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A NOTORIOUS AMERICAN LAWYER. An Exchange Paris telegram says It is reported that Abe Hummel, the New Yon? lawyer, has died at a hotel in Nice, where ho had been staying for some mouths.

Hummel aud his partner, Lowe, were famous as two of the shrewdest lawyers America ever Knew. Hummel began life as Lowe's office boy. When his partner died, some years ago, the Records Office showed that the firm had nearly Too murderers as clients. By the theatrical profession Hummei's services were in great request; a theatrical law suit without his being engaged on one side or the other was hardly to be thought of. The humblest super or chorus girl could always rely upon Hummel lo plead his or her case, even though the prospect of a fee may have been altogether visionary. Hummel was convicted in December, 100,">, of conspiracy in the notorious Hodge-Morse divorce case. Mrs Dodge was a famous beauty from the Southern States, and it was established that "Little Abe," as he was called, paid Mr Dodge £1200 to commit perjury by denying all knowledge of his wife's divorce proceedings. Hummel was described by District-Attorney Jerome as "a menace to the decency of New York life." One of the most notorious cases in which he appeared In New York was that of "Nan" Patterson, the "Floradora" sextetlte girl, who was charged with murdering Caesar Young, n wealthy bookmaker, in a cab while driving through a New York street on the eve of the latter's departure for Europe.

After his conviction Hummel figured as a witness in the Thaw case. His name was introduced by Mrs Thaw, who referred to a "faked" affidavit, which she said Abo Hummel wrung from her by trickery. Upon leaving Blaekwell's Island—where he was employed in the prison bakery—Hummel crossed to Europe, and he visited London In March of last year. His Income while practising in New York has been estimated at £60,000 a year.

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DEATH OF ABE HUMMEL., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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DEATH OF ABE HUMMEL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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