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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1
Testimony of W. H. Prince, 1886 Aug. 10.

Volume N, 227-229, 3 p.
Prince, W. H.

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

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.N 227).

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

Q What is your name?

A W.H. Prince.

Q Where do you reside?

A 506 Webster Avenue, North side.

Q How long have you lived there?

A 23 years.

Q How long have you lived in Chicago?

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A Since 1852, in April.

Q Were you in the army during the rebellion?

A I was sir, Taylor's Battery.

Q Do you know Harry L.Gilmer?

A I do.

Q How long have you known him?

A Since about 1879.

Q Do you know his reputation for truth and veracity among his associates and acquaintances?

A Good.

Q Yes or no--it is good, is it?

A Yes sir.

Q Would you believe him under oath?

A I would.

Q What is your business?

A Carpenter,


Q Where does Gilmer live?

A I don't know anything about where he lives.

Q Where did he live?

A I got acquainted with him at a party.

Q Where did he ever live?

A I don't know anything about his residence.

Q You never knew anything about his residence?

A I had no call.

Q You are a member of Battery D?

A I used to.

Q And so was he?

A Yes sir.

Q You used to meet Mr.Gilmer about half past seven in the evening, and drill awhile until ten or half past, didn't

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A yes sir.

Q And then you all went home?

A Yes sir.

Q Between the times you were drilling at Battery D did you visit Mr.Gilmer?

A I did not%

Q Did he visit you?

A I didn't have any leisure time to go visiting.

Q I don't ask you about that--did Gilmer visit you?

A He did not.

Q All you know about him is seeing him at the Battery?

A Yes.

Q Now, do you know who his associates were, the men that visited with him, the men that lived in the house with him or in the block with him, or any part of the city--did you know who they were?

A I don't know any of his neighbors at all.

Q You don't know anything about what his neighbors and those who associated with him from day to day, said about his reputation for truth and veracity?

A No sir.

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