Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1
Testimony of H. S. Howe, 1886 Aug. 6.

Volume M, 266-267, 2 p.
Howe, H. S.

Direct examination by Mr. Salomon. Cross-examination by Mr. Walker. Testified on behalf of the Defense, Spies, August et al.

Testified as to Harry Gilmer's general reputation for truth and veracity. Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): Gilmer, Harry (vol.M 263).

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a witness called and sworn on behalf of the defendants, was examined in chief by Mr. Solomon, and testified as follows:

Q What is your name?

A H. S. Howe.

Q Where do you reside?

A I live at 13 Paulina now.

Q How long have you lived in Chicago?

A Seven years, next month.

Q What is your business?

A Undertaker.

Q How old are you?

A Almost 62 years old, lacking eight days of it.

Q Are you acquainted with one Harry L. Gilmer?

A Slightly acquinted with him.

Q You know him, do you? How long have you known him?

A Four years this summer I got acquainted with him.

Q Do you know his general reputation for truth and veracity in the neighborhood where he has resided and among the people who know him?

A yes sir.

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Q Is that reputation good or bad?

A Very bad.

Q Would you believe him under oath?

A No sir.

Mr. Walker.

Q Are you acquainted with Mr. Castle?

A Yes sir.

Q You know Mr. Gilmer, when he rented of Mr. Castle?

A Yes, and before that.

Q At Paulina Street?

A Yes sir.

Q How long ago was that?

A I think it is four years ago this summer--I ain't certain, but I think it is this summer four years ago.

Q Was that in your neighborhood there?

A Yes.

Q How long did you know him there consecutively?

A I knew him while he lived in a little room of Colonel's two or three or five months.

Q Did you know his associates away from that place, or his friends away from that place?

A No sir, I didn't know where he associated just then, only around there at the restaurant and the place where he associated around there.

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