Wingate Reserves Decision on Will
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Wingate Reserves Decision on Will

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Adolph Feldblum, attorney for Meyer Simon and Simeon Lazarowitz of Jerusalem, who are contesting the will of their uncle, the late Meyer Chinsky, Hebrew book publisher, who died April 7, 1933, leaving practically his entire estate of $260,000 to the Israel Zion Hospital on Friday made a motion asking surrogate George R. Wingate in Brooklyn to refuse to admit the will to probate.

Carl Sherman, attorney for the proponents of the will, rested his case Friday.

After the motion of Mr. Feldblum, Surrogate Wingate indicated his disapproval of the will, “My present state of mind is to grant the motion of Mr. Feldblum,” he declared, “but I will reserve my decision until I give the matter further consideration and hear the testimony of witnesses to be placed on the stand by Counselor Feldblum.”

Joseph Freison, a retired tailor of 1236 Fiftieth street, Borough Park, who knew the deceased personally for fourteen years, took the witness stand Friday. The witness told of a visit to Chinsky some time before his death from Rabbi Simon Glaser, who was appointed executor of the will. Freison declared that he took Rabbi Glaser into the parlor and told him to sit down while he called Chinsky. When he told Chinsky of the visitor, he said, Chinsky became excited and shouted, “I don’t want to see that swindler!”

Three weeks later, Chinsky was taken to Israel Zion Hospital, Freison said. He was permitted to see his friend for a few minutes, after some trouble in gaining admittance, although he was known to be an old friend of Chinsky’s, he testified.

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