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(Jewish Dally Bulletin)

William A. Goodhart, lawyer here, who for four## with Sir Arthur ## Doyle in working for the re## of Oscar Slater, was elated on ########## that Slater had at last been released Goodiear told the following stary of the case:Slater, who conducted a New York ganbling house and was a client of Mr, Goodhart’s when the latter prac-tleced law in New York City, was ac-cused of the murder and robbery of Mrs. Gilcharist in her Glasgow flat in December, 1908.

The American was suspected when it was reported he had pawned a brooch stuilar to one stolen form Mrs. Glhrise and had taken passage to New York under an assumed name.

Sotland Yard cabled to the New York pokce to arrest Slater, who immediately sent for Mr. Goodhart. The anorney represented him in the extra ## hearing. The late John A. Shields, who was United States Commissioner, while indicating he believed the prisoner innocent, said he had no rigim to refuse extradition in the face of evidence from Scotland.

State was found guilty by a jury was of mine to six. Mr. Goodhart had expected to go to Scotland to defend him but a change of venue from Glasgow to Edinburgh put the trial date ahead three weeks and this prevented him.

The attorney, however, convinced his clent was innocent, began an investi gation and learned that the brooch which Slater presumably had stolen, was in reality the property of a woman with whom he had been associated. It had been pawned four months before the murder, Slater’s visit to the pawn shop after the murder having been to raise more money on the pledge.

Sir Arthur entered the case a year later.

Mr. Goodhart said he was convinced that a man referred to in the extracition proceedings had knowledge of the crime.

“Helen Lambie, the murdered woman’s servant, Hed in New York,” he said. “it was bronght out that she had a friend, apparently a man of rank, who had been at the honse with her and had seen Mrs. Gilchrist wearing the jewels.

“The Lambie woman was one of the eight witnesses brought over by Scotland Yard in the attempt to railroad Slater. No amount of questioning suc-ceeded in forcing her to name her male irlend, but we were certain that he was a person of prominence.”

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BERNARD G. RICHARDS BACK, AFTER 3 MONTHS IN EUROPE

Bernard G. Richards, Executive Secretary of the American Jewish Congress returned on the Aquitania, after spending three months in Europe in the interest of the American Jewish Congress.

Mr. Richards stated that he had completed the organization of the Council for the Rights of Jewish Minorities in Geneva While abroad he attended the Zurich Conference on Jewish Rights, the Zionist Congress and was present at the Schwartzbard trial.

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