ALEXANDER STEINER (STEIN)
At the request of the Austrian Consul General the Immigration authorities last week detained at the Barge office Alexander Stein and wife, who arrived on the steamship Pennsylvania from Hamburg. Stein is 30 years of age, and was recently a jeweler in Budapest. It is charged that he became insolvent, and that he obtained about $8,000 worth of jewelry from Hamburg firms on memorandum and appropriated it to his own use. An investigation of the case was ordered.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 30th August 1899
Habeas Corpus for Release of Alexander Steiner of Buda-Pesth
A habeas corpus is about to be sued out for the release of Alexander Steiner, a jeweler of Buda-Pesth, who, as recently told in The Circular, arrived in this country aboard the Hamburg liner Pennsylvania a week ago Wednesday, and has been detained at the Barge Office, New York, ever since on the charge that he misappropriated 22,000 florins’ worth of jewelry and is a fugitive from justice. House, Grossman & Vorhaus have made numerous applications to the Commissioner of Immigration for the release of their client, but have been unable to receive any satisfactory reply.
The Commissioner admitted that there was no specific charge against Steiner, but that he was simply detained out of courtesy to the Consul-General of Austria. At the office of the Consul-General it was said last week that while it was true that no warrants had been received for the arrest of Steiner, requests had been made upon the Commissioner to detain the man until such time as the necessary documents would arrive in this country. Mr. Grossman, Friday, prepared a writ of habeas corpus in behalf of his client, but when he reached the Federal Court building he learned that all the Judges had gone out of town. So the only thing left to do was to mail the writ to a United States Court Judge for his signature.
Steiner denied absolutely that he is guilty of any wrong. He claims that he has been in business for many years, and was recognized as one of the leading merchants in Buda-Pesth. He said that a short time ago he owed for merchandise purchased about 100,000 florins, that he paid all except
about 20,000 to 22,000 florins, out of which amount was due to one creditor 17,000 florins. Steiner said the goods were sold to him on credit. He declared he purchased them in good faith, and that he simply became financially embarrassed and could not pay all of his debts.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 6th September 1899