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Milwaukee Resentful at Luther Visit; Prosecutor Refuses to Act Against 16

Resentment against Dr. Hans Luther, German Ambasador to the United States, for his visit here last Wednesday on the invitation of the Milwaukee Club, crystallized in the refusal of Max Raskin, city attorney and a member of the Socialist Party, to prosecute 16 of the 23 rioters held in connection with a demonstration against the German government.

Seven rioters are scheduled to be tried on the charge of unlawful assemblage October 13. They were arrested Sept. 27 together with 16 other persons who waylaid Luther on his entrance to the Club waving banners with the legends “Down with Luther, Hitler’s bloody agent” and “Hitler’s government is rotten”, and shouting similar outbursts of condemnation.

The Socialist Party is at work on an investigation of the case through a specially appointed committee.

An editorial in The Milwaukee Sentinel said in part :

“An unofficial visit here by the diplomatic representative of a troubled nation, at a time when such a visit was certain to provide an opportunity for just what happened (the rioting) as well as to provoke a certain amount of sympathy with the policies of his government, was ill advised.”

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