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RUSSIAN JUSTICE

“ Well, we also had a visit from one of these gangs of robbers,” said my oppos'tc neighbor, a small, red-haired young follow, with mighty hands and small pig eyes tha : (winkled slyly while ho related his story. " Tho first thing they a.sk when they come to a village is; ‘Are there any Prussian soldiers near hyp’ As soon as they arc satisfied in that respect, they ask: ‘Have you any money? Where's your watch?’ Then there’s no help. You have to fork out what you've vet. They squeezed me for 500 marks—all that I had. Due afterw’ards the devil who stole them was sorry, because the next day a whole regiment of Russians came to the town. You could see at once, from the officers and the way in which the men behaved themselves, that they were decent people. I therefore hastened to toll the captain how those devils of Cossacks had treated me. not being ashamed to steal a poor man’s savings. “The captain became angry, and a little bit afraid. “ ‘ Would you know the man again who took your money?’ he asked. “‘Yes, captain.’ “‘Are you quite sure?’ “‘Among a thousand, I should find him.’ “‘Well, be outside the church in an hour, but God help you if you hive lied.’ “I was, I confess, not so courageous an hour later: you never know what m-y happen in time of war. The captain and a couple of lieutenants were there: the Cossacks, about 50 of them, were all filed in one line. “‘Now,’ said the captain, ‘look at them all and point out the man.' “ I recognised him at once, and without a moment’s hesitation picked out the chap He was examined, and found to be in possession of my 500 marks; he was marched off and shot at once. I was sorry for him the poor beggar, but although I did what 1 could the cap ain would not temper justice with mercy.”—Copenhagen correspondent ‘ Daily Chronicle.’

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RUSSIAN JUSTICE, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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RUSSIAN JUSTICE Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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