Inspector of Prisons Now Prisoner Himself
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Inspector of Prisons Now Prisoner Himself

From inspector of prisons to prisoner, from respect and authority to contempt and confinement, has been the fortune of Reich, the Inspector of Prices in the Odessa District. When the old archives of the Odessa Governor General were looked into, it was discovered that Reich, who had been an anarchist but had joined the communists after the revolution, had acted as an agent provocateur for the Odessa Gendarmerie of the Ozarist regime, and had been the informer to the police of an anarchist attack upon a bank in Kishineff in which he himself participated. Reich, who occupied a very prominent position among the communists of Odessa, was tried by the revolutionary tribunal for

his treachery to his comrades, and he is now confined in the same prison of which he was once the overseer.

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