' When the citizens of Sosaria organized to form their new world, they adopted eight virtues of behavior.' Since that time we. the people, have tried to live up to that ideal. last night in Nujelm it became obvious that we have lost our way. The members of the Royal Investigators captured the revolutionary Koba in Skara some time ago and he has been held in the jail in Nujelm since then. Last night after foiling an attempt by Rob Spear, his second-in -command, to free him there was discussion as to what action should be taken regarding Koba. Some present wanted him to be executed and the remainder wanted him to be held for trial. The Sultan decided that his fate would be decided by vote and all there split into two groups those for summary execution and those favouring a trial. To Sosarias detriment I have to report that by 11 votes to 10 it was decided that he was to be executed with no trial at a future date to be announced. This is contrary to any rule of law, this is mob justice pure and simple. Where are the virtues by which we supposedly live in this decision? If you look none will be found. The virtues have been abandoned. If this is done those of us who helped capture him will have his blood on our hands for doing so. I hold no brief for Koba, I too think he should die and his guilt is evident but this should be proven under the law. The clamour for his death by summary execution is not justice and it will not be justice it will be MURDER, no more and no less. Under mob rule who will be next? Rob Spear? his hands are as bloody as Kobas he has as much to answer for, and then who?. All citizens under the law are entitled to the protection of that law and even the most despicable are entitled to a fair trial. We have already seen the start of the erosion of the rule of law when the Mayor of Jhelom oredered an attack on Moonglow, an attack which was unjustified and for which he has not been brought to account. I was overjoyed with the reappearance of Dupre and for me it held out hope that he would perhaps become our future king. However I would point out that Dupre's guiding virtue is Honor, the decision last night suggests to me that we have lost our honor, I wonder if he would consent to rule a realm without honor and ruled by the will of the mob untempered by Justice. I can only hope that before it happens reason prevails and the decision reversed. I have no wish to look back and think that I helped capture a man who was then murdered by some of his captors.