The Chain Gang.--The growing tendency which leads a good many of the unenlightened citizens of Richmond to seek refuge in the above institution, has given rise to a number of schemes for its proper conduct and management. The following plan for its government has received the approval of the Commissioner of Streets and City Engineer, and recommended, as it will be, to the Council by the committee having the subject in charge, will no doubt be adopted by that body as the most feasible plan for giving effect to that provision of the law authorizing the establishment of the Gang. The plan reads as follows:
- 1st. That the men of the Chain Gang shall be furnished with food in the middle of the day, and be required, in good weather, to work all day — that is, from 7£ o'clock in the morning to 6 in the evening.
- 2d. That the Superintendents of the Gang shall exercise police authority over the Gang when out of the custody of the jailor, in order more effectually to keep them in a state of subordination.
- 3d. That in consideration of the foregoing, the said Superintendents shall receive compensation equal to that received by the day police.