Debates on the Law on Thefts of Wood

Marx, Karl
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Publisher:  Rheinische Zeitung
Year Published:  1842  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX10944

A deputy from the knightly estate mentioned that in the neighbourhood of Cleve many wood thefts took place merely in order to secure arrest and prison fare. Does not this deputy from the knightly estate prove precisely what he wants to refute, namely, that people are driven to steal wood by the sheer necessity of saving themselves from starvation and homelessness? Is this terrible need an aggravating circumstance?

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