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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Testimony of George Schuler, 1886 July 23.

Volume J, 290-292, 3 p.
Schuler, George.
Printer for the Arbeiter-Zeitung.

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).

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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?

A Printer.

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.

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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?

A Yes.

Q Was it set up in two languages?

A Yes.

Q In German and English?

A Yes.

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

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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.?

A Yes.

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?

A Yes.

Q You did not see them printed.

A No, I am the night man and not the day man.

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