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Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1
Testimony of Edward Furthmann (third appearance), 1886 Aug. 10.

Volume N, 267-268, 2 p.
Furthmann, Edward.
Assistant State's Attorney.

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

Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): Most, Johann (vol.N 267), items confiscated from the Arbeiter-Zeitung office or the defendants' homes (vol.N 267), Spies, August (vol.N 267).

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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 Look at this letter and this postal card and say where you got them?

Objected to.

MR. GRINNELL: They are the letters that were inrtoduced yesterday.

MR. ZEISLER: It is part of the original case.

MR. GRINNELL: The examination of one of the witnesses placed on the witness stand showed that these letters that were shown him were found on Mr. Spies desk, and found in the desk locked up.

THE COURT: Whether he received those letters and how they passed from his possession into your is competent.

MR. GRINNELL: That has been proven by Mr. Spies.

THE COURT: This is not a proper inquiry.

MR. GRINNELL: I wish to offer to show that the letters now shown the witness, and heretofore admitted in evidence, have been in his possession ever since they were handed to him by officer Flynn who testified to taking them from Spies' desk on the 5th of May last.

Objected to.

MR. INGHAM: We want to show that. We offer to prove that.

MR. GRINNELL: Q Do you know John Burnett?

A Yes sir.

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Q Did you have a conversation with him?

A Yes.

Q Did he not tell you on the 6th or 7th of May last at the central station, that the place from which he saw the bomb thrown was ten or fifteen feet south of the alley?

A He did.

MR. FOSTER: Q He hadn't measured it then?

A He didn't say so.

Q You heard him say the other day that he had measured it since then?

A Yes.

Q Didn't he say fifteen steps, ten or fifteen steps?

A He did not.

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