The trial of Daisuke Namba, arrested for attempting to kill the Prince Regent by firing a shot at him (TIME, Jan. 7), drew to an end.

Chief Justice Yokota of the Supreme Court said in summing up:

"Daisuke has made a blot upon Japanese history. He believed in violence and had determined to kill the Prince Regent. He committed a great crime in attempting to injure the imperial family, which has never oppressed the poor."

Then, donning the black hat, he solemnly condemned Namba to be hung by the...