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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1
Testimony of Alex Lindmann, 1886 Aug. 10.

Volume N, 254-256, 3 p.
Lindmann, Alex.

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 254).

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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 Alex Lindmann.

Q What is your business?

A I am machinist.

Q Where do you live?

A 15 Concord place, Chicago.

Q How long have you lived in Chicago?

A 21 years.

Q Concord Place is where?

A Concord Place is one block I think north of North Ave. extending between Clybourne and Sheffield Ave.

Q How long have you lived there?

A Seven years.

Q Do you know Harry L. Gilmer?

A I do know Harry L. Gilmer.

MR. SALOMON: I object to this witness' testimony as to the reputation coming from persons residing elsewhere than the neighborhood where the person comes from-it is not admissible.

THE COURT: Save your point on it.

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Defendant's counsel then and there excepted to the ruling of the court.

MR. GRINNELL: Q Do you know the reputation of Harry L Gilmer among his associates and acquaintances in the city of Chicago for truth and adveracity?

A I do.

Q Good or bad?

A Good.

Q Would you believe him under oath?

A I would.

Mr. Foster.

Q You are hard of hearing?

A Come closer.

Q You say you can't hear ordinary conversations?

A That kind of conversation---

Q The reputation of Harry L. Gilmer somebody shouted in your ear---who was it?

A No sir, nobody shouted in your ear.

Q Who did you hear talking about it before he was called as a witness?

A I haven't heard anything about it before I was called as a witness.

Q Never heard anybody say he was a truthful man?

A No sir.

Q Did you associate with him?

A The question never come up.

Q Did you associate with him?

A I did.

Q Did you know his family?

A No sir, I don't know anything about his family.

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Q Do you know where he lived?

A I do not.

Q Did you ever know where he lived?

A No I did not.

Q You are a battery D/ man are you?

A I am sir.

Q And he was down there and drilled with the boys?

A Yes sir.

Q And he drilled like a major or like a private?

A He drilled like a private, yes sir.

Q You never saw him do anything out of the way?

A No sir.

Q That is all you know about him?

A That is all.

Q You don't know what his neighbors say about him where he lived?

A I don't know anything about him outside of the battery.

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