|Click on the small images on the right to select the large image on display. The middle image is a detail from the top one. The top image (and the detail) are from Michael Schaack's Anarchy and Anarchists (1889). The bottom image is a photograph taken in 1893 of Herman Schuettler, the figure on the left in the first image.
The most dramatic of all the dozens of the arrests made by the police in the weeks after the Haymarket bombing was that of Louis Lingg on May 14 by Herman Schuettler. Schuettler had helped Schaack solve the Mulkowski case the previous year, and, along with a small cadre of other officers, he was among the captain's key subordinates.
Acting on a tip, Schuettler entered a house on Ambrose Street on the Southwest Side, which happened to be a few blocks from the McCormick works. In the kitchen he found Lingg, whom he mistook for another man because Lingg had shaved his beard. According to Schuettler, Lingg drew a revolver, which Schuettler grabbed, and the two of them were soon wrestling on the floor. "Whenever the revolver would be towards me," Schuettler testified at the trial, "he would try his best to shoot it off. At last he began to get it cocked again, and the only way I could do then [sic], I got his thumb into my mouth and bit it, and he hollered."
At this point fellow officer Jacob Loewenstein, standing behind Lingg in the first image, entered the room and subdued the suspect. Once under arrest, Lingg asked Schuettler to "shoot and kill me." Loewenstein testified that on the long trip back to Captain Schaack's East Chicago Avenue station, Schuettler inquired, "Lingg, why do you want to kill me? We ain't such bad fellows." To which Lingg reportedly replied, "If I had killed you and your partner and put a bullet through my own head, it would be the happiest hour of my life."
A week earlier, Schuettler, accompanied by Loewenstein and two other officers, had searched the apartment on Sedgwick Street below North Avenue where, before the bombing, Lingg lived with William Seliger and his wife Bertha. In a trunk marked with Lingg's initials they found the round lead bomb of the type used in the Haymarket became People's Exhibit 129. They also discovered four pipe bombs (People's Exhibit 135), a rifle, and a large navy revolver, as well as numerous tools. The guns, the round bomb, and two of the pipe bombs were loaded.
Even Dr. Ernst Schmidt, the socialist who headed the accused's defense committee, had admiration for Schuettler's daring, calling him "one of the bravest men I have ever known." Schmidt, like many people who knew or admired the other defendants (and even several of the defendants themselves) admittedly did not care for Lingg personally, describing him as "a surly sort of fellow, wild-eyed at times, somebody with whom you do not care to become acquainted."
Schuettler, who was known for being honest (which distinguished him from some others of Schaack's men) if also tough on labor (which did not), eventually became superintendent in 1917. He died the following year. Click on the bottom image to see a portrait of him in 1893, by which time he had become a captain.