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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 17, 1913, Image 2

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schinsky, an under-sized, 12-year-old
Christian boy of simple parentage,
was found murdered in the ghetto of
Kiev, the Jerusalem of Holy Russia.
On Oct 8, ,1913, theRussian gov
ernment by bringing Mendel Beilis, a
Jew, to trial for ritual murder indicts
sides rest their case on the sacred
books .of the Jews. It is an unparalleled-process.
Poor little Andrusha Yustschinsky
was murdered wantonly and savage
ly. The question is HOW? And WHY?
The prisoner charged with the
crime is so nearly a figurehead in his
own trial that his acquittal is gener
ally conceded. So not Mendel Beilis
alone, but the House of Israel is ac
cused of ritual murder!
And a process which calls 13,000,
000 defendants to the bar of justice
may well challenge the attention of
the world!
How did Andrusha Yustschinsky
We, the defense, have claimed
through a hundred witnesses thafcthe
child was slain by a chisel, or awl,
in the hands of thieves whose secrets
he had learned while playing with his
chum Eugene. Eugene's mother was
the gang's receiver of stolen goods.
English medical experts of inter
national reputation, Charles Mer
eier, A. J. Pepper, W. H. Wlllcox, have
already declared the crime was qom
mitted by a person of unsound mind
with the means that happened to be
at his service. ,
French medical jurists of equal
standing have stated that the mur
der was committed by a person suf
fering from desire for revenge, mania
or alcoholism.
It is know that, after the murder,
an awl, stained with blood, was found
by little Eugene Icheheryah who, on
orders from Mifle, the leader of the
thieves, threWUt into a cesspool:
Eugene Icheheryah cannot be sum
money by the defense. rf
The discovery in a Russian ghetto
of a Christian child's murdered body
created intense excitement. Some
"frightened and ignorant people cried
"ritual murder." But, for six months,
the public prosecutor did nothing.
Then the impending visit to Kiev of
his majesty, the Czar, stimulated
eagerness to clear up the mysterious
case. Two days before the emperor
arrived Mendel Beilis, the prisoner,
now accused, was arrested. His poor
house stood nearest the lonely brick
field where the body was found. He
was watchman of the yard.
The most direct evidence identify
ing Mendel Beilis with the crime
came from Casimir Shakowsky, a
lamplighter, who testified that, meet
ing little" Eugene three days before
the tragedy, the boy told him how "a
man with a black beard" had driven
him and Andrusha from the brick
field. Eugene is dead. There are sev
eral thousand Jews with black beards
in Kiev. The accused knew neither
boy, but was employed to keep all
boys from the kilns.
The lamplighter now confesses to
inventing his story!
But the case CONTINUES!
Mendel Beilis is a figurehead in the
process of blood accusation.
Enter the Russian government
with a formal charge that the dead
boy was tortured and murdered for
religious purposes.
"But," answer European medical
experts, "the child DID NOT die from
loss of blood. The chisel-like instru
ment employed caused INTERNAL
not EXTERNAL hemorrhage. Such
a weapon never could be used by a
person seeking to extract blood.
On the opinion of Prof. Sikarsky,
specialist in psychiatry, rests the key
stone Of the prosecution. He has
long been the government's authpr-
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