instance, it is a common practice in the slave States for ladies, when angry with their maids, to send them to the calybuce sugar-house, or to some other place established for the purpose of punishing slaves, and have them severely flogged; and I am sorry it is a fact, that the villains to whom those defenceless creatures are sent, not only flog them as they are ordered, but frequently compel them to submit to the greatest indignity."

1860, William Craft's "Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery."

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