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she had been alone in the robbery.
Yesterday Sophie Beckendorf was indicted on five counts by the grand Jury and taken to a cell in the Tombs. There she broke down and sent for the district attorney, to whom she told one of the most extraor dinary stories in the history of New York crime, "I was not alone," she said. "I did not want to commit the rob bery for myself, and I would not have got anything out of it for myself. I did it for the Master." "Who is the 'Master'?" asked a detective. The girl shuddered. "His name is Vogel, Joseph Vogel," she said. "He is a terri ble man and he makes us rob for rH him. We have to do it or some thing dreadful would happen to us. Imf at alL He lauerhs at the oolice. He says you are not clever enough to catch him. "He runs a little factory in the Bowery. I went there to work for him. Shortly after that he came and stood beside me one day. The way he looked at me made me afraid. " 'You look like a smart girl he said to me. "I did ' not answer. He went away then, but the next day he called me into his private office and told me that he would get work i of me with a rich family. "He did do so, but after do ing it he told me I would have to Teoort tp him once every week. I was afraid4 of him, and I -did it He didn't say anything ajjout rob bing the house for several weeks. "Then he told me that he had it all arranged, and told me what time to take the things in the house, and just what to do after I got out of the house. "I tola him I was afraid to do anything like that. He gripped me by the wrist, and swore that he would kill me if I did not do it. "I was more afraid of him than I was of the law, and so I robbed the house. He met me outside, about a block away, and took ail the stolen stuff from me. He told me to report at the factory the next day. "I did. He gave me $20, and told me I could take a few days' off. At the end of three days he told me he had found another place for me to work. "Just before I went to this place, his wife told me she want ed to talk to me. I went to her room. She threatened me with dreadful things if eveI squealed. She said my tongue would be cut out "It has been the same way ever since. I have robbed -six houses altogether for him. He has al ways given me a little money the day after the robbery. "He watches all the girls in the factory. If he thinks they are smart enough, he makes them do the same as I did. All the girls are young, and they all are fright ened of him, and more frightened of his wife." The girl told the police that Vogel had a flat at 529 West 151st street A squad of deted