Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1. Direct examination by Mr. Grinnell. Cross-examination Mr. Foster. Testified on behalf of the Prosecution, People of the State of Illinois. Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): "Revenge" circular (vol.J 290), "Attention Workingmen" flier (vol.J 290), Spies, August (vol.J 290).
Testimony of George Schuler, 1886 July 23.
Volume J, 290-292, 3 p.
Printer for the Arbeiter-Zeitung.
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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Direct examination by Mr. Grinnell. Cross-examination Mr. Foster. Testified on behalf of the Prosecution, People of the State of Illinois.
Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): "Revenge" circular (vol.J 290), "Attention Workingmen" flier (vol.J 290), Spies, August (vol.J 290).
called as a witness on behalf of the People, being first duly sworn, testified as follows:
By Mr. Grinnell.
Q What is your name?
A George Schuler.
Q What is your business?
Q For whom?
A Mr. Burgess.
Q How long have you been employed by him?
A About four years and a half.
Q Where were you on the 3rd of May -- Monday afternoon between five and six o'clock?
A Right up in the press room.
Q Did you receive an order from the Arbeiter Zeitung office, or from Mr. Spies, to do some printing?
A They brought a form over there and wanted to know if we could run it and I told them yes; one of the boys to work over there brought it over.
Q Who brought it over?
A One of the boys that was working over there.
Q Do you know his name?
A No, sir, I do not.
Q Describe him?
A A young fellow about 20 years old, with a smooth face.
Q A large thick set man?
A No, he was thin and tall.
Q Who came over to lock the form?
A It was a short heavy set man.
Q Do you know his name?
A No, I do not.
Q Is it Aschenbrenner?
A I don't know.
Q Do you know where he worked?
A He was a printer in the Arbeiter Zeitung.
Q When did he come over to lock the form?
A The same night.
Q Explain to the jury what you mean by locking the form
A You have got to lock up the form in a sort of a chase in order to get it into the press.
Q Describe just what you mean by that?
A Well, I cannot very well explain it to you any better than that.
Q Did you see the circular that was printed?
Q Was it set up in two languages?
Q In German and English?
Q How many did you run off?
A About 2500 that night.?
Q What did that fellow say when he came over with the order? Was it to be done that night or the next week?
A He wanted all he could get that night.
Q What order did he give about printing it?
Objected to; objection overruled; to which ruling of the Court the defendants by their
counsel then and there duly excepted.
A I suppose all he could get that night; there was no particular order about it at all.
Q Did anybody call for the circular after it was printed?
A Yes; there were about a dozen different parties came there after them.
Q How did they come -- all together?
A No; two at a time and one at a time.
Q Kept coming and going and taking it as fast as it came from the press.?
By Mr. Foster.
Q That was all they printed -- about 2500?
A That is all we ran off that night; whether they ran off any more in the day time I don't know.
Q That would be the next day after?
Q You did not see them printed.
A No, I am the night man and not the day man.