INJUSTICE OF ENGLISH JUSTICE.
"Count John Tyszkiewiez, a Russian gentleman, was yesteiday afternoon robbed, in Fleet Street, of his purse, containing ten sovereigns and six shillings, by a young man, a well-known thief, of the name of Nelson ; who was immediately secured, taken to Bow Street, and committed. On being bound in the usual recognizances, the Count declared the impossibility of his remaining in England for that purpose, as his leave of absence had expired, and the Russian laws were very severe in case of exceeding it ; and on persisting in his determination to depart immediately, the recognizances were increased to 100/. for himself and 50/. each for the sureties."—Morning Herald.
Monstrous oppression ! And though this may seem an ex- treme case, yet cases of great hardship are frequent; and being frequent, some remedy ought to be provided for them. Might not a deposition on oath, accompanied by cross-examination, be sub- stituted on 'such occasions ?—or, better still, a summary trial, with moderate but certain punishment? An Englishman feels the in- justice of being punished for the performance of a duty to the laws of England ; and how much more aggrieved must the foreigner feel ? In this and similar instances, the prosecutor is mulcted in ulterior penalties, if he perform this duty,—such as the loss of passage-money, or two or three months' detention in a foreign land, or other lighter inconveniences, which might all be obviated. The improved facilities for administering justice by the new arrangements in the Central Criminal Court, have materially lessened delay ; but a day or two may make a difference of two or three months to an individual having urgent business.
Count JOHN TYSZKIEWIEZ, had he known what was in store for him, would have run off as if he had been thief NELSON. The Czar has such a paternal regard for his subjects, that he is likely to visit this slight of his affectionate commands by severe punishment ; for Russian Emperors do not condescend to listen to reason. Who knows but that, while the thief NELSON is comfortably settled in Van Diemen's Land, the Count Jourt may be altogether unsettled in comfortless Siberia?