Published in The New York Times, August 4, 1895
A GREEK JUDGE’S SENTENCE
From The London Daily News.
A curious judgment was pronounced the other day by a Judge in a court of law at Volisso, in the Island of Scio. An action for damages was brought by two persons against the local railway company for losses sustained by a collision. It appeared that a man had lost an arm and a young woman had lost her husband. The Judge – a Greek – assessed the damages thus: He gave 6,000 paistres to the man for the loss of his arm, and 2,000 to the woman for the loss of her husband. At this there were loud murmurs, whereupon the Judge gave his reasons in these terms: “My dear people, my verdict must remain, for you will see it is a just one. Poor Nikola has lost his arm, and nothing on earth can restore that priceless limb. But you, (turning to the woman) you are still young and pretty. You have now some money; you will easily find another husband, who possibly may be as good – perhaps better – than your dead lord. That is my verdict, my people. And so it must go forth.” So saying, the Judge left the hall. The people cheered him, and congratulated themselves on having such a Judge.
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