NEW ZEALAND JACK SHEPPHARDS.
Some boys in Christchurch, belonging to respectable parents, and whose ages vary from eleven to fourteen, were charged with burglary before the Resident Magistrate's Court there. They had* opened the door of a tobacconist shop, in Colombo street, with a skeleton key, and abstracted a quantity of pipes, cigars, and tobacco, picking the best of everything. Later on the same enterprising youths broke into the Theatre Royal and stole two revolvers, a dark lantern, and a quantity of " stage" jewellery. When brought up by the police, the boys admitted the offences. ThLßesidght Magistrate, not carirtgTfo confine them to gaol, let them off with a caution and made their parents enter into a bond for their reappearance, if ever called upon to do soi. Then all went as merrily as marriage bells. Now, we are not prepared to say that, so far as the young thieves are concerned, it was not better that they should be saved from the contamination of a publio gaol, although a few days' confinementt could not have done them much harm. But what about the public example 1 Larrikinism of the most unblushing type is unfortunately too oommon just now, and it is increasing every day. Pilfering and petty lifting is of frequent occurrence, In this oase, the boys aotually used a skeleton key in one case, and plundered the shop in a systematic and wholesale manner. The next culprit who may be caught, if brought before the same Benoh will naturally expect to be let off as easy. And it is scarcely possible feat a juvenile case of felony could bear more unpleasant features than the one in question.
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NEW ZEALAND JACK SHEPPHARDS., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 911, 3 October 1879
NEW ZEALAND JACK SHEPPHARDS. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 911, 3 October 1879
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