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That was Just before last Christ
mas. Today Henry Siegel is headed to
ward Chicago "to start all over
He is at liberty by-grace of the in
structions of Supreme Court Justice
Clark to the jury which tried Siegel
for grand larceny.
Immediately after the failure Sie
gel and his former partner, Frank
Vogel, were indicted by a New York
city grand jury on 14 counts.
Vogel died before the trial. Siegel
obtained a change of venue to Ge
neseo, N. Y., on the ground that the
people of New York were prejudiced
against him and he could not get a
fair trial there.
Fifteen days ago Siegel's trial
started at Geneseo. The technical
ties put forward by Siegel's attorney,
John B .Stanchfleld, were so many
and so intricate that the state was
forced to spend thousands of dollars
a day on the trial.
Yesterday the evidence was all in.
Supreme Justice Clark began his
charge to the jury, the charge that
brought Siegel from out of the
shadow of the penitentiary.
Clark told the jury he had grave
doubts as to the validity of the grand
larceny charge against Siegel. He
went further. He suggested to the
jury that the grand larceny charge
be disregarded entirely and one of
misdemeanor only considered.
The supreme judge went over this
again and again and finished by tell
ing the jury that if they believed Sie
gel meant to repay the money at the
time he took it the verdict could only
be one of misdemeanor.
Siegal, of course, always has said
he meant to repay the money, that he
never meant to sink all the money of
his depositors in his wild attempts to
break into European high society.
In the face of Judge Clark's in
structions, the jury could do little ex
cept return a verdict finding Siegel
guilty of a misdemeanor.
This the jury did. , .
Stanchfield, Siegel's attorney, Im
mediately gave out a statement say
ing the verdict -was a "great victory
for Siegel," and asked that sentence
be passed at once.
Then came the closing of the
drama, the freeing of SiegeL
Justice Clark began by lecturing
the former "merchant prince." He
was severe. He told Siegel he had w
been "very careless."
And he sentenced Siegel to pay a
fine of $1,000 and to a term of ten
months in prison.
The face of the former "merchant
prince" became mottled and flushed.
His mouth worked nervously. Beads
of sweat stood on his forehead. He
But the judge had not finished.
"Is it true, Mr. Siegel," he asked,
"that you hope to repay the deposit
ors who lost money through you?"
Siegel moistened his lips.
"I I hope to earn it," he stammer
ed. "I have promises to the effect that
I can. make a substantial payment."
"In that case," said the judge. "I
shall suspend the prison sentence un
til the second Monday in June, 1915.
On that date you must appear in
court here. You will be freed in the
meantime on $25,000 bail."
Siegel's friends, who crowded the
courtroom, applauded wildly. There
was none from the East Side of New
York in the courtroom.
Siegel walked out of the courtroom
free. He was asked what his plans
"I am going to Chicago," he said,
"to begin all over again at the bot
tom." He did not explain what he meant j.
by "beginning all over again at the W
The Siegel-Cooper store at State
and Van Buren street here has denied
over and over again, in statements
given to the trust press, that it had
any connection with Siegel.
But, in the course of the trial, it
was shown that up to the time of the
failure of., Siegel's other. -stores.. theu.