Much as the prisoner likes company, yet there is some company that
he would rather dispense with. Uninvited they come to the cells and
remain as long as they please. First of all comes little Miss Bedbug.
causes more pain than any of the others, for as the prisoner lies
upon his hard, iron bed, without springs and with a sack of straw
for a mattress, there comes forth from every crack and corner a small
army of these little pests. Being bloodthirsty little things, they
suck the blood from the prisoner's body and
cause him to lose much sleep besides. The prison
pays out much money for exterminators to kill off these bugs, but
the exterminator is in my opinion as much of a pest as are the
bugs, and it never kills them altogether,
THE LITTLE FLEA
for just as soon as one crop disappears another crop appears.
Then there is the cockroach. He comes in several sizes, but all
of a dark brown color. The smallest roaches are about one-quarter
of an inch and the largest are over two inches long. Believe me,
the large ones are "some animals." If those big fellows
could only be trained for some good purpose or used as runners.
Unlike the bedbug, the roach never bites, or