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Brandt came to the bank Schiff,
says he had "eminent alienists"
examine him. They found him
sane, and the valet was turned
over to the police. At the time he
was 20 years old.
Howard S. Gans, Schiff's law
yer, is said to have visited Brandt
many times in his cell. The pur
pose of these visits is unknown.
It is but one of the many mys
terious occurrences connected
with the case. Schiff is also sup
posed to have called, but .the vis
itors' register is strangely miss
ing, and this cannot be proved.
Why is the register missing? No
one seems to know.
Gans asked Detective .Mc
Laughlin, city chief, to report on
Brandt's record. Detective Wool
ridge submitted a long list of
crooked dealings against Brandt.
These have been proved fictitious.
Who inspired this record? It is
reported that Gans wrote a letter
to McLaughlin asking for a rec
ord that would insure a heavy
It is charged that Gans, Schiff,
McLaughlin, Rosalsky and a man
named Rothschild -held a confer
ence at the Criterion club March
31, 23 days after Brandt was- ar
rested. Rosalsky and Schiff have
March 27 Judge Rosalsky was
informed that Brandt had made
a confession. The next day Carl
Fischer Hansen, Schiff's friend,
was retained as Brandt's attor
ney. Hansen has since been dis
barred. Hansen now says that
Brandt told him he had confessed
burglary, "but it is all right, be-
cause Schiff had promised if he
made that plea that he would be
pardoned in a year, and would
get money enough to take him
'back to Sweden and set him up m
April 4, 1907, Brandt was
brought before Judge Rosalsky,
who "read and accepted Detective
Woolridge's report, though not
sworn to, and sentenced Brandt
to 30 years in the penitentiary.
When Brandt 'had seveti two
years he began-to try for a. par
don or new, trial. A fellow con
vict wrote to Senator N'elson that
the ex-valet was a "martyr for a
woman." Gov. Dix was forced
by public clamor to investigate.
He ordered the case closed and
that Brandt be forbidden to see a
lawyer. The case hung fire until
the last few weeks, when the
habeas corpus proceedings before
Judge Gerard reopened it.
District Attorney Whitman
has declared that as a result of
the grand jury investigation of
Brandt's first sentence he expects
indictments for conspiracy, and
has inferred that he exepcts
Schiff and Gans to be among
The entire case bristles with1
question marks. ' Why did not
Schiff have Brandt arrested -when
he found him in his house? Why
'did he wait three days? Why'
did he ask that a record be pre
pared against Brandt? Why was
Brandt given the outrageous sen
tence (in the circumstances) of
These and a hundred other
questions are being probed by the