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application to ths Governor nor liar we
been permitted to see the District Attorney'
report to ths Governor.Jtlthough the Attor
ney.General stated at tho hearing before
rotamlseioner Hand that he placed It Im
evidsnce. My request to the District
Attorney for a copy ha been refused and
1 am told that no copy has been filed with
Commissioner Hand.
I have reached the decision to make'thls
statement very reluctantly because I
naturally shrink from making public my
private, affairs, Hut for a month some
newspapers of the city have been full of
false charges, Insinuations, Innuendoes and
accusations of almost every conceivable
character, from almost every conceivable
source. .Mr. dans and I have been accused
of conspiring to defeat the ends of Justice,
of dishonestly Influencing an upright Judge,
of "railroading" nu Innocent young man
to State prison to serve a long sentence,
of Inducing llrandt by raise promises or
leniency to plead guilty of a crime which
he did not commit, and Anally of inhumanly
seeking by improper methods to keep an
Innocent man in prison after his Innocence
had been proved. Kvery one who has had
anything to do with the conviction of
llrandt or the opposition to Ids release,
from the .Indue who sentenced him and
the Governor who refused to pardon him
to the officers who caused his arrest, has
been subjected to mlsrepreentatlon and
abuse. Bulletins of supposed proceedings
In the (Irand Jury room have appeared
Almost daily In the newspapers without
contradiction, public officials have vied
with one another In supporting the efforts
of Brandt's counsel to secure his freedom
and this confessed thief, embezzler, forger
and confirmed criminal has been held up
before the community as a martyr entitled
to public sympathy and support. Worst of
all, by carefully devised Innuendo and
Insinuation, more effective than direct
statement, certain newspapers have sought
to attack my honor and to create an Im
pression that my efforts to secure Urandt's
conviction and to oppose his applications
for clemency were designed to hide some
mystery which If made public would dis
grace nnd degrade me before the com
munity. To refute the cowardly statements re
cently made by counsel employed for.
llrandt by a newspaper and widely cir
culated In some of the newspapers that It
was my counsel und I who first dragged
the name of Mrs Sen Iff into this case one
haa but to read tho New York American
and certain other newspnpers beginning
with the Issues of January St, 11112 1 have
therefore decided that in self-protection
nnd In Justice to nil those who have been
maligned during the past month of hysteria
I should make this statement of the facts.
Brandt's Employment and Discharge.
In' the summer of too, while living at
roy country place at Oyster Bay, L. 1 . I
employed llrandt, then masquerading under
the name of Lawrence I)e Foulke, as a
household servant Before the summer
was over he wan discharged for remaining
In town over night on several occasions
without permission A few weeks later,
after we returned to town, Brandt applied
for reemployment, and as there had been
some difficulty in finding a competent man
to replace him he was reengaged by the
butler lie remained In my employment
until February u. 1007 Late on the after
noon of that day he handed Mrs Schiff an
envelope nnd asked her to read the letter
which It contained. This letter, which
proved to be an Impudent declaration of
affection, threw. Mrs Hchlff Into such n
state of alarm that she locked herself up
In the nursery nith the children and awaited
iny arrival, when she handed the letter to
me. I Immediately directed the butler to
discharge Brandt, to give him the Ko wages
due htm to date and to see that he left the
house nt once These orders were carried
out. The following is a copy of the letter
which caused Brandt's discharge:
Brandt's First Letter to Mrs. Srhlff.
Miitr: Jf. I.. Srhll,
"DganMT Lapt: Please have Indulgence
and pardon my liberty, which I have taken
by writing your this for me so Important
and particular letter.
"Dearest Lady as you may perhaps re
member that I ones last Autumn left your
services, and th reason why I came bak
to 1911 perhaps you never realized or by any
means surmlied. It was for you, yes; but
1 must tell you dear Lady, it is on this par
ticular iiulstlon t have based my darelng
Intrusion to write you.
"By doing this I put my future on a hazard,
which may be ruin my life for some time,
or It will bring me magnificent thoughts
of coming;
"I am a poor fellow but I have a heart
which I would part with to a l.ndu which (
love dearest ou earth ("it Is you dearest
Lady.") I nm perfectlya lone In this coun
try no real friends no relations whatever.
I do not mU up with the servants us I find
more pleausur to associate with peopel
, better than 1 am.
"I do not know If you are Interest or like
ray person but I do know that I am awtly
fond of you. In every respect I like and ad
mire you emenskllg My feelings towards
you dear Lady has grown every day in larger
"Inside my heart is the eternal feeling's
which can not be expressed in word fonly
actions can apeak. "I
"Day and night, until the slumber takes
rae away, 1 think of you dear I. mil. It Is
restless thoughts which never lives my
1 was born a Barop my mother a Baroneits
died 3 years after my birth. She was wealthy
I when she died, but 1 was born one year be
, fore she gott married, Sim had heart trouble
which took her uway Htiddenly, without
'to have written any legacy, mi much was
, left to my stepfather for my education In
8 years, that all, 1 nine to this country
years ago to try my best, and to help
my stepfather which Is In n ratltrr poor
financial nffairs with s dottors. The only
thing I have to ha proud of Is my health
1 and my mother' deir decended nobility
, blood, so, 1 wns born n Gentleman and I
t shall always be In the honor of my mothers
"I will not tire you nny longer, but If you
i have the si I test liking or sumpthly for me,
who thinks the world of you, I wish of my
1 heart you would use me and hnve confedence
I In me, I am not ablo to marry nor Ider
ran I because you Madam has me with body
i i. soul you maybo do not know or believe
it, but I take God as a sufficient ado to It,
, One sentence here omitted by Tiik Spn.J
"Trust me, as you only true friend, money
thoes not make true friend of heart, hear,
, 1 am here to you purpose take me and muke
use of me and give m a friends hand
throught this weary world of illness.
iYou have power to Hend me out on the
Htreet I can gett a place easy enoff but to
think of It makes me feel sorry I trust you
' because in your eyes 1 have read something
which 1 never read iu any woman,
"I hope you will from time to time give
me a little place In your mind and heart
and remember nm as one who thinks the
' orld nnd nil of tou; lovingly, It. Ii.de. K
"P. S. This Is free country and I have
a right to Love you if I want but it Is up to
. you If you want to think anything of me
and consider me as a friend. V
"For mercy don't show this to your hus
band or anybody
"Let roe know your thought throught a
note please. It would make me happy
This is the first letter which Brandt ad
dressed to Mrs. Hchlff or to myself and it
Jtss the first revelutlon to us of his char
acter. About three days after nrandt'a dis
charge Mrs. Hchlff received a letter from
him expressing regret for his conduct and
asking for a reference. The following Is h
ropy of this letter.
Brandt's Second letter, Written Three
Days After. Ills Discharge.
TurnspAT, U Fsb. 07
. Jlrs. U f. Hthtf
Dar Madam Pardon ray llbartr, but I
Ins tut Small Oar Montr Can la,.
tM M. P.
Ha sell
Long j
sjtrofe at
W A, W
ftaklsh Dfsttn.
All Moving Parts Knclnted.
170 HIIOAUWAY, Cor. Uth St.. X. V.
DHOOKl.YN. N. Y.: 1) l.lvtniitou St.
NKWAItK, N. J.: HI Italsey si.
East Orange. Uunlelalr. Motion.
must write this few lines. Alt I want to
say Is concerning my own person
"Vou might have a very bad opinion of
me, after the eve of d. it Feb. I ara very
poor Madam, and 1 cannot afford nor stand
for a months vacation as I have no money
I had Just send most of my money home
o my father of my last months wages so
when Mr. Hchlff send me away the only
money I had was the 201 hi give William
to me - '
"Vou know madam that hven you engaged
me for the first time you may perhaps
remember that my references where first
"Now 1 will ask you madam to pardon me
and for mercy write me a reference, you
know If I wns honest, sober, witling. In
dustrious or a good waiter. You know
which I was
"Madam you know that I done my best
for to suit you and I have spendt about
T mo'nths In your services. And I must
state some reason's why I have no reference
during that time, the F.mployment Byron
ask me. and I don't know what to say.
If I do not gett a place soon I do not no
what It will become of me and my dear
Fader who is about SO years. Please madam
realize the fact as well as Mr. Hchlff. 1
know that my feelings towards you Madam
took the best of me but don't Judge me to
hard I am young and do not see things
as tin Hoping to receive some answer
1 have the honor to sign Your truly
15ft Fast Htreet"
To this letter I replied that In view of
Brandt's conduct no reference could be
given him.
We heard nothing further from him until
the night of the assault. March S. 1IKI7. I
can best give my account of the assault
nnd of the occurences down to the time of
Brandt s arrest and arraignment before
Magistrate Whitman br offer I nc the follow.
Ing affidavit, which I made In writing on
March 17, 1007, four days after the assault.
Written Statement Made by Schiff Four
Daya After the Assault.
"March, i;. too?.
On Friday evening, March 8. Mrs. Hchlff
and I dined at Martin's with Mr. and Mrs.
Paul M. Warburg and Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Stern and returned home In the company
of Mr. and Mrs. Warburg, reaching our
house at about M V. SI. Mr. and Mrs.
Warburg came Into the house for a few
moments, but did not go above the parlor
floor. After they left, when we went un-
stairs at about in o'clock Mrs. Hchlff went
to bed, while 1 remained In the sitting room
reading until about twenty minutes of n.
I then extinguished the lights In the sitting
room and walked through the hall, ex
tinguishing the lights as I went through
until I reached the door of my dressing
room, by which time the hall was In dark
ness. As I opened the door of my dressing
room 1 was struck a violent blow on the
head, which, however, did not render me
unconscious. I nt once sprang to the
switch and turned on the electric light, as
me room was In darkness, when I saw a
man standing over me brandishing a wooden
tenpln. At first t did not recognize who
it wns: 1 thought It to be some burglar and
said to him not to strike me again and that
I would give him what money I had with me.
"I thereupon recognized that the man
was a former servant of mine, named I.aw
renco de Foulke, whom I discharged about
n month previously. He had no shoes on,
had no coat and had slipped on a dressing
gown of mine which had been laying on a
chair. As 1 recognized him I said to htm
that I was very much surprised to see him
thern'and that lie should have fallen as low
as not only to enter my house but to at
tempt to murder me, to which lie made reply
that be bad been unable to find a position,
that he was out of work, bad no place to
sleep and did not care what hecimo of him. I
that if he did mn up he could get nway, und .
If lie was caught that lie would only get ,
two or three years. He told me to lay all
my money on the dressing table In front of
him, continuing to brandish, tho wooden
tenpin.but I lefused to give him the money
as he asked.
"In order
iler to try to nuke bliu feel that I j
fear of him I lit a cigarette and
liau no rear of III lit 1 lit a cigarette and
liegan to talk tn lilm, watching tilm In the,
maaiitlme, I tout liiiu th.it it was foolish ,
of a young man to sturt tin u career of crime;
that even If he did succeed In robbing me
and 'doing me up,' as he expressed it, und
might be able tn get away he would be
bound to be caught, and dually telling him
that if lis would consent to go quietly I
would not cull for help, but would let him
nut of the house myself I also asked him
how he got into the house und how long he
bad been there, and he lold me that he had
entered through the urea, through which
the ashes ure leiuiived: that he had been In
the house since about H o'clock nnd that he
had been awaiting my return,
"While we weie talking he placed Hie
wootlen tenpln on the floor next to hiuiMdt
itnd put his right bund at his hip potket.
I asked him why be did this, und he said
Unit be hud a revolver in 111. xcket, which
lie would use If necensary, and fuitlier
more, that If necessary lo escape arrest
he would shoot himself At first he abso
lutely refused to listen to nny Idea of going
peaceably, as he said he could not trust
me, but he finally consented to do so, I
having said to lilm that If he would go
quietly I would give him some money to
get his things nut of pawn und to get food
and lodging. I further said to Mm that 1
would try to give him another chance and
If tie came to my ofllce on Monday morning
at 0:3U A M. I would send him possibly tn
Chicago and iee whether I could give him
a fresh start My only idea of cniirseiwa
to get rid of the man and to have an oppor
tunity to consider what would be the best
tiling to do with him If lie came, He tlnallv
consented to leave, upon which I told lilm
to remove my dressing gown, which he hud 1
on to go down to the cellar, where he said
he bad his coat and shoes, and tn meet me
ut the rront door, whero I would let him
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out, Thli he did, and as I let him out of
the house 1 gave him IM.
"As soon as he was gone I alarmed the
house and saw that everything was closed
tight for the night nnd then went and In
formed Mrs. Hchlff of the occurrence. I had
a badly swollen head, which prevented
me from sleeping, and I spent the night In
making cold applications to the same. 1
would say In passing that the man knew the
habits of the house, that my butler, who Is a
married man, sleeps at home on Friday
lights, that we always go out for dinner on
Friday nights, and that after my things are
once In Id out for the night In my dressing
room.w hlch Is always done prior tod o'clock,
nobody enters that, dressing room, Before
going to bed 1 locked the door of my dressing
room, so that nothing could be disturbed
there, as I wished to make a thorough
earch In the morning, On Mnturdnv morn
Int I vailed, my butler, William Gilpin, tn
my dressing room, and upon examination
lie found lying upon the floor n long sliver
carving knife with n ball, of twine wrapped
around its handle, which' was kept in the
butler's pantry: a three pronged lee pick,
with n long wooden handle, which belonired
In the cellar, and the wooden ten pin, with
which had been attacked, We also found
a yellow metal bos, which wns'nn ornament
In the parlor, and which apparently dad
been taken up to my dressing room by tho
man to attack me. We also found that two
scarfplns, viz., a diamond horseshoe scarf
pin, and a small diamond horse scarfpln,
had been taken, as well as n sliver shoe
horn. We further found that an attempt
had lieen made to disconnect the bell of the
dressing room by trying to cut out the wire.
out mat this attempt was not successful.
"I thereupon sent for my physician. Dr.
Joseph Fraenkel. who examined my head
and said that I had suffered no serious In
Jury, although I would suffer some pain for
some little time, and also stated to me that
I had an extremely lucky escape, ns if the
blow had landed squarely on my head It
would doubtless have crushed mv skull.
"I later In the morning notified Plnkerton's
Detective Agency, who sent their assistant
superintendent, Mr. Itogers, to see me,
and I Instructed him to see whether they
could find nny trace of tho man, furnishing
them an address nt which he had been last
known and which had been given me for
this purpose. 1'lnkertons found no trace
of him, but on Monday morning, March II,
he appeared at to A M at my office In
the meantime I had retained Mr Howard
Cans to advise me as to the course which
1 should pursue and Informed Lawrence de
Foulke upon his arrival that I would place
him In Hie hands of Mr Gans and Mr
Rogers, above named, nnd that I would be
guided absolutely In my treatment of him
by what Mr Gans advised me. From this
point on I am not advised, except by report
as to what occurred, but In the afternoon
Mr Gans advised mo that the only action
for me to take was to lodge a criminal
complaint against the man, This advice
wns concurred In by Dm McDonald and
Mabon, who came to my office to examine
the man as lo his sanity I thereupon
appeared before Judge Whitman in the
Tombs police court and swore out a com
plaint against the man, I would further
say tn passing that the doctors Informed
me that the man stated to them that of the
IJO I had given him he had spent all but
I?: that he bad come to the office ns he felt
that he had nothing to risk by so doing,
as If he did not he would be caught anyway,
and that by his coming 1 might be Influenced
to deal leniently with him
"Mortimer L. Schipp
"Subscribed and sworn to before me this
fifteenth day of March. l07
"Kuop.nr H. Paci,.
"Notary Public 14, New York County. X.Y "
Now Pretends Another
Purpose of the
In addition to what I set forth In this
statement made at the time, I add that 1
asked Brandt the night that he broke into
the house whether he had stolen anything
while he was In the house, and he denied
.that he had taken anything. This is Im
portant in view of his subsequent men
dacious assertions that he was In the house
by invitation and that his purpose in steal
ing the pins was tn disguise what he now
pretends to be the real purpose of his visit.
Further light Is thrown on the falsity of
this absurd pretence by the fact which
appears In Dr. Mabon and Macdonald's
statements that when tpiestlnned about
the pins he told llieui that he had taken
them, but pretended not to be able to And
them, coupled with his subsequent state
ment upon his examination before Judge
ltosalsky, in which he asserted that he knew
nothing about any diamond pins and
coupled with the final proof of his men
daclty in this respect, which was furnished
by thn surrender of the diamond pins
through his counsel, Flscher-llansen.
Much has been made by Brandt's friends
of the fact that upon the occasion of the
I assault I parleyed with him, gave him SMi
'and permitted 111 in to leave the house.
having secured his promlso to t ome to my
office on the follow lug Monday. 1 pursued
office on the follow lug Monday. 1 pursued
that course because 1 was alone nt nUlit
dealing, as I suppused. with a madman
who threatened to kill me and profe-setl to
be armed with a pistol, and I desired at all
hazards to get htm out of the limine where
my wife and children were sleeping.
Brandt Passed Five Harriers.
The claim Is now made that Brandt en
tered my house through uu open door und
was not compelled tn turn a knob or lift u.
lutch to enter I poll this slender basis
rests the claim made by both tho District
Attorney nnd the Atturney-tleneral Unit
llrandt wns not. guilty of burglary In the
Hist degree To support their contention
there Is no evidence but the prisoner' mill
statement The fuels, however, are these;
lira nut suys lie enlereil the Jiouse by means
of the cellurdoor.whlch opens into the ureu
through which ashes are lemuved from the
cellar In order to enter the house from the
street by this menus Brandt wns compelled
to pass five separate barriers, tlrst the Iron
gate from Seventy-fourth street Into the
alleyway at the rear of luy house: next iin
other Iron gate from the ulleyay Into my
Iiuck yard; then a horizontal iron grating
into the ureawuy, which Is accessible from
me yuru oniy uy means oi a perpendicular
Iron ladder Finally, between the area and
the cellar there are two barriers, one u door
of Iron bars and the other a wooden door
I am ndvlaed that if Brandt opened any of
tliese liarrlers tie was guilty of burglary in
tlie first degree, When we were preparing
for the trial of this case In March, 1007,
Leonard Bourne, w ho was my cellar man nt
thn time, made a written statement that the
wooden door was closed at the time when
Brandt stated that he hud entered the
house. This statement he has recently con-
firmed In an affidavit, which my counsel
procured for District Attorney Whitman.
This affidavit Is as follows:
Affidavit of Leonard J. Bourne,
"fonnrd J. Bourne, residing at 07 Foster
street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, being
duly sworn, deposes and says:
"I am now residing at 67 Foster street.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at present
nm employed by Mr. Kdgar Pierce as
chauffeur, 1 am 21 years of age.
"On the i:tli day of October, ICO. I
entered the employ of Mr. Mortimer L.
Hchlff of New ork city as third man in
his household and 1 remained In his employ
continuously until about April 1, 1007. I
was employed by Mr. Hchlff on the 12th of
March, inoo. In the capacity of carriage
"It was part of my duty as third man
during the time of my employment by
Mr. Hclilfr to attend to the furnaces of the
steam boating plant In the cellar of Mr.
Hclilff's house at 032 Fifth avenue. It waa
a part of my duty to remove ashes from the
furnaces and send them up to the street.
This was accomplished by taking the ashes
out of the door In the rear of the cellar
which opens upon a hoist by which the
ashes are raised on a pulley to the back
yard. The opening of this hoist was during
my employment covered by a grating which
Is capable of being lifted up. The fence
around the yard was about ten feet high,
and In It there was a grate,
"On the night of March 8, 1007, at about
8 o'clock I was in the cellar of Mr. Hchlff's
house at 032 Fifth avnnuo for the imrpose
of making up a lire and I than noted that
the door loading into the holstwaa closed,
I know that it was not locked because the
key to that door had been lost for some
time and it was Impossible to lock it; but I
am sura that it was closed not only by
reason of the fact that I romember seeing
it, but because whenever that door was
opened there was created a violent
draught which would Immediately call It
to any ona'a attention. The grating cover
ing hoist was, 1 re member, open. I do not
know whether the grate leading Into the
yard was open or not. I was down In the
cellar again at II o'clock and again noticed
that the door leading into the hoist was
"I went out of the house that night at
half past it o'clock to go to my home and at
that time the gate leading into the yard
was closed. While that gate cannot be
opened from the outside by ordinary means,
it would be an easy matter for any one
desiring to get In to open It, for there Is a
wire which runs from the kitchen along the
fence to the latch of thlsigate by pulling
which the gate can be opened, and any oni
climbing on the fence could easily reach
this wire.
"I remember all these facta very clearly
because I was asked about them with great
particularity Just prior to the lath of March,
1007, and at that time executed an affidavit
as to what I then remembered very clearly.
I have recently -xead the affidavit, and this
affidavit Is practically a restatement of the
facta therein stated as to which my mem
ory his thus been refreshed.
"I.KONtRI J. Bocrnp."
The fairest way to present Brandt's story
of the assault and theft Is to offer the fol
lowing confession which he made to Detec
tive Itogers at my office on the Monday
following the assault. Brandt's present,
claim that he signed this statement under
a misapprehension of its contents is nega
tived by the fact that It iras rtptnttd on Iht
suite iau tcithout siifisfanfidf rhangt Iti Prs.
Slalnin ami Mnrdatinld, the alienists who
were called iu to examine him, as appears
from their written statements made shortly
Brandt's Confession.
"New Yiiiie, Monday, March It, 1907.
"htatement of I.iturence De Foulke made
to John W. Itogers, March tl, 1007. at the
oftlce of Kulin, 1-oeb A Co., .', William
street. New York city. v
.My name is lurence lie roulke. age
2t .years. My present address la a hotel
on I'.ast Forty-second street near Third
avenue, tho name and address I do not
know. I was born In Stockholm, .Sweden.
My father, mother and three klsters are at
preMMil in Stockholm. Sweden. I llrst
came to this country to New York city in
.NoveuiDer, loui. .viy nrsi position was
with Iilyurd Blair. Ulalrsden. N. J. I
remained with Mr. Blair between six anil
seven months. I resigned owing to a cliauge
iu hoiisekeeiiers. I then returned to New
orli was out of employment two months,
after which I took small positions until
October, t'JJ'i, when I went to wurk for
W. II. II. Hoffman, .L". West I'lfty-nrst street,
The Hoffman family went to F.urope ou the
1Mb day of July, iwoe, and 1 was obliged
to resign. 1 was out of employment one
month nnd then obtained a position with
M. L. Hchlff in August, 1900. and remained
with lilm until February, 1807, when I waa
discharged for reasons which I do not
care to state. After 1 was discharged 1
was unablu to secure a position. My funds
were getting lower every day, I was be
coming discouraged. I came to a stale
when 1 had no money to buy food and a
sudden Impulse struck me, that Is, to go
to the residence of my former employer,
M, L. Hchlff. 0.12 Fifth avenue. New York
city, and ask him for some money. On
Friday, March . ubout 0 P. M I arrived In
the vicinity of Mr. Hclilff's residence. My
first intention wns to ring the doorbell,
but thinking he would not see me, 1 entered
through the basement cellar door, whbh
I found open. I look off my shoes so as
not to make any noise going upstairs, I
went upstairs to Mr. HchlfT's dressing room
and look two diamond pins, one horseshoe
and one horse head pin,
"I then became alarmed and considering
If Mr, Hchlff was to return and find me he
would call the police, o I concluded It would
bo better to me to have a weapon lo protect
myself, so sticking the two diamond pins In
the lapel of my vest, I went down stair
lo the cellar, secured a bowling pin, und on
my way upstairs went to the panlry and
secured n curving knife, I I hen relumed to
Mr. HchlfT's dressing room, which wns In
darkness and sat In a chair. It was Just
len minutes to in o'clock when the front
door bell rang. 1 assumed this was Mr.
Hchlff. I then prepared myself, and taking
the bowling pin stood up awaiting Mr.
Hchlff. It was about half an hour later when
Mr. Hchlff entered his room, The light
from tho servants' staircase reflected nnd I
recognized him and he recognised me, and
I struck 111 id a blow on the head with the
bowling pin. lie turned on the lights. I
made no further attempt at violence, but
plnced the bowling pin on a chair, for Mr,
Hchlff said, 'I will give you money, you
should be ashamed of yourself for there Is
something good left In you yet and I will
help you and rend you to any place you want
to go," I was so excited I forgot all about the
pins, I then went downstalra, put on my
shoes and Joined Mr, Hchlff, who was stand
ing at the front door. He then handed me
fin and requested me to call at hia office at
10:30 A M, Monday. March II, which ap-
plntment 1 kept. What became of the two
plna I do not know I could not.lnd them.
After I arrived home It was my fnteatlon'o
return them this morning. The'iolld silver
shoehorn, which 1 took from Air, Hchlff's
room, I returned.
"The above statement is made of ray own
free will, without promise or reward of any
kind. Laurk.vck 11 k Foixee."
In this connection I might add that while
at my ofllce Brandt stated to Dr. MaoDonald
and Dr. Mabon that the reason he came to
the ofllce was that he felt "confident that; I
could get him anyway and -that he there
fore risked nothing by coming.
The Search of Brandt's Room and the
Letter Foun There.
As I was Informed, shortly after Brandt's
arrest the Plnkerton man, Mr, Rogers,
with Sergt. Taylor searched Brandt's room,
with his permission, to find out whether
he had any other stolen property besides
the two diamond pins. After that search
Mr. Rogers reported to me that no property
of value had been found and gave me four
papers, one of which was a pencil draught
In Brandt's handwriting of the letter to
Mrs. Hchlff which had causetl Ids discharge
and which is given above. As this draught
was, written upon my letter paper with my
address engraved at the lop and was, ad
dressed to my wife I naturally kept ft as
I hstl a right to do. The other three papers
were letters addressed to Brandt, apparently
from some maid servant t o whom he had
been attentive, They were of.no Import
ance and 1 put them In the envelope with
the other papers. After the Institution
of the recent Grand Jury proceedings my
counsel voluntarily gave lo the District
Attorney these three letters and a' copy
or the draught of the letter to Mrs. Hchlff,
offering to produce the original whenever
required. These are the letters regarding
which ao much mystery was made in some
of the newspapers. They were surrendered
voluntarily, and not upon (he demand
of the District Attorney, and no effort was
made to withhold any of them1 except the
draught of the letter to Mrs. Hchlff, which is
subject to production wherever and when
ever it may properly be required .in any
legal proceeding.
Threatened To Reflect on Mrs. Hchlff.
With the events which followed Brandt's
commitment by Magistrate Whitman until
Ida sentence by Judge ftoaaliky I
personally had very little to do, as I was
represented by my counsel, Mr. Howard
Gans. Having been assured by the alienists
Drs. Mabon and MacDonald after thor
ough Investigation that my. first theory
that Brandt was Insane was Inoorrect
there was no escape from the conclusion
that he was a dangerous criminal and
especially dangerous to my family and
myself. He had Insulted my wife, entered
my house feloniously at night, stolen my
property end assaulted me with a mur
derous weapon. Intending, as 1 then be
lleved, and still believe, to kill me.
Brandt's conduct while In the Tombs only
confirmed my opinion that he waa a danger
ous and wilful criminal and a serious menace
to the safely of my family and to the com
munity. On March 12, the day after his
commitment to the Tombs, 1 received a note
from Brandt asking me to visit him. 1 did
not go, but asked Mr. Gans to see htm,
which he did on the following day. Mr.
Gans reported to me that Brandt had aald
to him In substance that if the charge was
pressed he would make reflections upon
Mrs. Hcbirr. Mr. Gans warned him that ho
had better not tell lies about anybody.
This. Mr. Gans tells me, was bis only visit
to Brandt at the Tombs and his only con
versation with him after his commitment.
Three days later, on March IS, we received
a communication from a person who had
been confined at Police Headquarters over
night In the same cell with Brandt, to 'the
effect that Brandt had told him the circum
stances of his entry into my house, statins;
that be had entered through the "coal
scuttle," and that In the presence of my In
formant Brandt had told two professional
burglars who were In the same cell that
property of large value could be had In the
Hchlff house and In what manner and at
what time the houae could be entered'Witb
the least possible risk of discovery. '
Fissher-Ilansen Aepeara.
About March is Flacher-Hansen called
me on the telephone and told, me In sub
stance that he was Interested in the Brandt
caae, which was In the hsnds of a young
msn in his office, and that if there was any
Shlng he could do he would gladly be of
aervlce. This Is the only conversation I
ever had with Flscher-Hansen about Brandt.
I referred Flscher-Hansen to Mr. Gans. A
day or two later Mr. Gans, thinking it would
be advisable to know what FUcher-llansen
was after, wrote him suggesting a meeting.
To this letter Flscher-Hansen made no re
sponse In writing or otherwise.
On the afternoon of March si I received
a call from J. C. Rosenthal, a lawyer. I
sent for Mr. Gana. Mr. Rosenthal stated
to ua In substance that he had coma Into
the Brandt case by reason of the fact that
riacner-iianson was trying to get it away
from Brandt's nrst lawyer, Mr. Bayllss,
because of the notoriety and had offered
to act without pay. Mr. Hosenthal pro
ceeded to say that Brandt was now claiming
that be had secured admission to the house
with the assistance of Mrs. Hchlff and at her
Invitation, and that she had given him the
t wo diamond pins which he had been accused
of stealing and that Mr. Bosenthal had come
to give this Information to me as an act of
courtesy. Mr. Rosenthal aald that while
he did not believe this story to be tnie it
might become public If there were a trial
and that It might therefore be to my Interest
not to prosecute Brandt but to give him un
opportunity to go away and never come
back, Hot h' Mr. Gans and I made It per
fectly plain to Mr. Rosenthal that no len lency
would be shown to such a man as Brandt
and that If he did not plead guilty of the
crlmea whloh he had committed a trial
would be Inslsted'on.and Indeed that our
preference would be for a plea of not guilty
and a trial if a plea of guilty would have
the effect of reducing the sentence which
Brandt would otherwise receive.
Falsehoods la the Caae.
In due course I appeared aa a wltnesa
before the Grand Jury and answered the
questlona which were put to me, and on
March 22 Brandt was indicted. With the
subsequent proceedings I hsd nothlnr to
do. The alleged meeting between iJudae
ltosalsky and myself and others at the
Criterion l.'lub Is a pure myth. I have
never been in the Criterion Club In my life.
me story inai wmie in tlie Tombs llrandt
received Ids meals from, a neighboring
restaurant at my expense la absolutely
false. So attempt, was made on my part
or by Mr. Gans on my behalf to Induce
llrandt to plead guilty through false nrom.
Isea or by any other means. We simply
Insisted that the law should take Ita course.
Alter iiranui s arrest Air. liana asked the
I'ollce Department to make an investi
gation of hia past career, In the first Instance
to furnish the district Attorney with matter
for Brandt'a cross-examination on the trial
that was then eipected and later when
Brandt had pleaded guilty to furnish the
court nllh like Information forn like pur
pose, Much criticism has been levelled
at that report, but the officer who made It
haa lold frankly the sources from which he
secured the Information, And now' even
after five yeare It appears that thereport
understated rather than overstated Brandt's
criminal career.
Scandalous Letter from the Tombs.
I now come to the avunt ,ik..n..i . -
Brandt's sentence. On April H.ifour dars
arter the sentence, Judge ltosalsky asked
Mr Gans lo rnme tn tK ma,,-, ...1
he met, besides Judge Roaalsky, Fischer-
'; Asaisiani iistrict Attorney
Nutt It Mniwinul lh. tr i-i
had brought to Judge Rosalsky a letter
iixm.iiiaiiui 111 oirs. orpin which he said
had been sent to him in a sealed envelope
addressed tn Mrs Rektn' .... ,
, uy mis
take he had opened this envelope and had
L ji .1 . . ? rwd and
by direction of .liut
Mr, dans, who hsndtd It to me, This letter
.,..- ,9 mm wriiian intimstiAn
Brandt's lying and scandalous ,tale, whlea
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he has since expanded and retold on so many
occasions, that on the night of the assault
he was in my house not as a burglar, but by
Invitation: that the letter which had caused
his dismissal was accidentally discovered
by me and hsd been preceded by a series
of other letters; that he had deliberately
pretended to be In the house as a burglar
and to have stolen the two diamond pins
with the chivalrous purpose of hiding from
me his pretended reason for being in my
house. The outrageous falsity of this
letter Is shown by the letter which caused
his discharge and which appears on Its face
to be the first letter ever addressed to Mrs.
Hchlff by Brandt.
Lays It To Flscher-Hansen.
I have Information that convinces me
that Flscher-Hansen not only was the bearer
of this letter but assisted In Its preparation.
Indeed the story of chivalry foreshadowed
In this letter seems to be a specialty of
Flscher-Hansen. In the New York IToWd
or August 2, 1003, Is told a somewhat similar
story attributed to him. I am Informed that
be recently told n representative of the
press that although he mentioned no.nsmes
In this story he had in mind Brandt and
the Hchlffs, quite forgetting that the World
story was told almost a year before Brandt
nrst entered my employ.
After Brandt was sent to Sing Blng mr
counsel, Mr. Hans, on my behalf openly
took measures to be notified In case of any
attempt on the part of Brandt to secure
pardon. I took this precaution, as I was
convinced that Brandt was a dangerous
and confirmed criminal, and specially dan
gerous to my family and myself.
jr any evidence beyond my own experi
ence were needed to convince me of this
It was certainly furnished by the fact that
Brandt had been a thief in Sweden and that
he had forged the name and embezzled
the funds of his employer and benefactor,
Mr. Kull. Further confirmation Is furnished
by his thefts from an employer In Phila
delphia, Dr. Robinson.
Brandt Repeated Scandal lo Senator
In June. ltKffl. a Mr. Revmert. as attorney
for the Swedish Consulate lb Xew York.
called on Mr. Gans saying that Senator
Nelson of Minnesota had received an anneal
from a perntin at Dannemora State prison
named Brandt to Investigate his case and
that Senator Nelson had asked the Swedish
Consulate in New York to make the Investi
gation. Mr. Reymort showed to Mr. Gans
the prisoner's letter to Senator Nelson,
which was a repetition, with great elabora
tion of detail, of the scandalous stories he
had before attempted to circulate. As far
as I am able to learn the same lying story
has been the basis of his recent spplication
to Gov. Dlx and was told by blm to news
paper reporters who were permitted to
Interview him at Dannemora.
Brandt Told II lo the Governor Too.
In November, ion. Mr. Gans Informed me
that ha had learned from Mr. Wllmot, the
assistant of District Attorney Whitman in
charge of pardon applications, that Brandt
had made an application for pardon. Mr.
Gans thereupon wrote 'tho Governor asking
an opportunity to be heard on my behalf,
stating that this desire was bascdon the fact
that the prisoner had heretofore aought to
interest people In his behalf by means bf
scandalous stories, the falsity of which was
easily proven. On November 28 Mr. Gans
received a letter from Mr. Potter, the Gov
ernor's pardon clerk, saying that the Gov
ernor would not sea Mr. Gans, but that the
writer would. On December 12 Mr. Gans
saw Mr. Potter In Albany. Mr. Gans In
formed me that Mr. Potter declined to show
him the pardon application, but In conversa
tion admitted that the story told by Brandt
as the basis of his appeal to the Governor
was in substance the story which had ap
peared In the latter to Senator Nelson. Mr.
Gans also called upon Mr. Wllmot and
offered to assist him with information bear
ing on Brandt'a application for clemency.
Next Whitman Heard II.
On January 24 articles emanating from
Albany appeared In certain newspapers to
the effect that District Attorney Whitman
had personally visited Brandt In prison and
had secured from him a statement. The
headline in one prominent article waa
"Brandt after Ave years In prison declares
he la innocent. Pleaded guilty, ha says, to
save name of woman In M. 1,. SchifT house
hold." The article refers to a letter ad
dressed by Brandt to Mrs. Hchlff. Soon
other newspapers began to print the story.
which subsequently appeared In varying
forms, that Brandt had been "railroaded"
to Jail to cover a scandal In my household.
I soon learned that the scurrilous tale which
he had foreshadowed In the Flscher-Hansen
letter and developed and expanded In bis
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letter to Senator Nelson had been further
expanded and had, been told In all of it
lying and scandalous details, not only to thr,
District Attorney, but to such of the none
paper reporters as were able to gain acccu
to him. Some of the newspapers became
bolder and printed almost dally Insinuations
and veiled Illusions to a scandal in my
family, to hide which Brandt had been
railroaded to prison and was now, althouch
an innocent man. being kept there by all
the resources at my command. It must In
remembered that Brandt's lying tale of
chivalry and self-sacrifice has been the baii
of every application he has heretofore mids
for sympathy and clemency. It Is only
within the last few days that his counsel
have put Into his mouth the pretension
that he would rather atay In jail than bs
responsible for an attack on a woman.
Several days before the transmission by
the District Attorney of his report to the
Governor my counsel submitted to Judie
Whitman the evidence of the false and
mendacious nature of the grounds on which
Brandt based his plea for clemency, in
cluding the letter to Mrs. SchifT of Febru
ary 11, 1B07, which caused Brandt'a dis
missal and which is submitted above, and
offered to furnish further Information If
required. How much of the information
which I furnished the District Attorney
was Incorporated in hia report to ths
Governor I do not know, as neither I nor
my counsel have had an opportunity of
seeing that report nor any of the papers
before the Governor except such aa haTS
been made public In the proceedings before
Commissioner Hand.
Governor Acted Without Hearing Rehlff.
Aa soon as the reports of the District
Attorney and Judge Roaalsky were sent
to the Governor Mr. Cans went to Albany
and asked for an opportunity to present
to the Governor and his advisers the reasons
for my opposition to Brandt's application
for clemency, but was told by the Governor's

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