Life imprisonment in Mongolia (1914)

“Political offenders in parts of Mongolia are punished by lifetime immolation in coffinlike boxes stored away in dark dungeons. These boxes are only large enough to contain a man. There is but one aperture, and that no larger than his head. His hands are manacled, and twice a day attendants bring food and drink which are placed in the shackled hands outstretched through these round windows, which are his only communication with the world. Many highly educated Chinese, so it is said, are imprisoned here. Within the cramped box one cannot sit upright nor lie flat and a gleam of daylight is seen only when the door swings to admit the attendants bearing food. “

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