4 MARCH 1865, Page 2

Mr. Justice Montague Smith on Thursday lost a chance at

Leicester of remedying a great abuse. Fanny Milnes, servant to the postmistress of M thou Mowbray, was charged with stealing four letters. She had not stolen them, but had secreted in order to read them, suspecting apparently that they contained valentines. The judge let her off with a week's imprisonment, which probably met flip individual case, the girl being merely an inquisitive fool, but was insufficient as an example. There is not a nuisance more common or more annoy- ing in the country than this trick of reading letters in the post office. Postmistresses and their employes are always doing it, and a practical hint as to the grave danger of the practice would improve their morals amazingly.