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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Testimony of George Mann, 1886 July 24.

Volume J, 355-357, 3 p.
Mann, George.
Typesetter, Arbeiter-Zeitung.

Direct examination by Mr. Grinnell. Testified through an interpreter. 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 356), the Arbeiter-Zeitung (vol.J 355), Spies, August (vol.J 356).

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George Mann,

a witness for the people, having been duly sworn, was examined in chief by Mr. Grinnell, and testified through an interpreter, as follows;-

Q What is your name?

A George Mann.

Q Where do you live?

A 86 Mozart street, Humboldt.

Q What is your business?

A I am a type-setter.

Q Type-setter for the Arbeiter Zeitung?

A Yes sir.

Q How long have you been working there?

A About five years.

Q Do you know August Spies?

A Yes sir.

Q Michael Schwab?

A Yes sir.

Q Neebe?

A Yes sir.

Q Parsons?

A Yes sir.

Q Feilden?

A I know him superficially.

Q Well, you know him by sight?

A Yes sir.

Q Do you know Fischer?

A Yes sir.

Q Do you know either of the other two defendants, Lingg or Engel?

A I know Engel also superficially.

Q Do you know the other one?

A I don't know him. I may have seen him.

Q Were you a printer in the Arbeiter Zeitung office on the 3rd day of May last?

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A Yes sir.

Q In the afternoon, what time did you quit work?

A We generally stopped at 5 o'clock.

Q Did you stop at 5 o'clock that night?

A If it was on Monday, no.

Q Well, I meant the day before the bomb was thrown.

Q Yes.

Q What time did you quit?

A At half past 4 o'clock.

Q Did you stay there any longer that afternoon than half past 4?

A No sir.

Q Didn't you set up some type that afternoon? I mean Monday afternoon. (Handing witness the socalled Revenge circular.)

A Yes; I was setting up something.

Q How late did you work that afternoon, on Monday afternoon?

A It might have been 6 o'clock.

Q Why did you stay later that afternoon--what were you doing?

A It was demanded that a few should remain there to set up something.

Q Did you set up anything yourself?

A Yes.

Q What?

A Something, part of that. (Indicating circular).

Q The English or the German part?

A Something, part of the English.

Q How many lines did you set up?

A That I cannot state, precisely.

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Q Well, about how many lines, one, two, three or four or more?

A About eight.

Q How many men were at work that night there setting up the type for that circular.

A That I can not state precisely.

Q Well, about how many were there, ---one, two, three or half a dozen?

A About half a dozen.

Q Where were you when the order came to set up the type for that circular that you hold in your hand?

A I was still upstairs in the compositor's room.

Q Who gave you the order?

A Someone called up that a few of the type-setters should remain, I don't know exactly who.

Q Did you see Spies there that evening after 5 o'clock.

A I seen him very frequently there at that time.

Q That day, Monday?

A Yes sir.

Q Did you see Schwab there?

A No.

Q Who else did you see there that you remember now?

A I don't know exactly besides the compositors that were there, who else was there.

Q Look at that. (Handing witness manuscript.) See whether that is any part of the manuscript from which you set the lines of the English part of that circular?

A I don't think so.

(Cross examination waived.)

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