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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Testimony of Louis Mahlendorf, 1886 July 28.

Volume K, 511-515, 5 p.
Mahlendorf, Louis.

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

George Engel's neighbor. He made a part of the blast furnace confiscated at Engel's home. Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): items confiscated from the Arbeiter-Zeitung office or the defendants' homes (vol.K 512), Engel, George (vol.K 511).

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Louis Mahlendorf, a witness called and sworn on behalf of the people; was examined in chief by Mr. Ingham and testified as follows:

Q What is your name?

A Louis Mahlendorf.

Q What is your business?

A I am a tinner by trade.

Q Where is your place of business?

A No. 292 Milwaukee avenue.

Q How long have you been engaged there?

A Two years.

Q Do you know Engle the defendant?

A Yes sir.

Q How long have you know him"

A Since I know him, he has been our neighbor, eight years.

Q Did you make that machine? (referring to machine already referred to)

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A I made it, Yes sir, a part of it.

Q Who did you make it for?

A Mr Engle.

Q When did you make it for Mr. Engle?

A That is hard to tell it is over a year ago.

Q What part of it did you make?

A I cut him off the iron, and I formed it up.

Q What did you do with it after you made it?

A That is all I done to it-- I just formed it up-- that is all.

Q Was anybody with Engle when he ordered it?

A Yes sir. another gentleman.

Q What kind of looking gentleman

A A kind of heavy set man with long beard if I am not mistaken.

Q You say that was a year ago?

A Just about a year ago.

Q What became of it, who came after it?

A Mr Engle, he took it along with him. He waited for it.

Q He waited until you got your part of it done?

A Yes sir.

Defendants' counsel moved to exclude testimony of this witness as irrelevant and immaterial. The court denied the motion. To which ruling of the court counsel for defendants then and there execpted.


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Q What part did you make?

A I cut and formed it up.

Q In other words the upright part of that you cut out and riveted?

A No sir, I did not rivet it. I just formed it round.

Q What did you see of it after that?

A That is all I saw of it. It was taken out-- Engle took it out.

Q Do you know who did the riveting?

A No sir, I don't know. I could not tell,.

Q I understand that all you did was simply to cut out for MR. Engle the iron, which is galvanized iron, and roll it around?

A Yes sir.

Q Did you cut the holes in it?

A No sir!

Q What is there about this iron which enables you to recognize the iron which was made up more than a year ago?

A There is a mark inside. At the time I cut it I cut by the mark, and I told Engle about it at the time I cut it off. He said it didn't matter at all.

Q When did you see this last?

A I saw it down at the central station.

Q Because you see a mark here, you remember you told him you were cutting it by the mark?

A Yes sir.

Q Did you make any note of the conversation at that time?

A No sir.

Q Have you ever done any work for Engle before?

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A I have done a little repairing beofre.

Q Have you done plumbing work for him?

A No sir, tinners work.

Q In buildings which you understood he was interested?

A That is whatever they used in the kitchen.

Q In buildings or at buildings in which you understood he was interested -- is not that so?

A I don't quite understand you.

Q Where did you sees the work that you did for him?

A Right in our shop.

Q What was done with the work, if you know?

A What was done with the work done for Engle? A

Q Yes sir?

A There was some repairing there to the kitchen stove-- that is all the repairing done for him.

Q The only way in which you recognize this piece of iron is because you see the mark inside?

A Yes sir.

Q That looked as if somebody had cut away from it?

A Yes sir.

Q These holes were not in it?

A No sir

Q It was not riveted?

A No sir.

Q The legs were not on it?

A No sir.

Q These little fauces running in it were not there?

A No sir.

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Q He simply came and got a peice of galvanized iron from you and went away?

A Yes sir.

Mr. BLACK: That is all

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