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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 16, 1913, Image 4

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WORLD DEMANDS JUSTICE JFOR MENDEL
BEILIS, ON TRIAL FOR "RITUAL MURDER"
Kiev, Russia, Oct. 16. Confronted
on one side with the necessity of giv
ing a victim to the-Jew-b'alting Rus
sians and their czar-on the other
side with the necessity of placating
a civilized world that has lifted its
hand in horror at racial hatred, and
demanded justice, the prosecution in
the case of Mendel Beilis, charged
with "ritual murder" is struggling in
a hopeless battle.
The contention of the defense that
the murder was the result of con
spiracy and that the indictment of
Beilis was brought about through the
same conspirators is strengthened by
the testimony of the prosecution's
own witnesses.
More evidence was given that Eu
gene and Valtine Cheberyak, the last
children to see the murdered boy
aUvewho have since died, were mur
dered by those seeking to convict
Beilis.
Polistchuk, a detective, who, dur
ing his testimony, interrupted the
court to smoke a cigarette, swore
that Krassovsky, former head of the
Kiev detective service, poisoned the
Cheberyak children by giving them
poisoned cakes.
Mrs. Vera Cheberyak, who is a po
lice character, and a leader of a band
of thieves, added a tale of bribery.
She has been in jail several times.
She testified that the journalist,
Brushkovsky, told hefthat her hus
band would lose his position in the
Kiev postoffice unless the, Cheber
yaks, parents and children, helped to
run down the murderer of Tushinsky.
However, as the two Cheberyak
children who are dead would have
been the most valuable witnesses for
the Jew, Beilis, and as Vera is be
lieved to have endeavored to per
suade a boy to testity that he had
seen Beilis dragging the-Yushinsky
boy toward an oven in "the brickyards,
her testimony has no value. .
Ludmilla Cheberyak, sister of the
two dead children, and child of Vera
Cheberyak, testified that she had
seen Beilis kidnap the murdered boy,
but her testimony was flatly contra
dicted by Eudovic Nakonetchny, an
other child.
The manager of the brick works
where Beilis was employed testified
that the Jew was at'work on the day
of the murder, which was not a holi
day. '
The detective Polistchuk added
further sensation to his testimony by
telling of the death-bed scene of the
boy, Eugene Cheberyak. Polistchuk
declared the boy was trying to tell
Bomething, but his mother kept re-'
peating: "Say I am not to blame, gay4
I am not to blame," and, exhausted,
the boy replied: "Leave me alone,
mother."
Evidence .had pointed strongly to
thieves associated with the Cheber
yak wofcaan as the murderers of the
boy because he possessed certain se-'
crets of theirs, upon which he had;
stumbled, and the Cheberyak woman',
wished evidently to force Eugene
who was the last child with the Yush
insky boy, to clear her of any susi
picion.
Beilis described to the court theJ
method by which unleavened bread
is' made. He said a rabbi was always
near to insure cleanliness and strict
observance of the ritual
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL
CONVENTION TO PROTEST
New York- jRev. John Howard,
Melish, rector of Holy Trinity church,"
Brooklyn, declares that i." resolution
will be passed by the Protestant Epls-1
copal convention, condemning the
"ritual murder" trial, and it will be
cabled to the Metropolitain of the
Holy Orthodox Church of Russia and
telegraphed to the Russian ambas
sador at Washington.
"We call upon the archbishops!
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