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powerful organization of Jew baiters,
which is composed of officials, mer
chants, bankers,-newspaper editors
and even officials of the Greek
church, was preparing to poster
South Russia with broadsides warn
ing orthodox Christians to guard
their little ones during passover.
"Beware, you orthodox Russians,"
reads one of these placards, "beware
of the Jewish slaughterers creeping
up with long, curved knives in order
to enjoy thejassover relish prepared
with the blood of Christian children."
It is an awful thing to invite a
malice bred of a superstition which
runs back 500 years. M. Mischuk,
detective head, hastened to frame his
case. Suddenly he and his assistants
were arrested and committed for
trial charged with concealing evi
dence of "ritual murder!"
His successor, M. Krassovsky, a
Christian, assumed direction of the
Yustschinsky case. Investigation
proved to M. Krassovsky that the
murderers were members of the gang
of thieves. Convinced, he had found
his mouthpiece id M. Bedzul Bruch
kovsky, a widely known journalist
who revealed facts certain to keep
racial peace in the Pale and was or
dered under arrest for his pains.
M. Krassovsky, summarily de
moted as. head of the Kiev detective
bureau, was tried on a charge of NOT
taking the ritual murder theory for
So to the murder mystery was
added the mystery of rum which
overthrew whoever honestly took the
matter in hand.
The known power of the Black
Hundreds could not explain many in
disputable, developments Qf the In
quiry. For instance:
(1) The, police of Ekatermaslov
prudently confiscated shocking por
traits of the murdered boy only to
discover that such inflammatory pla
cards were circulated by authority of
the press department at St. Peters-purg.
(2) -The'-Kiev public, prosecutor's
office ' became; frankly; .vindictive to
ward any savjel ""tiloo'd accusation"
detectives. "... :..
(3) Agents. of-the .Okhrana, the
Mary-Boyle O'Reilly in Russia.
dreaded:;secret police, centralized in
the capital, appeared for special duty
in the department of-.Kiev! , '
(4) The curator of- Odessaschool-'