15 DECEMBER 1866, Page 3

The French .juries hate capital punishment so much that they

-regard it as an "extenuating circumstance" that a prisoner is liable, if found guilty, to-be-put todeath. -There was a very curious illustration of this in the trial of Resu, this week, who was found guilty of deliberately poisoning both his first and second wife and his son, by the death of each one -of whom he was a pecuniary gainer, which furnished the motive of the crime. He was sus- pected of murdering his brother ten years before for the same reason. The jury found him guilty with extenuating circum- stances.' Cain was virtuous compared with this .man, but Cain was not liable to capital punishment. He was only condemned to wander about the earth, with hell in his heart.