FICTION: Devil's Island

CONDEMNED TO DEVIL'S ISLAND—Blair Niles—Harcourt Brace ($3.00).

The Indictment. Every year France sends a dismal shipload of some 700 convicts to her penal colony in French Guiana —north of Brazil, southeast of Venezuela. Here the condemned, one-half of whom die in the first year, eke out a prison sentence with hard labor, followed by continued exile; the avowed purpose being: "expiation of crime, regeneration of the guilty, and the protection of Society." That the purpose has been sadly travestied is common gossip abroad, but Blair Niles went to see for herself.


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