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Ascher Is Convicted

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Parent Issue
Day
28
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Edward Ascher has been convicted of he rourder of Valmore C. Nichols, the Jittsfield farmer wnom he persuaded o wear a belt contaimng f 20 gold )ieces in order to develop as a meduiin. Hr. Nichols held a number of seauoes with Aseher and believed that there vas a rich mineral vein sotnewhere ieneath the surface of his farm. Onoe a medmin, he feit satisfied he could ocate this hidden treasure, Aseher took advantage of the farmers' folly. 3e gave him sittings, led him on and gaineel his complete confidence. He advised him to wear a belt filled with ;20 gold pieees, and cautiuned him not to teil anybody of it. This Nichols did. On Aug. 10 last year Nicbols left his home and iamily at Pittsfleld, near Ypsilanti, and[never retnrned. He was reported missing Aug. 13; five days af ter his body was pulled out of the river at Belle Isle. It was then that the mnrder became known, and Ascher's connection with it was discovered. Aseher was twice tried, the first trial resulting in a disagreement. The second trial was finished Satnrday afternoou and the jury were out for some hours. Aseher states that his information is that they stood 6 to 6 at 10 o'clock Saturday evening. At 1 :40 o'clock Sunday morning the jury's verdict was returned and Aseher heard the word "guilty," f all f rom the lips of the foreman of the jury without changiug color. For a moment he relaxed and then resumed the smile of cynicism which had characterized his bearing throughout his two long trials. His attomey, Torn Navin, was more moved than he. The sentence was pronounced Monday morning, when Aseher was again taken to the recorders conrt and the following scène eusued : "Edwarcl Ascher, stand np, " ordered Judge Chapín. "How oíd are yon?" "I am 81." "Have you anything to say why the sentence of this conrt shonld not be passed npon yon?" "I have not, yonr honor." "The seutence of the conrt is that j-ou be confined in the state prison at Jackson for the remainder of yonr tiatnral liie. " Intense silence prevailed in tha sonrt room. Everybody ■waited. The spectators seeined to think that there shonld be something more than this in sending a man to prison for life. The performance of this last act in the tragedy which cost Valmore Nichols his life was a very simple affair, and the man who was condemned to spend the remainder of his days behind prison bars took his sentence with a smile. Before the crowd realized it, Ascber was handcuffed to an officer and nearly ont of the courc room.