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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Testimony of William Schwartz, 1886 July 29.

Volume K, 579-581, 3 p.
Schwartz, William.

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

Owned the house at 442 Sedgwick where William and Bertha Seliger lived and Louis Lingg boarded. Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): Lingg, Louis (vol.K 580).

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

Q That is your name?

A Willam Schwartz.

Q Where do you reside?

A 442 Sedgwick street.

Q Do you remember where the Seliger's lived last May?

A Yes sir.

Q Did you own that house in which they lived?

A Yes sir.

Q Do you remember the bed-room on the south east corner of the floor on which they lived?

A Yes sir. I do.

Q Do you remember the closet?

A I do.

Q Did you examine the baseboard in the closet?

A Yes sir.

Q At the time the officers were there?

A Yes sir.

Q What did you see?

A I come in-- the officer asked me to come in.

THE COURT:: Don't tell what any body said-- tell what you saw

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THE WITNESS: I come in there and I looked around and found some new nails what was put in there, and then I took that baseboard off and found that underneath the baseboards, the lath was cutt off, and was taken away?

Q Was there any whitewash on the base board?

A There was some paint on it.

Q Who painted it?

A I painted it myself.

Q Was there any whitewash on the wall?

A It was calcimined.

Q Who put it on?

A I put it on.

Q Was it a kind that would rub off?

A You could not rub off that.


Q What did you make this calcimining of?

A I make it out of whiting and glue-- that is what they make it of.

Q What else?

A That is all what they put in there.

Q Whiting and glue?

A Whiting and glue.

Q Stir the gule with the whiting?

A Stir it together.

Q What did you put it on with, a knife?

A No sir, I got a brush for it-- everybody got a brush.

Q What is your business?

A My business is a plasterer.

Q Did you ever carry on the business of calcimining?

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A Yes, I do.

Q You say calcimining don't rub off?

A No sir, you can't rub it off.

Q You don't know that calcimining in closets where it is damp, sometimes changes the entire color? and rubs off on every thing it touches?

A No sir.

Q It didn't do that?

A No sir.

Q Never?

A No sir.

Mr INGHAM: Did it rub off in that closet?

Mr Grinell: The second or third floor of the building I guess it wouldn't do that.

Mr. FOSTER: Testify.

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