from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An adjunct to a charitable lodging-house, or to a workhouse, where wood-sawing or other labor is done.
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Fry then took him out into the labor-yard, which he found perforated with cells about half the size of his hermitage in the corridor.
He had been now three weeks in the jail, and all that time only thrice in the labor-yard.
The labor-yard was a fifteen-stall stable for ditto.
However, one day, from a sense of duty, he forced himself into the labor-yard and walked wincing down the row.
He went into the labor-yard, looked at the cranks, examined the numbers printed on each in order to learn their respective weights, and see that the prisoners were not overburdened.
Thence into the labor-yard, and prepared a crank for an athletic prisoner by secretly introducing a weight, and so making the poor crank a story-teller, and the prologue to punishment.