In many of the great cities of Eorope whenever a great festival is about to take place all the questionable and suspicious characters are "urged" by the pólice to take a few days' airing in the country and to disappear for a time from their accnstomed haunts. This is found preferable to putting them under lock and key. In Petersburg and Moscow and in Vienna those who do not leave of their own accord on being thus pressed are shipped off by the pólice in a special train, and Japan has recently adopted the same excellent custoru. Now, whenever a popular pageant is about to take place the Soshi-no-Kisha. or "train of blackguards, " niay be seen Bteaming away into the country with its freight of known and suspected malefactors.