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sloner of Immigration Frederick C.
Howe of this city.
In Calicia Sichinsky is acclaimed a
hero by the Little Russians, a people
holding territory iarger than Ger
many. A hero because he shot and
killed the governor ofGalicia on be
half of his oppressed people.
In America officials of the Austrian
government hold that the act, strip
ped of its political aspects, is a plain
case of murder and therefore Sichin
sky can and should be extradited on
such a charge.
Eight months ago Sichinsky enter
ed this country under an assumed
name. Today he reveals himself
admits slaying the Galician governor,
of escaping from prison in his own
country in a sensational manner, of
entering ttusJjHBitry under an alias
and nqw thM himself upon the
mercy of Unifed States officials and
' asks "What is my status here?"
By his act he has created a situa
tion witnout precedent in this coun
try. Sichinsky's story begins in 1908.
' The prologue years before during
which time Austrian officials had de
frauded and oppressed and ground
under an iron heel some 34,000,000
Ukrainians. The climax came in
1908, when electroral frauds became
more than could be endured and the
Ukrainians through their deputies in
the Galician diet threatened an up
rising. Then it was that a delegation of
students from the University of Lem
berg, Sichinsky among them, called
upon Count Pototsky, governor and
hated foe of the Ukrainians.
During the audience thegovernor
wps shot down and Sichinsky arrest
ed for the crime. As he was led away
"I am no criminal! I have acted
in behalf of my oppressed people."
From the moment Sichinsky was
thrown into dungeon in the great
Stpnislaw prison an Organized cam
paign was started to effect his escape, i
Never in the records of prison escapes
was thereone as unusual as this.
A "Society for the Escape of Sich
insky" came into being. The progress
of its work and the growth of its
subscription lists was published in the
daily newspapers and the authorities
in fear of an uprising did nothing to
Finally, one night in 1911 Sichin
sky made his escape. His cell door tr
was thrown open and a bundle of
clothes tossed in. "These he donned,
then crept to the great gateway,
where he found two turnkeys who
had been bribed, ready to spirit him
away in an automobile.
He was taken to a remote Ukrain
ian village, and then in .various disr
guises made his way through Aus
tria, and Germany into Sweden.
There he stayed until the war broke
out, when he daringly ventured back
to his own country in the role of war
correspondent Twice he was arrest
ed, but each time released without his
real identity becoming known.
Finally, warned by his friends that
he was tempting fate to far, he came
to America. That was eight months
ago. Since then he has chafed under
the thought that he entered and has
been living here under an assumed
name. He told friends he intended to
confess and then see if this "land of
the free" would shield him or send
him back as a murderer to a prison
or death in Austria. So a few days
ago he told his story to the immigra
tion officials the whole story.
Now he asks: "What am I here
murderer or hero?"
Stock brokers in Wall street are
raking off $1,500,000 weekly as com
missions. It does .so remind one of
that old-fashioned game called "stud W1
poker," wherein everything finally
went into the cute little hole in tne .
Over 500 New Yorkers ae assess
ed" on personal property valued at
$1,000,000 or more.