Birch for Ruffian.


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“There is too much maudlin sentimentality lavished on young ruffians like you,” said the Recorder, Sir Ernest Wild, K.C., at the Old Bailey yesterday, when John Bussey, aged 21, a shop assistant, and Frederick James Braithwaite, 19, a labourer, pleaded guilty to robbing a messenger boy.

Bussey, who had previously been sent to Borstal, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment and 15 strokes of the birch, and Braithwaite, who was given a good character, was ordered to be kept in custody till the January Sessions.