Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1
Affidavit of Orrin S. Blossom, 1886 Oct. 1-1886 Oct. 7.

Volume O, 124-127, 4 p.
Blossom, Orris S.

Affiant Orrin S. Blossom stated that he is the same Blossom who signed a paper purporting to be an affidavit, that he does not know Harry L. Gilmer and was not with him on the evening of May 4, 1886. Nor was he in the company of Albert P. Love. Affiant further states that no oath was administered to him before he signed the affidavit in the offices of Salomon & Zeisler and that he received $30.00 for signing the statement. Attached is the affidavit that Blossom swears is untrue.

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Criminal Court of Cook County.

The People &c.
August Spies, et al.

State of Illinois, Cook County. ss

Orrin S. Blossom being duly dworn deposes and says that he is the person named in,and who signed a paper purporting to be an affidavit,a copy of which is hereto attached; that this affiant does not know Henry L. Gilmer; that so far as his recollection goes, he does not think he ever saw him; that this afiant was not with Henry L. Gilmer on the night of May 4,1886,on the West Side, or at any other place. That he was not in company with Albert P. Love on that night, at any place; that he has no recollection of meeting a tall, spare man, a painter,who joined affiant and Love on Ha lsted street, between Madison and Van Buren streets who answers the description of Henry L. Gilmer, at any time; that on Saturday evening the 1st day of May,1886,as affiant recollects, this deponent with said Love, was in different places in the City of Chicago, on a spree drinking; that he has no recollection of meeting Henry L. Gilmer on that night, but did meet many painters that he knew, and among them some tall men, that this deponent parted from Love on said Saturday evening somewhere about nine o'clock; that he made the statement, a copy of which is attached hereto, in Salomon & Zeisler's office, on the forenoon of September 29th, 1886; that no oath was administered to him, but he was simply asked if it was his signature appended thereto.

Deponent says he received thirty dollars for signing

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said statement, from Lewis L. Smith which said Smith obtained from the payment of a check of ninety one dollars, on the International Bank of Chicago; that said Smith was present in Solomon & Zeisler office at the time the statement, a copy of which is attached hereto, was made, and signed, and this affiant was told by Salomon that said Smith would settle with this affiant therefor; and that immediately on coming away from said office, Smith obtained the money on the check and paid this affiant.

Affiant says the foregoing statement is made voluntarily.

Orrin S. Blossom.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th day of September, 1886.

J. L. Bennett,
(SEAL) Notary Public in and for Cook County, Illinois

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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 known him about eight or ten years. Affiant is a painter, and resides at 2961 Wentworth Avenue, 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 northeast corner of Halsted and Van Buren streets, where they remained some considerable time talking. That they went to said saloon according to affiant's best recollection near eight o'clock. That they talked about the then pending eight hour movement, the prospects of work, etc. etc. 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 with whom affiant was acquainted by sight, and who was called Hunt by said Love. That about nine 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

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until about half past ten o'clock, for the reason that when said 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 work for a day or two thereafter; and that while he was at home the account was published of the bomb at the so-calld Haymarket meeting. That affiant has lived in Chicago for about ten years past, working most of the time for W. H Emerson, that it is some 4 or 5 years, for Norton for about one and one half years, and has been working for himself for about 4 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 relation to or with them, or any of them of any kind; and has no interest in this case, but that justice may be done. And further afiant 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 good standing and repute among his friends. That this was the only occasion when said affiant was with said Love at or near said date.

O. S. Blossom.

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

(SEAL) Charles Werno,
Notary Public.

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