Foreign News: Drunken Cobbler

Eleven ragged, unshaven railroad men went on trial for their lives in the theatre of a Moscow club last week. They were three engineers, three firemen, four conductors and a station master, charged with responsibility for the deaths of 68 passengers, injuries to 128 others, in a triple wreck at Kosina, near Moscow (TIME, Jan. 18). That same day four Siberian railmen had been sentenced to death before a firing squad for "gross criminal negligence" in causing a wreck.* Wives, kinsfolk and 1,000 curious Muscovites crowded the smoky room. Fierce, Trotskyish Chief Prosecutor...

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