In the mornings, onetime Boxer Sydney Robey Leibbrandt punched his shadow about his cell. In the afternoons, he ranted Nazi cant. At night, he ignored his comfortable prison bed for a wooden bench. Three days of each month, he fasted.

Brought to trial for treason in South Africa (TIME, Dec. 28), Sydney Leibbrandt turned out to be a German agent, who arrived in a U-boat to organize sabotage and rebellion against Field Marshal Smuts's Government. Last week in Pretoria, at the end of the Union's longest treason trial, the judge asked sneer-faced Sydney if he wished to say anything. Up...

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