Click on the image of a page from Judge Gary's handwritten comments before sentencing in order to read the whole text (approximately 910 words).

After the defendants finished with their remarks, it was Gary's turn to speak his mind in pronouncing sentence. In the collection of the Chicago Historical Society is the original manuscript of his comments, handwritten on thirteen pieces of inexpensive paper, with considerable editing. The first page is on view here. The transcribed text included here indicates how Gary edited his comments.

Gary began by stating that he was aware that the accused had aimed their remarks at the world outside the courtroom. He then followed their lead in stating that he was trying to speak to those "deluded and misguided men" who heeded them. Gary claimed that he was speaking in behalf of "the peaceable, frugal and laborious poor" who should not have to endure the tyranny of the mob. He reiterated the prosecution's argument that "any government that is worthy of the name" rightly holds that those who advocate violence, whether they commit it or not, are as guilty as those who follow their advice.

As the jury prescribed, Gary then ordered that Neebe be removed to the state penitentiary in Joliet to serve fifteen years, and that each of the others to be "hung by the neck until he is dead" on December 3.

Among the sections that were crossed out was a comment by Gary that it was clear to him that "the haughty and imperious manner of your defense" was the preference of the defendants, not their counsel. Gary also stated that the police, in the discharge of their duty, may themselves use violence. By eliminating these sterner passages, Gary put more emphasis on his own sadness about the case and his sympathy for working people.