In dealing with the Sandhurst cadet who pleaded guilty to robbing other cadets, as reported in our mail telegram of yesterday, Mr. Justice Bray adopted a course which will commend itself to most people who believe in tempering justice with mercy. He declined to send the lad to prison because "he was quite satisfied that it would not be for his good," and in binding him over to come up for judgment when called upon, told him "not to despair." It would be an excellent thing if this wise and merciful attitude were more generally adopted, even in the case of offenders who are less respectably connected than the son of a general officer. If a judge before sentencing a person who is not an habitual criminal thought carefully over the question whether it would be for his good that he should go to prison, or if while visiting him with the penalties of the law he cheered him with a few words of hope and comfort, instead of crushing him with some pitiless censure, it is possible that the number of "irreclaimables" would be sensibly lessened.
THE MAHARAJ KUMAR
The Maharaj Kumar has been twice to Europe. He is a great sportsman, and there is hardly a work of public utility in Bihar in which he does not take a leading part. He has given a donation of Rs 50,000 to the Gaya water-works, and is paying Rs 200 a month to the Bihar National College at Bankipore. He is vice-president of the Bihar Landholders’ Association, and was one of the representatives of the landholders of the Patna and Bhagalpore divisions in the late Bengal Council. He now represents the landholders of Patna division in the Bihar Council and the landholders of the province of Bihar and Orissa in the Imperial Council. I consider it an especial compliment to be the guest of such a man.
15 June, 1913