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NEW YORK LETTER.
New York, May 20. Samuel
Loewy, thief and hero, is not to
end his life within prison walls.
Carried into court on a stretch
er, he feebly pleaded guilty to an
indictment charging grand lar
ceny. Then Judge Crain suspend
ed sentence and ordered him dis
charged. Loewy was employed by a fur
house. Valuable skins-were miss
ed. Detectives were put at work.
In December, 1908, Loewy was
indicted, charged with the theft
of 10 sable pelts, valued at $1,50.
The accused man obtained bail,
and in the course of some weeks
became a salesman for a diamond
firm. He made good and was both
liked and trusted by his employ
ers. He carried with him on his
trips a small fortune in gems.
In February, 1910, Loewy was
in San Francisco for his firm. One
day, after he had returned to his
room in a hotel, carrying his case
filled with diamonds, there came
a knock t his door. Loewy went
to the door and opened it, think
ing a friend whom he expectedv
had come, . '
A stranger stepped into the
jroom, covered Loewy with a re
volver and demanded the dia
monds. Ignoring the pistol,
Loewy made a dash for his case,
which was on a chair. The rob
ber opened fire on him and put
.several bullets into his body.
Loewy fell bleeding to the
floor. His assailant opened thejjii
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case, stuffed a quantity of dia
monds into his pockets and fled.
Loewy was taken to a hospital,
where he lay for months between
life and death. One bullet had
gone through his left lung and
came out of his back, breaking
two, ribs. After going through
several operations the wounded
man finally improved enough to
be brought east and taken to his
home in the Bronx.
But he failed to get well, and
lately began to sink. The doctors
told him he might live but a few
weeks. Then came a summons
under the dd indictment, and the
man who had offered his life in
defense of one employer's prop
erty confessed to his robbery of
another, and, received the mercy