Recent Public Whipping
Someone asked me for details of a Public Whipping in a recent post so I thought I would share this one with you. It concerns 565-877-879 (pet name ‘Nelson’), and a discipline session it was subjected to back in October.
As a young buck, 565-877-879 is prone to acts of wilfullness from time to time. This is not surprising, given its age. It is high spirited and, occasionally, cannot control itself although it knows by now that it certainly should. One such occasion happened in the night of Saturday, October 18 - Sunday, October 19. Joe went down into the basement of the Main House around 6:30 am on the Sunday morning. This is where we keep both our human and canine livestock overnight during the colder months, each locked in its own separate cage. When Joe got to 565-877-879’s cage it looked very sorry for itself apparently, sitting in the far corner of its cage, with its head down. Joe wondered what was wrong with it but then he spotted something. There were very obvious stains on the blanket on the floor of its cage, stains that were clearly semen. Joe has come to recognise such stains very easily now.
Unauthorised and unsupervised sexual activity of any kind, including masturbation, is expressly forbidden for *all* our livestock, and they are all *fully* aware of this and the consequences of infringing this strict rule. However, young bucks being young bucks, some of them clearly cannot keep their hands off themselves from time to time. We are not so naive as to think that our bucks, especially the younger ones, don’t need to release their seed regularly, which is one of the reasons we milk them every day on the farm. But, regrettably, this still seems to be not enough for some of them.
As it was obvious what had happened, 565-877-879 could hardly deny being responsible for the crime it had clearly committed. When questioned by Joe it confessed to playing with itself without permission but, in mitigation, said that while it did masturbate during the night it had been planning to stop before it ejaculated. Obviously, it got carried away and could not stop itself, hence the mess on its blanket in the morning when Joe came down.
Joe was obviously angered by such a wanton display of shameful illegality but he managed to contain his anger, other than to give 565-877-879 some sharp whacks with his hand on its bare rump as an immediate punishment of sorts. Joe took 565-877-879 and the other bucks to be milked (rather ironic considering the circumstances) and then set them to their daily tasks. He also then reported 565-877-879’s alleged crime to me. No further action was taken against it that weekend but, on the following Tuesday, I convened a meeting with Joe and Michael and we discussed 565-877-879’s case. I am very keen that we follow due process on the farm and that is why Joe did not immediately thrash the buck for what it had done. A formal punishment is only handed down after a properly convened court judgement here.
Anyway, as 565-877-879 had been locked alone in its cage when the crime occurred and had admitted its guilt to Joe anyway, there wasn’t much to discuss this time. As it had infringed Section #5, Article (i) of the Slave Penal Code, dealing with Unauthorised Masturbation, and as this was its *third* offence under that article, we had no choice but to sentence it to twelve strokes of the cane across its bare buttocks, as specified in the Tariff of Penalties for this offence.
The sentence would be carried out at the next available opportunity, which would be the following Saturday. And the caning would, of course, be given by our official Public Executioner, Matt.
Joe Skyped 565-877-879 that night to inform it of the verdict of the court and when the sentence would be carried out. I can only imagine what it must have felt to have heard that. Matt has developed a justified reputation amongst the slave herd as a harsh giver of the cane. And 565-877-879 had nearly four days to consider its behaviour and, worse, its upcoming very public and very humiliating punishment.
Joe also phoned Matt to tell him what had happened and that he would have to cane 565-877-879 next weekend. Joe told me that Matt was 'pretty excited’ at the prospect. Oh well, I suppose we all have our favourites among the slave herd and, to be fair, 565-877-879 does have a *really* nice arse. I’m not surprised Matt enjoys disciplining it.
On the Saturday itself, the slaves were set to their assigned task then, at 10:00 - one hour before its punishment was due - Joe separated 565-877-879 from the rest of the herd and took it to a holding pen next to the Punishment Room. We take a slave to be punished there ahead of its whipping for it to think about its behaviour and prepare itself for its punishment.
Joe handed 565-877-879 over to Matt’s keeping in the holding pen. Matt uses the time before the sentence is executed to calm the slave (as much as is possible) and to tell it what is going to happen. He also stresses to the slave that it should (try and) take its punishment well, both because it deserves it and also because its owner (me!) will be watching.
At this time, any free guests who wish to observe the whipping arrive at the Punishment Room and take their seats. As I have explained before, the Punishment Room has banks of tiered seating on three sides and the whipping frame is in the pit of the room. We have now also installed a couple of spotlights so that when the whipping takes place, we lower the regular roomlights and turn the spotlights on, which illuminate the whipping frame and the slave strapped over it.
Joe will also have collected all the other slaves present on the Plantation, both BlueStar-owned and those belonging to any guests - and will position them on their knees in the pit of the room, around the whipping frame. We like them to get a good, close view of the whipping as this both humiliates the slave over the frame and acts as a deterrent to bad behaviour on the part of the slaves watching. And they are ordered to lift their heads watch closely. They are not permitted to look away during the whipping. If they do, they will be next over the frame.
Joe is the master of ceremonies and just before 11:00 he went to the holding pen and informed Matt that everything was ready. Matt put 565-877-879 on the lead and brought it to wait, on all fours, at the door of the Punishment Room. Meanwhile, Joe lowered the room lights and switched on the spotlights. Chatter from the watching free people died down and Matt led 565-877-879 into the room on all fours.
He positioned it on its knees in front of the wooden whipping frame (made by the talented Michael) and then read out 565-877-879’s crime and the sentence it had been given. When he announced that 565-877-879 would be given twelve strokes of the cane, there was a ripple of applause from the audience of free people watching. Then, without further ado, Matt removed 565-877-879’s lead and gave it to Joe, who went to stand at the back of the room by the door. Matt then lifted 565-877-879 by its collar up and across the whipping frame, ensuring that its buttocks were perfectly placed over the edge in the best position for him to cane them. He then secured 565-877-879 in place over the whipping frame with leather restraining straps on its ankles, wrists and round its waist. There is no way a slave thus secured can move out of the way of the cane!
At a signal from me as its owner, Matt began to execute the sentence. And 565-877-879 was required to count out, in a 'loud, clear voice’ (as the regulations specify) the number of each stroke of the cane it received: 'One, Sir! … Two, Sir! … Three, Sir!’ … and so on, until all twelve strokes had been delivered. Failure to count properly could result in one or all of the strokes being repeated, at the sole discretion of the executioner. The slaves know that Matt will not hesitate to give additional strokes if he thinks it necessary so, unsurprisingly, they all do their best to obey his instructions to the letter.
While this was going on, the free people were watching with rapt attention as the number of thick, red welts across 565-877-879’s well formed rump grew and grew. Other that the sound of rattan on naked slave flesh and 565-877-879 whimpering and grunting with pain, the only thing to be heard in the room was the chomping of free people eating and the sound of them swilling coffee as the whipping took place.
I have to say I did think 565-877-879 took its punishment well. I was naturally very annoyed that it had committed this crime in the first place, but secretly rather proud of how it had admitted its guilt and taken its just punishment. Mind you, I doubt it was much fun for it to sit down for the following seven to ten days.
After the caning was over, Matt left 565-877-879 in place over the whipping frame for an hour so that any free person who wanted to come down and examine his handiwork and feel 565-877-879’s sore bum and question it would have an opportunity to do so. Joe tells me that three people did do this. The other slaves were returned by Joe and Nick to their assigned tasks. After an hour, 565-877-879 was released from the frame and returned to the holding pen to a further hour to allow it to recover its composure. After that, it too was returned to its duty which that day was scooping duckweed with two other slaves from the pond to the side of the Main House. They were all naked, of course, but 565-877-879’s backside was a mass of thick welts from Matt’s cane. I hope it learned its lesson this time. We shall see.
And that was that! This is our established practice now for Public Whippings. We like the atmosphere to be formal and judicial and for the slaves to learn a lesson. But we also like any free guests to be able to sit comfortably, to have a good view of the proceedings, and to have a snack or drink if they wish. And to feel the whipped slave’s red-hot bum after if they wish. For them, this is both entertainment and an example of their raw power over the slave population.
I seem to have rambled on for a bit but I hope you have found this interesting. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.