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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Testimony of Timothy McKeough (first appearance), 1886 July 22.

Volume J, 115-117, 3 p.
McKeough, Timothy.
Detective, Chicago Police Department.

Direct examination by Mr. Grinnell. Cross-examination by Captain Black. Testified on behalf of the Prosecution, People of the State of Illinois.

Police detective, among those who searched the Arbeiter-Zeitung offices on May 4. Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): 1886 May 5 search of the Arbeiter-Zeitung office (vol.J 115), arrest of Spies (vol.J 116), arrest of Schwab (vol.J 116).

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a witness for The People, having been duly sworn, was examined in chief by Mr. Grinnell, and testified as follows:

Q What is your name?

A Timothy McKeough.

Q You are a police officer?

A Yes, sir.

Q How long have you been on the force?

A Going on four years.

Q Were you at the Arbeiter Zeitung office the morning that Spies was arrested?

A I was there after he was arrested, not at the time he was arrested.

Q Well, how long afterwards?

A I guess about an hour -- in that neighborhood.

Q Did you see any package there with Duffy?

A Yes, sir.

Q The last witness?

A Yes, sir.

Q Describe what the package contained?

A Well, I saw them going down stairs and when I got over to the Central Station the package was laid on the table there, and it was all opened up; we were looking at it, some of the officers there surmising what it was.

Q Is this the package here (indicating package shown previous witness)?

A Yes, sir, that is the same package.

Q Now, did you see Mr. Buck, the witness that was on the stand this morning -- I don't know whether you were in court or not then?

A I did, yes.

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Q Experiment at the Lake Front?

A Yes, sir.

Q From what place did he get the dynamite that he experimented with?

A Lieutenant Shea detailed Officer Marks and myself--

Q Now, from what place did he get it?

A He got it from the Central Station.

Q Where? From this package (indicating)?

A From this package. I took it from it myself.

By Mr. Black.

Q What hour in the morning was it that you were at the Arbeiter Zeitung Building?

A Somewhere between nine or ten o'clock, around the neighborhood of nine; between nine and half past nine, somewhere around there.

Q Had Spies been brought to the Central Station before you left it on that trip?

A Spies had been arrested and in the Central Station before I went over to the Arbeiter Zeitung.

Q You are connected with the detective service of the police force, are you?

A Yes, sir.

Q And have been for how long?

A I have been at the Central Station going on three months.

Q And in the detective service how long?

A Three months.

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Q The Central Station is really the detective branch of the service, isn't it?

A Yes, sir.

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