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Within ten days, however, some sanctimonious
wretch, whose name ought not to have been withheld
in Court, betrayed the secret to the gentleman s
steward, and Stanley was, in consequence, recalled
by his employers in London and dismissed, but
" with a most excellent character."

The hunted man could now obtain no work or
prospect of work. He determined, if he could, to
emigrate to New Zealand, but the remainder of his
savings, £^, was insufficient for the purpose. To
add to this scanty store he attempted to enter, with
false keys, a silk mercer's ware-room, in Bread-street,
but was caught, and so came to tell his sad story to
Alderman Bell. This story was corroborated by
])etective-sergeant Hobson, and the Alderman, like
a Christian gentleman, sentenced the culprit to one
month's hard labour. It is safe to say that
Draco Day would, on the cumulative principle,



152 "THE TENDER MERCIES OF THE WICKED."

have given him seven years' penal servitude, pre-
faced most likely by a cheerful little homily on the
advantages he would experience on being " turned
out as quickly as possible." With such hounds on
the judgment-seat, is it to be wondered at that
desperate men take to Anarchy and the study of
explosives ?

It is pleasant to read : —

Mr. Alderman Bell said that, looking at the fact that the
prisoner had been endeavouring to get an honest livelihood,
the Chief Clerk would make inquiries to see whether some
means could be got to send him out of the country. Detective-
Sergeant Hobson said the firm of builders in whose employ the
prisoner had been would subscribe a sum of money towards en-
abling him to leave the country. The prisoner said he wanted
to go to New Zealand and the cost of getting there would be
£i(>- The Chief Clerk said that if the prisoner came to him
after he came out of prison he thought he could get him to New
Zealand cheaper than that. The prisoner thanked the Court
and the police in the case.

" And yet it moves ! " Mr. Hopwood's example
is bound to be contagious. We want Hopwoods
on every judgment seat in the land, and to get them
there we must first of all have popular election of
judges, as in the United States. If we elect men to
make laws for us it is absurd to say that we are in-
capable of selecting those who are most competent
to admim'ster them.

But all laws that are based on force are brutal,
and wholly contrary to the law of Christ, who con-
demned, in immeasured terms, their very basis —
private property alias " Mammon." Love He taught,
is the only sure foundation on which society can
ever rest, and when that is truly in our hearts and not
merely on our lips even Hopwoods, precious as they
are in existing circumstances, will be alike unneces-
sary and unknown. I heartily endorse the noble
aspiration of Prince Kropotkine : —

In the next Revolution welupe that this cry will go forth:
' Burn the guillotines ; demolish the prisons; drive away the



THE TENDER MERCIES OF THE WICKED.



153



judges, policemen, and informers — the impurest race upon the
face of the earth ; treat as a brother the man who has been led
by passion to do ill to his fellow ; above all, take from the
ignoble products of middle-class idleness the means of display-
ing their vices in attractive colours ; and be sure that but few
crimes will mar our society."




XXIV.

THE ROYAL CHRISTENING
"FUNCTION": BABY WETTIN.



Wha the deil hae we gotten for a King
But a wee, wee German lairdie !
And, when thev gaed to bring him hame.
He was delvin' in his kail-yairdie ;
Sawin' kail and layin' leeks,
But the hose and but the breeks,
And up his beggar duds he cleeks.
This wee, wee German lairdie.

Scottish Jacobite Song.

What is called Monarchy always appears to me a silly con
temptible thing. I compare it to something kept behind a
curtain, about which there is a great deal of bustle and fuss,
and a wonderful air of seeming solemnity but. when by any
accident the curtain happens to be open, and the company sec
what it is, they burst into laughter. — Thomas Paine



ND SO the mighty " function " (July, '94),
is over. Edward Albert Christian George
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