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having murdered a Moor, and that he was about to be removed to Fez, the residence of the Sultan.
The letter which followed this message described the imminent peril of tlie prisoner, in having do chance of being treated with impartiality and justice by the Moorish authorities. Mr. L. A. Cohen, in giving a history of the case, stated that Isaac Amar, formerly under Spanish protection, was a respectable merchant of Casablanca, and that he had had in his employ a Moor whom, as was alleged, he had struck in a fit of anger. Some weeks later the Moor died, having stated on his death-bed to two scribes (Adools), who took his depositions, that he considered his death was caused by the blow given to him by Amar.
On the ground of this unsubstantiated statement Amar was put in chains, with the view to his being eventually tried at Fez by a high tribunal, which, according to the law of the land, would not admit any non-Mahomedan evidence. To aggravate his perilous position, it happened that the protection which the Spanish Government had accorded to him for eight years had recently been withdrawn. Hence his fate was completely in the hands of the Moorish authorities. Fortunately for him, his danger became immediately known to Mr. L. A. Cohen, who with indomitable energy determined to lighten Amar's troubles, and at any risk, to procure the prisoner's liberation. In this resolve lie was ably and energetically seconded by several Europeans, and eminently by Mr. Raphael Benzecry, the Honorary Secretary of the Gibraltar
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