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Exandeis Refused Stay for Sacco and Vanzetti

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Justice Louis D. Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court, to whom Arthur D. Hill, chief deferse counsel and his associates turned in an effort to obtain a stay of execution for Sacco and Vanzetti cenied the plea. The interview between Mr. Hill and Justice Brandeis occupied less than three minutes.

Mr. Hill told reporters that the Justice had declined to interfere in the case and said:

“Justice Brandeis on being informed on what case we were acting stated that because of his personal relations to some of the people who had been interested in the case he felt that he must decline to act on any matter connected with it.”

It was stated that Mrs. Glendower Evans wealthy society woman, who has done much to aid the defence of the two condemned men, had been a frequent guest of Justice and Mrs. Brandeis.

It was also stated that both Mrs. Brandeis and Miss Susan Brandeis had discussed the case with friends who were sympathetic toward Sacco and Vanzetti.

Delegates representing 800.000 trades unionists of New York almost all of which are affiliated wich the American Federation of Labor went to Boston to present a petition for Executive clemency to Governor Fuller. Representative F. H. LaGuardia. and Municipal Court Justice Jacob Panken headed the delegation.

The New York World, which advocated commutation of the sentence to life imprisonment, published an appeal for Sacco and Vanzetti by Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

Dreyfus, universal symbol of persecuted innocence, the historic victim of miscarriage of justice that stirred the conscience of the civilized world who is now aged and feeble, made his appeal through his son.

He declares his conviction that the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti “would be the greatest moral disaster of many years, fraught with terrible consequences to American justice.” He begs the Judges of Massachusetts to reflect once more before it is too late and realize that “when doubt exists it is fighting Providence to commit the irreparable.”

The man whose case has often been compared with that of the two Italians is resting at his son’s villa at Houlgate on the Normandy coast.

“He is in bed, his condition having been made worse by thoughts of those two men waiting for the electric chair,” the son explained to The World correspondent.

He added that his father is at present physically unable to receive visitors but that the Sacco-Vanzetti case has been his constant preoccupation for months.

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