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en to loinely work after working
hours, sensitively conscious each in
his own sphere of the social ghetto
which still surrounds the Jew.
Beilis was inducted when the police
knew that their chief witness was a
"onsort and receiver for thieves.
Leo Prank was-indicted after the
authorities learnedthat a negro of
criminal record had written the notes
'ound beside the dead girl.
Every unprejudiced student of the
ritual murder case believed Mendel
Beilis falsely accused. Every impar
tial student of theh Atlanta case be
lieves Prank to be innocent.
At Kiev, Mons. Mistchuk, commis
sioner of criminal investigation, and
three of his assistants were dismissed
from the detective bureau because
they would not ignore essential evi
dence in order to convict a probably
Mons. Krassovsky, chief of depart
ment investigation, "resigned" from
office declaring that in whatever way
he went he always returned to Vera
Cheberiak and the notorious criminal J
gang whose members were the first
to throw suspicion on the prisoner, t
To their credit be it said that three
American detectives also resigned,
rather than further the persecution,
of Leo Prank.
The dragnet of the Russian police
swept up as witnesses against the
prisoner children, spies, police and
convicts; Singaevsky and his accom
plice, Rudzinsky, were brought from
penal2 Siberia to testify trivialities.
One old beggar woman, Anna the
Wolf, the only person who was sup
posed to have seen Beilis seize the
little boy, was dragged into court,
where she laughed away the story.
At Kiev the claim was made that
the commandment "Thou shalt ftot
kill" applies, according to the rabbis,
only to the murder of Jews, not to
members of another race. There
fore the Jewish faith permits obtain
ing the Christian blood for Pascal
That is a lie. But the falsehood is
no more grotesque than the slander
spread from Atlanta that the tenents
of the Jewish faith forbid the viola
tion of a Jewess, but condone that of
a Christian woman.
Finally the Russian government
and the commonwealth of Georgia
based their case against two accused
men on the uncorroborated word of
two witnesses, both notoriously un
worthy of belief.
Jim Conley, the one witness
against Leo M. Prank, is a negro of
vicious reputation with a criminal
Except for a difference in race that
description applies word for word to
Vera Cheberiak, chief accuser of
In Atlanta the vicious negro, in '
Kiev the prostitute were accidentally
caught attempting to conceal-blood
stained clothing. Each told four or
five contradictory and practically in
criminating stories. Each was cas
ually released. Each denied having
been where the body was found. Fin
ally each confessed knowledge of the
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