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Once again men have been detected stealing from the lockers in the gymnasium. Last week two freshmen were caught in the very act of taking a watch and a pocket book from one of the lockers. For years the number of thieves detected in the gymnasium has been growing larger and larger. No one can feel certain that anything he may leave in his locker will be there when he returns for it. The question is when is this state of things coming to an end? Manifestly not when two individuals who have been committing systematic robbery, are allowed to go free after paying a fine of fifteen dollars. Yet such was the penalty that the court of Cambridge saw fit to inflict on the aforesaid freshmen. When thieves can systematically steal with a small risk of detection, in spite of the watchful vigilance of those in charge of the gymnasium, and when, if detected, they can go scott free by paying a sumequal to not one quarter of what they stole, it is not likely that the evil will be abolished very soon, Such outrageous, make-believe justice, will encourage thieving far more than it will discourage it. The security of property demands that men who steal shall be punished as criminals, and it is a demand that must be respected. The Cambridge police and justices have always shown a remarkable degree of zeal in punishing with severity small offences. Now when men who have committed actual crime are brought for trial, they are dismissed with a fine of fifteen dollars. The circumstance, to view it in the most favorable light, has an unpleasantly suspicious color.

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