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THE RAILWAY SPY SYSTEM.

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THE RAILWAY SPY SYSTEM. The Daily Telegraph has the following :â" Espionage Is a practice not loved by the British public. Even the v detectives employed to surprise and discover the 61ite f the criminal classes are only tolerated because there is a species of warfare perpetually on foot between the professed depredator and the law. The detectives, and still more the private inquiry office, may be used for the most freprehensible purposes. Two railway guards have lately sited their lives, not in the execution of their duty, in playing the part of volunteer detectives. One set self the shameful task of imitating a mythic personage in the Godiva legend. He thought fit to spy into the privacy of two travellers, a lady and gentleman, who happened to be alone in a carriage, and who turned out to be man and wife; and the spy paid for his curiosity with his life The second guard was more probably bent on discovering genuine crime. The Lon- don, Chatham, and Dover Company have suffered con- siderably from thieves, who have stolen brasses, curtains, and horsehair out of the carriage cushions. The guard crawled along the carriages to detect these plun- derers, and not keeping a sharp look-out for bridges, he lost his life by striking against a girder. Now, we are far from censuring the dead man for his zeal; but the coroner was quite right when he said that if this sort of espionage were continued there would be an end of comfort in railway travelling, and he pointedly censured the practice of crawling along the carnages to watch passengers as an offence against the decency of society The amateur detective may be cfccused, but the amateur spy is wholly inexcusable. The remedy might be found in the adoption of something like the American carriages, with the proviso that those who desire to hire private coupes may secure the luxury by paying for it. At all events, society should demand that espionage, a ready means of extortion, should e. J If watching is necessary, let it be done openly d under the responsibility of official orders.'

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