Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1
Affidavits of Albert P. Love and Orrin S. Blossom, 1886 Oct. 1-1886 Oct. 7.

Volume O, 80-85, 6 p.
Love, Albert P.
Blossom, Orrin S.

Affiant Albert P. Love stated that he knew Harry L. Gilmer and was with him on the evening of May 4, 1886 and went with him to saloon located on the corner of Halsted and Van Buren streets where they had several glasses of beer with two other gentlemen, Orrin S. Blossom and Phil Hunt. Love stated that he left the three other men in the bar around 9:00 p.m. that evening.

Affiant Orrin S. Blossom stated that he was the same party described in the affidavit of Albert P. Love and that on May 4, 1886, he was with Harry Gilmer in a saloon until after 10:30 p.m.

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CAPTAIN BLACK: I read next the affidavits of Albert P. Love, and Orin S. Blossom.

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The People &c.-
Spies et al.

Murder of Degan. Term No. 1195.

State of Illinois Cook County ss

Albert P. Love, being duly sworn on oath says; that he resides at La Grange, Cook County, Illinois, where he has resided consecutively for the past five years. That he owns his own home in La Grange, which he bought about eleven years ago. That his businessis that of a painter. That he is personally acquainted with Harry L. Gilmer, a painter, who was a witness for the prosecution on the trial of the above cause, and has known him personally or by sight for about ten years past. That on the night of Tuesday, May 4th, 1886, affiant was detained in the city of Chicago and did not return to his home until upon a train which left the C. B. & Q. depot at or about 9:20 P. M. That about 8 o'clock P. M. he was on the West side, in company with Orrin S. Blossom, of Chicago, a painter, who now lives at No. 2961 Wentworth Avenue. That shortly after eight o'clock, as affiant remembers, affiant and said Blossom fell in with Harry L. Gilmer on Halsted street, somewhere between Madison street and Van Buren street. The party got into conversation and all went to a saloon in the building, north east corner of Halsted and Van Buren Streets, where they all had several glasses of beer, and continued in conversation, the subject of conversation being the then pending eight hour movement and the prospects of work &c &c. That Gilmer took part in said conversation along with affiant and said Blossom, and a painter commonly

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called Phil Hunt, then in Chicago, but whose present whereabout are to affiant unknown. That said convesation continued as long as affiant remained there, which was until a little after nine o'clock when affiant left to take the 9:20 train for his home. That up to the time, and at the time, affiant so left as aforesaid, said Gilmer Hunt and Blossom were still at said saloon and affiant left them there together, drinking and talking when he left as aforesaid. That affiant is able to fix the date of this occurrence from the fact that the next morning he read in the papers the account of the Haymarket meeting, so called, and of the explosion there at of the bomb. That affiant has been a resident of Cook County for about twenty years past, having come to Chicago immediately after being mustered out of the United States Service, when affiant was a private soldier in the 29th Regt. Indiana Volunteers, in which he enlisted when said Regiment re-enlisted for the veteran service. That he never communicated the facts above stated to any person until after the announcement of the verdict in the above cause, when he was inquired of as to his acquaintance with Gilmer, and gave to the party inquiring the narrative above substantially set forth. That if a new trial should be granted herein he is ready, if required, to appear and testify to the foregoing facts. That he is not and never has been a socialist, anarchist or communist, and that he has no acquaintance with or relation of any nature to the defendants herein, or any of them, nor any interest in this cause save a desire that justice may be done.

And further affiant saith not.

Albert P. Love.

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Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29th day of September 1886.

Charles Werno,
(SEAL) Notary Public.

State of Illinois Cook County ss

Orrin S. Blossom, being duly sworn on oath says, that he is the same party referred to in the within and foregoing affidavit of Albert P. Love. That affiant knows said Love and has know him about eight or ten years. Affiant is a painter and resides at 2961 Wentworth Ave. Chicago. That affiant well remembers being with said Love in Chicago, one night early in May, 1886, on the West Side, and that at some place on Halsted street between Madison and Van Buren they fell in with a tall spare man, a painter, who joined the party, and all went to a saloon in a building situated at the north east corner of Halsted and Van Buren Sts., where they remained some considerable time talking. That they went to said saloon, according to affiants best recollection near eight o'clock. That they talked about the then pending eight hour movement, the prospects of work &c &c. That affiant did not at the time know the name of the tall painter referred to, who appeared, however, to be acquainted with said Love%and said Love has since told affiant that it was Harry L. Gilmer. That the man was considerably over six feet high, light complexioned, spare and raw boned. That they were joined in the saloon by another painter

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with whom affiant was acquainted by sight, and who was called Hunt by said Love. That about 9 O'clock or shortly thereafter, said Love left the party, and thereafter, affiant remained with the other parties, whom affiant understands and believes were said Gilmer and said Hunt, for some time drinking and talking, just how long affiant cannot state certainly, but affiant is certain it was until about half past ten o'clock, for the reason that when affiant left said two painters in said saloon, affiant proceeded directly to the south side on his way home, and when he entered a saloon on State street near Van Buren, he saw by the clock that it was then eleven o(clock at night. That affiant had indulged pretty freely in drinking that night, and as a consequence was not able to be at wotk for a day or two thereafter and that while he was at home the account was published of the bomb at the so-called Haymarket meeting. That affiant has lived in Chicago for about ten years past, working most of the time for W. H. Emerson, that is for some four or five years, for Norton for about one and one-half years, and has been working for himself for about four years past. That he is not and never has been a socialist, anarchist or communist-- never has known any of the defendants and has no relations to or with them or any of them of any kind; and has no interest in his case, but that justice may be done.

And further affiant saith not, save that he has never detailed the above facts until since the verdict in the above cause, not knowing until since then that the tall painter who was with affiant and said Love was named Harry L. Gilmer, as is now stated by said Love. That affiant believes the statement of said Love in that behalf, because he knows said Love to be a man of some property, and of

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good standing, and repute among his friends. That this was the only occasion when affiant was with said Love at or near that date.

O.S. Blossom.

Subscribed and sworm before me this 29th day of September, 1886.

Charles Werno,
(SEAL) Notary Public.

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