Opinion by Magruder
Writ of error decision, 1887 Sept. 14.
Volume O, 172-389, 220 p.
Opinion by Magruder J.
This case comes before us by writ of
error to the
Plaintiffs in error were tried in the
1886 for the murder of Matthias J.Degan on May 4th, 1886 in the City of
About the first day of
the working men of
As soon as the order was given, some one threw among the policemen a dynamite bomb, which struck Degan, who was one of the police officers, and killed him. As a result of the throwing of the bomb and of the firing of pistol shots, which immediately succeeded the throwing of the bomb, six policemen besides Degan were killed, and sixty more were seriously wounded.
It is undisputed that the bomb was thrown, and that it caused the death of Degan. It is conceded that no one of the convicted defendants threw the bomb with his own hands. Plaintiffs in error are charged with being accessories before the fact. There are sixty-nine counts in the indictment. Some of the counts charge, that the eight defendants above named, being present, aided, abetted and assisted in the throwing of the bomb; others, that, not being present, aiding, abetting or assisting, they advised, encouraged, aided and abetted such throwing. Some of the counts charge that said defendants advised, encouraged, aided and abetted one Rudolph Schnaubelt in the perpetration of the crime; others, that they advised, encouraged, aided and abetted an unknown person in the perpetration thereof.
The Illinois Statute upon this subject is as follows: (Chap 38; Div.2; Secs 2 and 3)
"Sec.2. An accessory is he who stands by, and aids, abets, or assists, or who, not being present, aiding, abetting, or assisting, hath advised, encouraged, aided or abetted the perpetration of the crime. He, who thus aids, abets, assists, advises or encourages, shall be considered as principal and punished accordingly."
"Sec. 3--Every such accessory, when a crime is committed within or without this State by his aid or procurement in this State, may be indicted and convicted at the same time as the principal or before, or after his conviction, and whether the principal is convicted or amenable to justice or not, and punished as principal."
This statute abolishes the distinction between accessories before the fact and principals; by it all accessories before the fact are made principals. As the acts of the principal are thus made the acts of the accessory, the latter may be charged as having done the acts himself, and may be indicted and punished accordingly. (Baxter vs People 3 Gilm.368; Dempsey vs People 47 Ills 326.)
If therefore, the defendants advised, encouraged, aided or abetted the killing of Degan, they are as guilty as though they took his life with their own hands. If any of them stood by and aided, abetted or assisted in the throwing of the bomb, those of them who did so, are as guilty as though they threw it themselves
It is charged, that the defendants formed a common purpose, and were united in a common design to aid and encourage the murder of the policemen among whom the bomb was thrown. If they combined to accomplish such murder by concerted action, the ordinary law of conspiracy is applicable, and the acts and declarations of one of them, done in furtherance of the common design, are, in contemplation of law, the acts and declarations of all. This prosecution, however, is not for conspiracy as a substantive crime. Proof of conspiracy is only proper so far as it may tend to show a common design to encourage the murder charged against the prisoners. It may be introduced for the purpose of establishing the position of the members of the combination as accessories to the crime of murder.
The questions which thus present themselves at the threshold of the case, are these: Did the defendants have a common purpose or design to advise, encourage aid or abet the murder of the police? Did they combine together and with others with a view to carrying that purpose or design into effect? Did they or either or any of them do such acts or make such declarations in furtherance of the common purpose or design, as did actually have the effect of encouraging, aiding, or abetting the crime in question?
The solution of these questions involves an examination of the evidence.
The first inquiry which naturally suggests itself, is: who made the bomb which killed Degan?
First, the bomb was round. Zeller, a witness for the defense, says of it, as he saw it going through the air: "it seems to me it was more round and about as big as a baseball." Taylor, another witness for the defense, says:
"I saw the bomb enough to know it was a round bomb."
There is much evidence in the record as to the different kinds of bombs and as to the mode of their construction. The simplest and cheapest form is what is known as the gas-pipe bomb, the mode of constructing which is hereafter explained.. The gas-pipe bomb is the one which the ordinary, unskilled laborer would be most apt to make, if he desired to use such a weapon.
The round bombs however, are more expensive and their construction is more difficult and more liable to discovery. Such a bomb consists of two semi-globes, which, if made of iron, must be obtained at a foundry, or if made of zinc or other material, require the use of brass or clay molds and facilities for melting the metals entering into their composition. The semi-globes must be fastened together by solder or by bolts. Holes must be drilled for the insertion of the bolts and also for the insertion of the caps and fuse. Care must be taken to fill in the dynamite properly and to insert the fulminating cap into the dynamite and the fuse into the cap. The construction of such bombs requires time and skill and involves considerable expense in the purchase of materials.
Second, the bomb thrown at the Haymarket was exploded by means of a projecting fuse, ignited before leaving the hand by a match or a lighted cigar. This abundantly appears from the evidence of those who saw it before it fell. One witness says it was like a fire-cracker in the air: another, that "it was like a burnt out match, that was lit yet", another, that it was a "streak of fire" in the air; still another calls it "a little tail of fire quivering in the air."
As we understand the evidence in regard to the mode of constructing a round bomb with a fuse, the method is as follows: where the two semi-globular shells are fastened together, and the dynamite is filled in through an opening made for that purpose, a fuse six or eight inches long is inserted in a detonating cap: the cap is pinched so as to hold the fuse; the cap is then inserted about two-thirds of its length into the dynamite through the opening, and five or six inches of fuse are left to project outside of the bomb.
There are bombs which do not have the projecting fuse. When explosion is desired from a distance, a wire and electric battery are used. A primer bomb has a percussion cap on each side, so that, when it is thrown, "whichever side strikes will explode the cap." Another sort of bomb is described in the testimony as having the appearance of a fruit-can, containing a glass tube connected with the top by a screw and so fixed as to explode when thrown against a hard substance.
The bomb with a projecting fuse of six or eight inches is made to be thrown into a crowd of men and when "only a few minutes are desired to get away", and "only so much fuse is required as can burn in the interval of throwing." When the fuse projects in the manner indicated it is necessary to apply a light externally to the end of the fuse before the bomb is thrown.
Third, the shell of the bomb, which exploded, was of composite manufacture. Pieces of the shell were taken by the physicians from the body of Degan and from the body of officer Murphy, who had fifteen shell wounds. These pieces were subjected to chemical examination and were found to be composed of tin and lead, with traces of antimony, iron and zinc. The Degan piece contained slightly more tin than the Murphy piece, but the ingredients of the two pieces were exactly the same.
The chemists, who made the analysis here referred to and who have given their testimony in relation to the same, swear, that there is no commercial substance which has the same composition as these pieces of shell. Commercial lead, they say, never contains tin. Solder is composed of tin and lead, but the proportion of tin in solder to the amount of lead therein is so different from the proportions of those ingredients in the pieces of shell so analyzed, that the latter could not have been made of solder. Experiments also demonstrated that the exploded bomb could not have been made out of old lead pipe, that had been plugged or mended with solder. The proportions of lead and tin in such case are vastly different from their proportions in the pieces of the bomb, which were subjected to examination. In the latter, lead was the basis of the preparation, but tin, or some other metal containing tin, was mixed with the lead.
Fourth, the bomb,
had upon it a small iron nut. One Michael Hahn was standing on the
The four characteristics of the exploded bomb, which have been thus indicated, were found to exist in the bombs, which were made by the defendant Louis Linng.
First, many of the bombs made by Linng
or globular in form. The defendant Linng came to this country for the
time in the summer of 1885 from some place in Germany In August of that
became acquainted with William Seliger, a German carpenter who had
Second, the bombs made by Linng had the projecting fuse so as to be exploded by the external application of fire.
On April 30th, 1886, being the Friday before the day of the Haymarket meeting, Linng brought to Seliger's house a large wooden box, about three feet long, from 16 to 18 inches high and from 16 to 18 inches broad, inside of which was a tin box, containing dynamite. On the next Tuesday, May 4th 1886, he was occupied during the afternoon and until after seven o'clock in the evening, in filling this dynamite into gas-pipes and globular shells, using a flat piece of wood, which he had made for that purpose. He was assisted in his labors by a number of persons, and among these were Seliger, Thielen and Hermann, already mentioned, and two men named Huebner and Hunsenberg or Muensenberger the latter of whom was probably the blacksmith hereafter referred to. Upwards of fifty bombs were finished that afternoon, and the work on them would appear to have been continued up to or beyond the hour on that evening for which the Haymarket meeting had been called, as hereafter stated. The rooms in Seliger's house, which were used by Linng and his assistants for their work, are spoken of as the front room and the bed room. The witness Lehmann, visited these rooms twice on Tuesday afternoon in company with a countryman of his, a Prussian named Smideke, who went there with him to buy a revolver. His first visit was made at five o'clock in the afternoon, at which time he saw there Linng, Seliger Huebner and a person, of whom he speaks as follows: "one whose name I did not know; it is said that he is a blacksmith." They were in the bed-room and each had a cloth tied around his face, but the witness "could not precisely see what they were doing."
The second visit was made to the rooms at seven o'clock in the evening and lasted about ten minutes. At this time Lehmann did not get into the bed-room, but they were busy there as at the first visit. He saw Huebner working at some coil of fuse which looked like strings or white cord; he was cutting it into pieces; they were putting fuse into caps in the front room. During one of these visits Linng gave to Lehmann a small leather hand-satchel or trunk, which the latter took home and placed in his woodshed, and at three o'clock next morning after he had learned of the destruction wrought at the Haymarket, carried "away to the prairie there burying its contents. The satchel contained a tin box or can nearly full of dynamite, and three round bombs, some caps and two coils of fuse.
Another circumstance may be mentioned in
connection. After ten o'clock on Tuesday night when Linng and Seliger
Third, the shells of the round bombs made by Linng were constructed of composite metal. Their correspondence in this particular with the shell of the exploded bomb tends very strongly to show, that the same hand which made them also made the exploded bomb.
Linng, Seliger, Thielon and Hermann were frequently engaged in "molting and casting" in Seliger's kitchen during the six weeks before May 1st 1886, Linng melted lead or some other metal in a ladle on the kitchen stove. A pan is identified as one which was used by him in making the semi-globes, found in his round bombs. He also made use for such purpose of clay molds, constructed by himself. One of these clay molds could only be used twice.
Pieces of bomb shells proven to have been made by Linng in the manner and with the materials here indicated, were subjected to chemical analysis. They were composed of a certain percentage of tin, and the remainder was lead with traces of antimony, iron and zinc. Out of four bombs examined the percentage of tin in the different bombs varied slightly in three and in the fourth considerably more than in the other three. As a result of the chemical analysis, the piece of shell taken from Degan's body, and the pieces of the shells discovered in Linng's possession after his arrest, were shown to be composed of exactly the same ingredients.
After May 4th there were found in Linng's room a metal cap, a cold chisel, a file, shells, loaded cartridges, "metal and also some lead", "some babbitt metal, some sheets of lead", bolts, pieces of metal in a Japan dinner box with 4 dynamite gas-pipe bombs, 2 loaded and 2 empty, a Remington Rifle, a round dynamite bomb loaded, two pieces of solder, a blast hammer and a smaller pointed hammer, a couple of iron bits and drills, a two-quart pail with saw-dust in the bottom, a tin quart basin with fuse and saw-dust or dynamite in it, two long cartridges of dynamite and some fuse already fixed, fuse about four inches long and caps, a big coil of fuse in the trunk, a piece of block tin, a piece of candle-stick. Babbitt metal is an alloy of copper, tin, and zinc. Many of the articles found were chemically analyzed. The candle-stick or toy proved, upon analysis, to contain tin, lead, antimony zinc and a trace of copper. All the ingredients necessary to make up the composite material, out of which the exploded shell was constructed, were thus discovered to be in Linng's possession.
The shell of the globular bomb, if entirely of lead, would be soft and yielding, and on this account would fail to furnish that degree of resistance to the dynamite, which appears from the evidence to be necessary, in order to make the explosion effective. It was evidently for this reason that some other substance, such as tin, was combined with the lead to give the shell a firmer consistence and make its effect more deadly. With the same end in view nails and wire, as will be hereafter seen, were recommended by the defendant Engel to be put around the gas-pipe bombs.
It appears that of the bombs made by Linng, which were analyzed, each differed slightly from the others in the amount of tin, though all contained the same ingredients. It also appears that the two halves of the same bomb would differ somewhat in the proportions of the metal present, and this accounts for the fact, that the piece from Degan's body contained a very little more tin than the piece from Murphy's body, each evidently coming from a different half of the bomb.
These slight differences are such as would naturally be expected, when shells were made with the rude materials with which Linng worked, melting his metals in a small ladel on a kitchen stove, casting half a shell at a time, making use of clay molds made by himself each one of which could only be used twice.
Fourth the semi-globular halves of each round bomb made by Linng were fastened together by a bolt, upon one end of which was screwed a small iron nut showing a reasonable correspondence between the Linng bombs and the exploded bomb in the fourth peculiarity of the latter, which has been heretofore mentioned.
On the morning of Tuesday May 4th, Linng
house to go to a meeting on the west side and did not return until one
in the afternoon. Before leaving he instructed Seliger to go to work at
bombs, remarking that they would be taken away that day. He gave Selger
and said "that he had not enough of those bolts", and told him to go
About fifty of the bolts were procured in accordance with the directions thus given. Seliger was engaged in the forenoon in drilling holes in the shells already on hand for the bolts to pass through. He was chided by Linng, upon the latter’s return for having progressed so slowly with the work and was informed that they would "have to work very diligently during the afternoon"
The evidence shows that the bolt used by Linng was a metallic pin running through the bomb, that a head was formed on one end of this pin and on the other end there was cut a thread upon which was screwed a moveable piece called a nut, the head at one end and the nut at the other holding the two semi-globes together. These bolts were found in the bombs afterwards taken from the possession of Linng and proven by the undisputed testimony in the case to have been made by him.
The nut taken from the body of Hahn, and which was a part of the exploded bomb, was applied to the threaded end of one of the bolts taken from a bomb made by Linng and was found to fit it exactly. This cannot be regarded otherwise than as a circumstance of very grave significance.
In view of the considerations thus far presented, and of others which will suggest themselves as the examination proceeds we think the jury were warranted in believing from the evidence that the bomb, which killed Degan was one of the bombs made by the defendant Linng.
This conclusion receives endorsement from the fact that the making of such bombs as have been described is a new, unusual and dangerous occupation. There are no bomb manufactories. A bomb is not an article which can be bought in the market like a revolver. He who would use such a weapon must make it himself.
According to the evidence in this record dynamite is composed of nitro-glycerin and clay or saw-dust it must be handled with care; it will explode if subjected to too great a degree of heat; it should not be exposed to the rays of the sun, or placed too near the fire; if kept for any length of time it must be stored with caution, for instance it is recommended that it be wrapped in oil paper, placed in a box of saw dust and buried in the cellar; when in handling it it gets upon the skin headache is produced, if its dangerous gases are inhaled frightful pains in the head will be the result. Moreover information as to its peculiarities and as to the safest mode of handling it is limited and to some extent not accessible.
For these reasons so hazardous a business as filling bomb-shells with dynamite will rarely be engaged in. Hence when a murder is the result of the explosion of a dynamite bomb, and, about the time of the murder a man is found making such bombs near the scene of the explosion, his responsibility for the crime viewed in connection with other criminating circumstances which may exist will be a more natural inference than where some more common weapon of destruction has been used.
The next question to be considered is; why did the defendant Linng make the bomb which killed Degan?
In order to satisfactorily answer this question it becomes necessary to examine the character and purposes of an association with which all the defendants in this case were connected.
The record shows the existence of an organization known as the International Workingmen's Association, or the International Arbeiter Association, generally called the "Internationals." and sometimes designated for brevity as the I.A.A.
The platform or declaration of principles adopted by this organization was published by a certain bureau of Information and by certain newspapers, called the "Alarm" and the "Arbeiter Zeitung" which are more particularly referred to hereafter. It appeared in all the issues of the later paper during the months of February, March and April, 1886. It is too long for insertion here. It urges that the present system, under which property is owned by individuals, should be destroyed, and that all capital, which has been produced by labor should be transformed into common property. It says: "It is only when capital is made common and indivisible that all can be made to partake fully and freely of the fruits of common activity; only by the impossibility of acquiring individual (private) capital can every one be compelled to work who claims the right to live." It charges, that the government, the law, the schools, the churches, the press, are in the pay and under the away of the property owning and capitalistic classes and that the laboring classes must achieve their deliverance through their own strength.
This International platform thus
workingmen: "As in former times no privileged class ever relinquished
tyranny, no more can we take it for granted, that the capitalists of
present day will forego their privileges and their authority without
compulsion. * * * It is therefore self evident, that the fight of
(the laboring classes) against the bourgeoisie (the middle classes)
must have a
violent revolutionary character and that more wage conflicts can never
the goal. We could show, by numerous illustrations, that all attempts
have been made in the past to do away with the existing monstrous
through peaceable means, for example through the ballot box have been
useless and will be so in the future. * * *. We know, therefore that
classes will not voluntarily relinquish their prerogatives and will
concessions to us. Under all these circumstances there is only one
left-- force. * * * Therefore it is your right, it is your duty, says,
It is here admitted that the property of each individual in the community could not be taken away from him and put into a common fund to be divided among all the members of the community without a resort to revolution and force. The way to the result sought to be reached by the International platform here referred to, leads, through the crimes of robbery, theft and murder, to the destruction of the existing system of social order and of all the laws and institutions upon which that system is based.
The association whose principles are
in its platform, was divided into groups, of which there were eighty in
The defendants Schwab, Neebe and Linng belonged to the north side group, the defendants Engel and Fischer to the northwest side group, and the defendants Spies, Parsons and Fielden to the American group. Spies had also belonged to the northwest side group.
The members of these groups were known
and not by names. The members of the north side group began to be known
numbers in July 1884. The number of the witness Seliger, who belonged
north side group, was 72. Certain members of these groups were armed
rifles and drilled regularly once a week at their respective places of
taking their rifles home with them after drill. These armed members
and designated as the "armed sections," of the groups. The north side
group met every Monday night at
There was also a certain armed
organization called the Lehr und Wehr Verein whose members seem to have
members also of the International Groups but to have been of a higher
to have attained a higher grade in the perfection of their drill than
case with the ordinary members of the "armed sections." The evidence
does not disclose the exact number of those, who belonged to the Lehr
Verein at the time of the trial, but in 1879 it had 1000 men. Its
The Lehr und Wehr Verein had four
The "armed section" of the American Group was called the "International Rifles" After one of its drills on August 24th 1885 at No. 54 West Lake street, ten men, dressed in blue blouses and each armed with a Springfield rifle and who belonged to the first company of the Lehr und Wehr Verein, were introduced into the room and drilled for the benefit of the new members of the "International Rifles." It was then and there stated, that, in case of a conflict with the authorities, the International Rifles were to act in concert with the Lehr und Wehr Verein and obey the orders of its officers. From this it would appear that the Lehr und Wehr Verein or its officers were to direct the movements of the ordinary "armed sections," when occasion should require.
In the spring of 1885 there were in the
These groups were represented by a
committee composed of delegates from all the groups of the
The members of the general committee had been in the habit of meeting in this library room for a number of years, certainly since 1880. One Mieschberger was the librarian.
An exception should be made to the statement that all the groups appointed delegates to the general committee. The northwest side group did not do so, and the reason given for this by Fricke, who was at one time a member of that group and for two years book keeper of the Arbeiter Zeitung, was, that the principles of the northwest side group were more strongly anarchistic than those of the other groups. It was called an ""autonomous" group..
A newspaper called the Arbeiter Zeitung and conducted in the interest of the German speaking groups of the International Arbeiter Association, was published in the building No. 107 Fifth Avenue and had its office and editorial rooms there. Its superintendent and chief editor was the defendant Spies. The defendant Schwab was co-editor and wrote some of the most important of the editorials. The defendant Fischer was a type setter in the office and about the first of May 1886 was the head foreman of the printing department. This paper was owned by a corporation in which Spies, Schwab, Fischer and Neebe were stockholders. It was printed in the German language, and, besides its daily issue, had a Sunday edition called the "Fackel," and a weekly edition called the "Vorbote." Its circulation was about 3600. Notices of the meetings of workingmen were inserted in its columns without charge.
Another newspaper by the name of the "Alarm," owned by the International Arbeitur Association and conducted in the English language in the interest of the English speaking groups, was also published at the same building, No. 107 Fifth Avenue. Its editor and manager from October, 1884 to May 1886 was the defendant Parsons. The defendant Fielden owned some of the stock in the corporation which controlled it. Its circulation was about 2000. It was first issued as a weekly and afterwards as a semi-monthly paper. Still another newspaper called the "Anarchist" was started in January or February 1886 by the northwest side group and two of the south side groups. It was under the management of the defendant Engel. Its origin was announced as being due to the fact that the Arbeitur Zeitung was not outspoken enough in its anarchistic principles. Its efforts were directed to the same ends as those contemplated by the other papers mentioned.
All the bills for the printing of the Arbeiter Zeitung and the Alarm were made out to the Arbeiter Zeitung and were paid by the defendant Spies, occasionally by check, but generally in currency.
There was a bureau of information of the
Internationals. This also had its head quarters at the Arbeiter Zeitung
building. The bureau of Information designated to act for the years
1886 consisted of the defendants Spies and Parsons, the librarian
one Belthazer Rau, an advertising agent of the Arbeiter Zeitung and one
Bach a member of the north side group and afterwards a director of the
Zeitung. Letters were always addressed to Spies, as a member of this
Besides the regular weekly meetings of
heretofore mentioned in their respective halls, there was occasionally
meeting of all the "armed sections" of the different groups at
These meetings of the armed sections whose members were located in the north, south and west divisions of the city, were irregular. They were called by a signal given by the Arbeitur Zeitung. This signal was: "Y- Komme Montag Abende," or "Y- come Monday night." Whenever these words appeared in the letter box column of the Arbeitur Zeitung they were understood to be a summons to the "armed sections" to meet on Monday night at Greif's Hall.
The evidence in the record shows that
in the city of
It thus appears that the branch of the
International Workingmen Association which existed in
There can be no doubt that the
described was an unlawful conspiracy. First, its purpose was unlawful.
designed to bring about a "social revolution." "Social
revolution" meant the destruction of the right of private ownership of
property, or of the right of the individual to own property; it meant
bringing about of a state of society in which all property should be
common. As a court, we are not concerned with the question, whether it
right or wrong to adopt and advocate an abstract theory in regard to
ownership of property, such as is here indicated. But this abstract
assumed a concrete and practical form. The police and militia were
as protectors and guardians of the form of ownership in property which
objected to. Hence, "social revolution" meant war upon the police and
militia. The destruction by force of the police and militia in the city
Second, its methods were unlawful. The arming and drilling of the groups was in violation of the militia law of the State or Illinois, which provides that, "it shall not be lawful for any body of men whatever, other than the regular organized volunteer militia of this state, and the troops of the United States, to associate themselves together as a military company or organization or to drill or parade with arms in any city or town of this state without the license of the governor, thereof" etc. It is not pretended that any such license was ever issued to these groups by the Governor of the State.
The central or governing authority of this International organization had its headquarters in the Arbeitur Zeitung building and in a room connected with the office of the Arbeitur Zeitung newspaper. From that place mainly its policy was dictated and the orders which controlled its movements, were issued. Among the principal persons who shaped its policy and outlined its course of action were the defendant. Spies, Schwab, Engel, Lingg Fielding, Parsons, Fischer and in a subordinate degree Neebe.
These defendants sought to use the organization for the purpose of bringing about the "social revolution," and, to that end, endeavored to increase its membership and perfect its discipline so as to hurl it against the police and militia, as the representatives of law and order. Among the means employed to accomplish this were, "agitation with a view to organization," and "organizations for the purpose of rebellion." The object of "agitation" was to increase the ranks of the "armed sections" of the International groups by recruits from the "Labor Unions" and other associations of working men. The meaning of "organization" was the arming of such recruits with dynamite and revolvers.
During the years 1885 and 1886 the defendants Spies, Schwabth Parsons, Engel and Fielden by numerous speeches, and by articles published in the newspaper organs above mentioned, persistently advised and encouraged the workingmen to arm themselves for a conflict with what were called the property owning classes and with the police and militia, who were regarded as the special protectors of those classes. These speeches were made at picnics in workingmen's halls, at gatherings of the International Groups, in Market square, from the windows of the Arbeitur Zeitung building. They denounced the police and militia. They inveighed against the "private right of property." They advised the purchase of rifles and dynamite.
Extracts from the "Alarm," "the Arbeitur Zeitung" and the "Anarchist" and from speeches of Schwab, Spies, Parsons, Fielden and Engel are set out in the statement which precedes this opinion and which is hereby referred to and made a part of the opinion.
The articles in the "Alarm" were most of them written by the defendant Parsons but some of them by the defendant Spies. The articles quoted from the "Arbeiter Zeitung" were written by the defendants Schwab and Spies. The single extract from the "Anarchist" was written by the defendant Engel.
The articles and speeches so collated are of the most violent and incendiary character. They seek to inspire a feeling of hatred among the working men against the police and militia and the property owning classes. They not only recommend the workingmen to arm themselves with dynamite and rifles but they give specific instructions how to handle and use dynamite and how to make bombs and how to procure weapons.
They recommend the workingmen to attend the meetings of the International Arbeiter Association and read its organs. They advise the formation of special groups for committing deeds of violence, which are called "revolutionary actions", and point out the means of avoiding discovery after such deeds are committed. In the Arbeiter Zeitung articles will be found such expressions as these: "Each working-man ought to have been armed long ago;" "Daggers and revolvers are easily to be gotten, hand grenades are cheaply to be produced; explosives, too, can be obtained;" "The working men ought to take aim at every member of the militia." "Your passport to it (Eden) is that banner, which calls to you in flaming letters the word "Anarchy""; "Therefore, workingmen, do arm yourselves with the most effectual means;" "There is no other way than to become immediately soldiers of the revolutionary army and establish conspiring groups and let the ruins fall on the homes of such;" "(We wonder) whether the workingmen x x x will at last supply themselves with weapons dynamite and prussic acid;" "Workingmen arm yourselves;" "Enough is said about the importance of being armed x x x. We are to go to work to supply ourselves as quickly as possible with these useful things. x x x Dynamite bears several names herein America, among others it is known in trade also under the names of Hercules powder and giant powder;" "There marched a strong company of well-armed comrades of the various groups x x x the nitroglycerine pills were not missing;" "There exists to day an invisible network of fighting groups;" "Every trades-union should make it obligatory to every member to keep a good gun at home and ammunition;" "If we do not bestir ourselves for a bloody revolution we cannot leave anything to our children but poverty and slavery. Therefore prepare ourselves in all quietness for the revolution."
"The following expressions will be found among the extracts from the Alarm:
"One man armed with a dynamite bomb is equal to one regiment of militia &c;" "Every man, who is master of these explosives, cannot be approached by an army of men;" "How can all this be done? Simply by making ourselves masters of the use of dynamite, then x x x x x administer instant death, by any and all means, to any and every person, who attempts to continue to claim personal ownership in anything x x x x. Our war is not against men, but against systems, yet we must prepare to kill men who will try to defeat our cause x x x. The rich are only worse than the poor because they have more power to wield this infernal "property right,"
"Dynamite is the emancipator; In the hand of the enslaved it cries aloud, `Justice or annihilation.' But, best of all, the working men are not only learning its use, they are going to use it. They will use it, and effectually, until personal ownership-property rights--are destroyed & c x x x. Hail to the social revolution. Hail to the deliverer Dynamite;" Nothing but an uprising of the people and a bursting open of all stores and store houses to the free access of the public and a free application of dynamite to every one who opposes, will relieve the world of this infernal nightmare of property and wages;" "Seeing the amount of needless suffering all about us, we say a vigorous use of dynamite is both humane and economical x x x. It is upon this theory that we advocate the use of dynamite. It is clearly more humane to blow ten men into eternity than to make ten men starve to death;" "Dynamite; Of all the good stuff, this is the stuff. Stuff several pounds of this sublime stuff into an inch pipe, gas or water pipe, plug up both ends, insert a cap with a fuse attached, place this in the immediate neighborhood of a lot of rich loafers who live by the sweat of other peoples brows, and light the fuse. A most cheerful and gratifying result will follow;" "The next issue of the Alarm will begin the publication of a series of articles concerning revolutionary warfare, viz: `The manufacture of Dynamite made easy'. `Manufacturing bombs.' `How to use dynamite properly &c." "All governments are domineering powers &c x x x. Assassination will remove the evil from the face of the earth. x x x Assassination properly applied is wise, just, humane and brave. For freedom, all things are just;" "Though everybody nowadays speaks of dynamite x x x x few have any knowledge of the general character and nature of this explosive. For those, who will sooner or later be forced to employ its destructive qualities in defense of their rights as men and from a sense of preservation, a few hints may not be out of place.
Dynamite may be handled with perfect safety, if proper care is used &c:" (then follow a series of minute directions).
During the months of December 1885, January, February and March 1886 the following notice appeared in the Arbeiter Zeitung:
" `Exercise in Arms.' Working men, who are willing to exercise in the handling of arms, should call every Sunday forenoon, at half past nine, at No 58 Clybourne Avenue, where they will receive instructions gratuitously."
In the Alarm from August 17, 1885 to April 24th 1886 appeared the following notice:
The armed section of the American group
One Herr Most had prepared a treatise or book, entitled "Revolutionary Warfare," containing instructions, that entered into the minutest details, as to the best mode of preparing dynamite and other explosives and of making bombs and other weapons. From time to time in 1885 and 1886 the Alarm and the Arbeiter Zeitung published translations and extracts from this book, for the evident purpose of communicating the information in it to the members of the groups and to their other readers among the workingmen. Specimen extracts from this treatise are set out in the 'Statement,' which prefaces this opinion.
In the extract from the "Anarchist" will be found the following expressions: "All government we hate. x x x Complaints should be sent to G. Engel. x x Working men and fellows: x x x he, who would war successfully must equip himself with all implements adapted to destroy his opponents x x x, We strive towards the overthrow of the existing order &C."
The defendant Schwab, in a speech delivered on April 26th 1886 about a week before the Haymarket meeting, said: "Every where police and murderers are employed to grind down working men. For every working man, who has died through the pistol of a deputy sheriff let ten of those executioners fall. Arm yourselves."
The defendant Spies, in a speech made in October 1885, said that "there were 9,000,000 of people, engaged in industrial trades in this country; there were but 1,000,000 of them as yet organized, while there were 2,000,000 of them unemployed; to make a movement, in which they were engaged, a successful one it must be a revolutionary one; don't let us x x x forget the most forcible argument of all - the gun and dynamite."
In speeches made by him, the defendant Parsons said in February 1885; "We need no President, no Congressmen, no police, no militia and no judges; they are all leeches sucking the blood of the poor, who have to support them by their labor; I say to you, rise, one and all, and let us exterminate then all. Woe to the police or the militia whom they send against us;" in April 1885 he said: "The only way to convince these capitalists and robbers is to use the gun and dynamite;" Again he said in April 1885: "If we would achieve our liberation from economic bondage and acquire our natural right to life and liberty, every man must lay by a part of his wages, buy a Colt’s navy revolver a Winchester Rifle and learn how to make and to use dynamite. Then raise the flag of rebellion, the scarlet banner of liberty, fraternity, equality and strike down to the earth every tyrant that lives upon this globe. Tyrants have no rights which we should respect. Until this is done, you will continue to be robbed, to be plundered, to be at the mercy of the privileged few; therefore agitate for the purpose of organization, organize for the purpose of rebellion, for wage-slaves have nothing to lose but their chains;" and in August 1885 referring to the street-car strike, he said; "If but one shot had been fired and Bonfield had happened to be shot, the whole city would have been deluged in blood and the social revolution would have been inaugurated."
The defendant Fielden, in speeches made
said in March 1885: "I want all to organize; every working man in
We care nothing either for the military or police, for these are in the pay of the capitalist;" again in March 1886 he said:
"We are told that we must attain our ends and aims by obeying law and order. Damn law and order: We have obeyed law and order long enough. The time has come for you, men, to strangle the law, or the law will strangle you."
The defendant Engle made a speech in German in February 1886 to a crowded hall of working men, of which one witness says:
"He advised everybody-- `every man wants to join them to save up three or our dollars to buy revolvers to shoot every policeman down;' he says he wants every working man whom he could get, to join them, and then advise every body you know-- you save up three or four dollars to buy a revolver that was good enough for shooting policemen down;" and again in the same month he made a speech to the north side workmen at Neff’s Hall, 58 Clybourne Avenue where the north side group met, as already stated, in which he said "that those who could not arm themselves and could not buy revolvers should buy dynamite, that it was very cheap and easily handled; he gave a general description how bombs could be made, how gas-pipes could be filled; that a gas pipe was to be taken and a wooden block put into the end and it was to be filled with dynamite; then the other end is also closed up with a wooden block and old nails are tied around the pipe by means of wire; then a hole is bored into one end of it and a fuse with a cap is put into that hole; that the nails should be tightened to the pipe, so that when it explodes there will be many pieces flying around; that gas-pipe could be found on the west side from the river, near the bridge."
The utterances by printed and spoken words, of which the quotations above made are specimens, were addressed to workingmen, of whom the defendant Spies says that they were "stupid and ignorant". While the members of the International groups were reading and hearing the appeals thus made to their prejudices, they were discussing their condition in weekly meetings and very many of then participating in weekly drills with arms.
The time, when the war against the police was to be inaugurated was not an indefinite period in the future. The evidence shows that the date fixed for the inauguration of the social revolution was the first of May 1886
Two years before May 1, 1886 the working
had "resolved that the eight hour system should be introduced in the
"Resolved, that, while we are skeptical in regard to the benefits that will accrue to the wage-workers in the introduction of an eight-hour work day &c." At a speech made at the same meeting Fielden said: "The eight hour law will be of no benefit to the workingman." An article in the Alarm dated April 3rd 1886, in which the defendant Parsons gives an account of a speech made by him to the American groups, shows that he only valued "the attempt to inaugurate the eight hour system, "because he thought it "would break down the capitalistic system and bring about such disorder and hardship, that the "social revolution" would become a necessity."
Engel said in the Anarchist: "We reject reformatory measures as useless play x x x. All endeavors of the working classes not aiming at the over throw of existing conditions of ownership x x are to us reactionary &c."
The first of May was fixed upon as the date for the inauguration of the "social revolution" because of the strikes and disturbances, which were then expected to grow out of the demand for the eight hour working day. It was anticipated, that many working men would then be out of employment and that their discontent and sufferings would drive them into an adoption of the revolutionary plans of the International groups.
The witness Johnson
says, that, at
the meetings of the armed section of the American group, "the first day
May was frequently mentioned as a good opportunity" for the revolution.
a speech in December 1885, at
The 1st of May will be our time to strike the blow, there are so many strikes and there will be 50000 men out of work.
Spies said that the conflict between the police and the "dynamiters" would probably occur, when there should be an universal strike for the eight hour law.
The International groups and other associations of workingmen were frequently urged to prepare to demand the eight hour law on the first of May 1886 with arms in their hands. They were told that such demand would be the more readily acceded to, if made by armed men.
In an article published in the Arbeiter Zeitung on the afternoon of Tuesday May 4th, 1886, only a few hours before the Hay market meeting occurred, the defendant Spies said: Six months ago, when the eight hour movement began, there were speakers and journals of the I.A.A. who proclaimed and wrote: "Workmen, if you want to see the eight hour system introduced arm yourselves. If you do not do this you will be sent home with bloody heads and birds will sing May songs on your graves."
Looking into some of the statements made by the journals and speakers referred to we find the following:
The Arbeiter Zeitung said on January 22, 1886: "With empty hands the workingmen will hardly be able to cope with the representatives of the club, in case, after the first of May of this year, there should be a general strike, x x x x but if the working men are prepared to eventually stop the working of the factories, to defend himself with the aid of dynamite and bombs against the militia, which will of course be employed, then and only then can you expect a thorough success of the eight hour movement;" it is said on January 23, 1886: "Therefore comrades armed to the teeth we want to demand our rights on the 1st of May in the other case there are only blows of the club for you;" it is said on March 2, 1886, "Who wants to attack capitalism in earnest must overthrow the body guards of it, the well-drilled and well-armed "men of order," and kill then, if he does not want to be murdered himself. But for this is needed an armed and systematically drilled organization", and on the same page are these words: "The time up to the 1st of May is short. Look out."
The Alarm said on September-5th, 1885: "Now in regard to the proposed strike next spring, a few practical words to our comrades. x x x Will the manufacturing kings grant the modest request x x? No, sir, x x x The will then draw from the army of unemployed; the strikers will attempt to stop them. Then comes the police and the militia, x x Say, workingmen, are you prepared to meet the latter; are you armed?"
The defendant Spies on
1885 at the meeting at
A little over two months after this resolution was introduced to wit: on December 29th, 1885, the north side group to which Schwab Linng and Neebe belonged, held a meeting at 58 Clybourne Avenue and adopted the following resolution: This assembly declares that the north side group, I.A.A. pledges itself to work with all means for the introduction of the eight hour day, beginning on the first of May 1886. At the same time the north side group cautions the working men not to meet the enemy unarmed on the 1st of May etc."
Besides the publication of extracts from
Host's book in the Alarm and Arbeiter Zeitung, the book itself was
circulated among the groups and other working men. The Arbeiter Zeitung
inserted, without charge, on March 2, 15, 18 and 25, 1886 the following
'Revolutionary Warfare' has arrived and is to be had through the
One of the witness essays he saw copies of Herr Most's book at meetings of the north side group and that "the north side group bought and sold them."
The effort of the defendants to prepare for the disturbances expected to grow out of the eight hour movement on or about May 1st, 1886 were not confined to speeches or newspaper articles. Nor was the circulation of Herr Most's book on 'Revolutionary Warfare' the only step taken towards the instruction of the groups in the mode of preparing and using dynamite. The record discloses the adoption by the defendants of other and more practical measures in the work of preparation.
In the fall of 1885 the defendant Engle
a gunsmith and enquired what a hundred or possibly two hundred large
could be purchased for, stating that they were wanted for some society.
bought and paid for one of the pistols for the purpose of presenting it
meeting of the society. After the Hay-market meeting a machine, which
intended to be used for the purpose of making bombs, was found by the
Engles house. The proof shows that in the late spring or early summer
a part of this machine was made by a tinner on
A witness engaged in the gun business, swears, that in February or March 1886 the defendant Parson called at his store and stated, that he wanted to buy 40 or 50 revolvers. Upon being shown the samples on hand, he declared that they were not what he desired, but that he wanted `old remodeled Remington revolvers'. The witness wrote for quotations as to the prices and gave them to Parsons upon his calling afterwards. He came in again once or twice but did not finally make the purchase.
The testimony shows,
that in the
summer of 1885 the defendants Fielder and Parsons participated in the
exercises, at 54 West Lake Street, of the armed section of the American
to which they both belonged, and of which Fielden was the secretary and
A drill occurred at that place on August 24th 1885. Fielden and Parsons
present and took part. Suspected persons were ejected, the door a were
and the company was drilled for a half or three quarters of an hour by
drill master, going through the regular manual drill, marching
counter-marching, turning, forming fours, wheeling &c. It was on
occasion that the ten members of the first company of the Lehr and Wehr
It furthermore appears from the evidence, that the defendants Spies, Schwab Fielden, Parsons and Fischer were engaged in handling bombs and experimenting with dynamite. Samples of bombs were kept at the rooms of the Arbeiter Zeitung. Improved kinds of bombs were several times left there for the inspection of the defendant Spies. At one time two bombs, whose shells were of iron, and which were so made as to be exploded by percussion, were left with the defendant Spies at his office in the building No. 107 Fifth Avenue. At another time two bombs, known as the Czar bombs, were brought to Spies at the same office and left there with him.
The defendant Spies admits in his testimony that he purchased bars of dynamite and caps and fuse for the purpose of experimenting with them. On the morning after the Hay-market meeting there were found at the office aforesaid a coil of fuse two bars of dynamite and a box containing fulminating caps for the explosion of dynamite.
Three witnesses swear that they were at the office of the Arbeiter Zeitung in April 1885 on the evening of what is known as the Board of Trade demonstration and after the demonstration had ended; that Spies, Parsons, Fielden and Schwab were present; that a dynamite cartridge, a coil of fuse and a fulminating cap were taken by Spies from a drawer in a desk and handed to Parsons, by whom they were exhibited to the witnesses. On that occasion Parsons said, that they were preparing for a warfare against the police and militia with bombs and dynamite and rifles and revolvers; and Fielden, who was standing at the elbow of Parsons, said "that the next time the police attempted to interfere with them they would be prepared for them," "and perhaps in the course of a year or so."
In August 1885 Seliger was present at the office of the Arbeiter Zietung at a meeting of the general or central committee of the International Association. He was there as a delegate from the north side group. The committee met in the evening in the library room belonging to the International Workingmen’s Association. The defendant Spies was present. Seliger saw there two bombs one round one and one long one. They were below the counter, Rau the advertising agent of the Arbeiter Zietung, was exhibiting them, while the delegates were present.
On Thanksgiving day in November 1885
there was a
meeting of workingmen on
Spies and other members of the organization, to which he belonged, were in the habit of going out into the country in the summer and practicing with bombs. their practice was directed to the two-fold objects of learning how to throw the bombs and also of learning how to explode them. An instance is referred to in the evidence, where one of them was exploded in a grove and demolished some of the trees.
One of the witnesses testifies, that in January 1886 at the Arbeiter Zeitung office he had an interview with the defendant Spies, at which one of the Czar bombs here to fore referred to, was produced and shown by Spies, and afterwards carried away by the witness. On that occasion Spies stated, that bombs were sometimes distributed through the Arbeiter Zeitung office, and that the one then shown was one of the samples they kept there. He also then stated, that a fuse bomb with a detonating cap inside, such as was the Czar bomb, had been proven to be the best kind, and that shells made of compound metal were much better that shells made of all lead or all metal. He spoke of a body of tall strong men in their organization who could throw bombs, weighing five pounds, 150 paces.
He stated that the bombs in question were to be used in case of conflict with the police or militia.
Coming back to the defendant Linng, we think it quite apparent from the testimony, that his efforts in the matter of constructing bombs, as heretofore narrated, were made under the auspices of the International Association and in furtherance of its objects and purposes. What he did was merely a part of that general preparation, which the other defendants and the groups already described, were making for the conflict expected to take place in the early part of May 1886.
That this is so will appear from several considerations.
First --- In March 1886 the Carpenters union had a ball at Florus Hall, NO 73 West Lake street. A profit was made on the beer sold at this ball, and it was there suggested, that the money representing that profit should be used to buy targets lead &c. for some shooting practices, that were expected to take place. The money, was however, turned over to the "armed section" of the Carpenters Union, that is to say, to those members of the Carpenters Union, who belonged to the armed section of the different International groups. Several of these members came together at a subsequent meeting and resolved to buy dynamite and practice with that, instead of shooting at targets. The last named meeting also took place at Florus' Hall, and Linng and Lehman who both belonged to the "armed section" of the North side group, were present. Lehman says: "It was unanimously resolved, that we were to buy dynamite with it and to experiment with it to find out how it was used, how it was handled. We were unanimous that some one should take the thing in hand, and Linng was entrusted with it, and he took the money and bought dynamite with it."
It was just about this time, to wit: the middle of March 1886 when Linng first brought a bomb and dynamite to Seliger's house and began to melt and cast and make shells, as heretofore set forth
It thus appears, that about two months or six weeks before the Haymarket meeting the defendant Linng was selected by certain members of the armed sections of the International groups as their agent to buy dynamite with their money and experiment with it and learn how to use and handle it.
The reason why Linng was selected for
is quite manifest. Although he was only 21 or 22 years old at the time
trial, and prior thereto, had lived in this country only about nine or
months, he seems to have taken an active interest in the movements of
International Association. He had been a Socialist in
Second. Thielen, Lehman, Seliger Herman or Henman Huebner, who were with Linng on Tuesday after-noon, while he was filling the bombs, and some of whom were assisting him in his work, were all prominent members of the "armed sections" of the International groups. Huebner was the Librarian of the North side group and had charge of the distribution of Herr Most's book. Seliger, with whom Linng had boarded for months and who was his main assistant in making the bombs, was member of the general committee, which stood at the head of all the groups, and as has already been stated had been present with Spies at a session of that committee when Ran was exhibiting to its members samples of round and long bombs, such as Linng himself afterwards made.
Third, One of the Czar bombs, which was in the possession of Spies in January 1886, was produced upon the trial of this cause in the court below. It is similar in all respects to the bombs made by Linng and to the bomb which exploded at the Hay market. We find photographic views of it in the record. It consists of two semi-globular shells fastened together by a metallic bolt, with a head at one end and a nut at the other. It has a fuse and detonating cap, the latter pinched to hold the fuse, just as appears in the photographic representations, to be found in the record, of the bombs made by Linng.
The nut taken from the body of Hahn, corresponded as exactly with the nut upon the Czar bomb as with the nuts upon the Linng bombs.
A chemical analysis was made of the material of the shell of the Czar Bomb, and such material was found to be of the same composite manufacture, as that which characterized the Linng bombs and the Haymarket bomb. "The Spies bomb" or "Czar bomb" as found like the others to consist also chiefly of lead with a small quantity of tin and traces of the same antimony, iron and Zinc. "This circumstance, taken in connection with the declaration of Spies, that members of the International groups had, by practice and experiment, demonstrated the superiority of compound metal in the construction of bomb shells, points very strongly to the conclusion, that the Czar bomb, retained by Spies in his possession in January 1886, was used by Linng as a sample and was the same bomb, which Seliger saw at his house in Linngs hands more than six weeks before May 4th 1886.
Fourth. Another circumstance is worthy of mention in this connection. In a communication upon the subject of making bombs, published by Spies in the Alarm on June 27th 1885 he says; "When filling bombs - X- X--X tie a handkerchief over the mouth and nose, so that you may not inhale the dangerous gases. --X--X--X In filling bombs use a little wooden stick &c".
It has already been stated, that when Linng and Huebuer were filling bombs on the afternoon of Tuesday May 4th 1886, each of them had a cloth tied around his face, and Seliger and Linng used a flat piece of wood, made by Linng for the purpose of putting dynamite into the shells. Thus the instructions given Spies in the Alarm were literally complied with by the bomb makers on May 4th 1886.
We think the jury were warranted in believing from the evidence, that the home, which exploded at the Haymarket, was made by the defendant Linng in furtherance of the conspiracy already described.
The question, which next suggests itself, is whether the bomb, so made, was thrown at the Haymarket by a member of said conspiracy, or by someone acting under its direction and in pursuance of its designs.
In order to solve this question, it will be necessary to make a preliminary investigation as to the disposition, which Lingg and his assistants made of the bombs, constructed by them, after they were prepared for use.
The bombs, made and filled on Tuesday
and evening, were carried by Linng and Seliger on that evening from
house over to no. 58 Clybourne Avenue, known as Neff’s hall. The trunk
satchel in which they had been placed, was carried a part of the way by
and Seliger by means of a stick drawn through the handle. They were met
way, however by Muenzenberger who has been heretofore spoken of, and he
to have then taken the trunk and carried it the rest of the way on his
shoulder. It was about ten minutes' walk from
At no. 58 Clybourne Avenue the front
room on the
first floor is a saloon. Back of the saloon is a hall or assembly room
the saloon and hall is a passage way, which can be entered by doors
from the saloon and hall, and also by a door opening upon a walk that
along the side of the building into the street. On this evening a
painters was in session in the hall. Linng, Seliger and Muezenberger
into the saloon, and Linng inquired of Neff if any one had been there
for him, to which he received a negative reply. Linng and Seliger,
by Muenzenberger with the satchel or trunk, then went from the saloon
passage-way above referred to. The trunk was placed upon the floor in
passage-way or hall-way and opened. Seliger says; "several persons came
and took bombs. There were different ones there, who took bombs out for
themselves." he saw three or four take then. He himself took two and
carried them in his pocket, until after the explosion that night, when
buried them under the sidewalk on
Linng and Seliger then went out of the building, no. 58 Clybourne Avenue, leaving the open satchel with the bombs in it in the passage-way, where it has been deposited.
Muenzenberger also disappeared. The latter seemed to be a stranger; Neff, the keeper of the saloon, never saw him, until he brought the satchel there that night; Lehmann did not know him, as has already been stated; although he was at Seliger's house that afternoon from 4 to 6 o'clock working at bombs. Seliger did not know his name and did not learn it until some time afterwards.
This circumstance naturally calls to mind the instructions in regard to revolutionary actions, published in the Arbeiter Zeitung on March 16th. 1885, and set forth in the `statement' hereto prefixed, one sentence of which is as follows: "in the commission of a deed a comrade, who does not live at the place of action, that is, a comrade of some other place, ought, if possibility admits, to participate in the action, or formulated differently, a revolutionary deed ought to be enacted where one is not known".
In this narration in regard to the disposition of the bombs two
noticeable. First, they were carried to and left at
Second, the fact, that as soon as the trunk was opened and deposited in the hall-way, men came forward and took bombs therefrom, indicates an expectation, that bombs would be found at that place at that time.
The prompt appearance of these men at 58
Avenue as soon as Linng arrived there and their immediate appropriation
of the bombs
placed before them, are circumstances which tend to establish the
some more specific plan for the use of the bombs than that which has
been pointed out. To ascertain what this specific plan was will require
examination of the events immediately preceding the explosion of the
the Haymarket. Up to the last days of April 1886 the conspiracy, in
defendants were engaged, was general in its character. Its object was
destruction of the police and militia of
The preparations for the expected conflict became more definite, as the eight hour movement approached its culmination. Inside of the general conspiracy already described and growing naturally out of it, a more detailed plan for securing the ends sought to be attained was originated, adopted and partially executed.
Early in the evening of May 3rd. 1886, xx commander of the Lehr and Wehr Verein rented the basement of the building, known as no. 54 West Lake Street and also called Greif's Hall, for the purpose of holding there on that evening a meeting of the "armed sections" of the international groups.
The meeting was held in pursuance of the arrangement so made. It was secret. A guard was placed in front of the building and another was also stationed in the rear to prevent any entrance into the basement by outsiders.
Some seventy or eighty members of the "armed sections" from the north, south and west divisions of the city were present. The session lasted from eight o'clock to eleven o'clock. The members present at this gathering discussed and adopted the plan hereafter set forth.
On the day before, that is to say, on the morning of Sunday May 2nd. 1886 at ten o'clock, the members of the second company of the Lehr and Wehr Verein and of the northwest side group had met at bohemian hall on Emma Street in the northwestern part of the city. On that occasion the defendants Engel and Fischer were both present. Engel had there submitted to this Emma Street meeting "a plan of his own conception, according to which, whenever it would come to a conflict between the police and the northwestern groups, that bombs should be thrown into the police stations, and the rifle men of the Lehr and Wehr Verein should post themselves in line in a certain distance and whoever would come out should be shot down, all those that would come out of the station or stations, he said; then it should proceed in that way until we would come to the heart of the city. Within the heart of the city, of course the fight should commence in earnest. It was also arranged, that the members of the northwest side groups should "mutually assist themselves to make an attack upon the police," and "if any one had any thing with him he should use it."
This plan of Engel had been submitted by
On the next evening, that is to say, on the evening of Monday May 3rd. 1886, Engel and Fischer were also present at the meeting in the basement of Grief's Hall and actively participated in the proceedings there taken. Among those assembled at this meeting there had been distributed a certain circular, written that afternoon by the defendant Spies, known as the "revenge circular" this circular will be hereafter more particularly referred to. It alleged that six workingmen had been killed by the police on that very afternoon at a disturbance in the southwestern part of the city, and called upon the workmen to arm themselves and "avenge the atrocious murder, which has been committed upon your brothers today and which will likely be committed upon you tomorrow".
The contents of the circular were discussed and suggestions were made as to what should be done within the next few days. The defendant Engel then presented to the representatives of all the groups the plan, which had been accepted, at his suggestion, on the day before, by the northwest side group alone. There was some opposition to it. One member "thought that there was too few of us and it would be no better if we would place ourselves among the people and fight right in the midst of them. There was some opposition to that to be in the midst of the crowd, as we could not know, who would be our nearest neighbor of the crowd; there might be a detective right near us or some one else." The plan of Engel was, however, finally adopted.
The several features of the plan adopted on Monday evening deserve special consideration, in view of the occurrences at the Haymarket on the succeeding evening.
First, as to the attacks upon the police and the police stations. It was Engel's suggestion, that the members of the armed sections should come to the assistance of the workingmen, whenever a collision between them and the police should grow out of the eight-hour strike then in progress; that a bomb should be thrown into each police station in the city, beginning with that on North Avenue in the north division, and, the policemen as they rushed out of the station on account of the explosion of the bomb so thrown should be shot down by the rifle-men of the Lehr and Wehr Verein, stationed in line for that purpose; that the police would thus be prevented from coming from their respective stations to the scene of conflict, when they should be summoned by the authorities to do so; that the different "International" bodies, after storming the stations and shooting down the police, should march inwards towards the center of the city, destroying whatever should oppose them; that the telegraph wires, and the hose of the firemen should be cut; that the ranks of the internationals would gain large accessions from the workingmen, as soon as these attacks upon the police should be begun.
Second, as to the signal for the inauguration of the attacks upon the police. The defendant Fischer suggested the German word "ruhe", the signification of which, in English, is "rest" or "peace", as a signal word to be adopted by the meeting. His proposition was agreed to. By the terms of it, whenever the word "ruhe" should appear in the letter-box column of the Abbeiter Zeitung, it was to be understood, that the "social revolution" had begun; the publication of that word in the paper named was to be a signal to the members of the "armed sections" of the various groups, that they were to arm themselves and repair to certain specified meeting places, and, when they should there be informed by report from a committee hereinafter named, that a collision or conflict had taken place between the police and the workingmen, they were then to proceed to attack the stations and the policemen therein with bombs and rifles, as already stated.
Third, as to the Haymarket meeting. The
feature of the meeting of the armed sections on Monday night was the
arrangement made for a mass meeting on Tuesday evening at the
Fourth, the appointment by the armed sections of a committee. As a part of the plan adopted on Monday night, a committee consisting of one or two from each group, was appointed, the business of which was to be present at the Haymarket and To "observe the movement not only on the Haymarket Square but in the different parts of the city, and if a conflict should happen," to report to the members of the armed sections at their various meeting places, as above indicated. The committee was also entrusted with the task of publishing the word "Ruhe" in the Arbeiter Zeitung, when, in their judgment, the occasion for doing so should arise. As we understand the evidence, this same committee was to have the general control of the Haymarket meeting.
Fifth, a resolution was passed, that the details of the plan, adopted by those present on Monday night, should be communicated to absent members, who could be relied upon.
Rudolph Schnaubelt, who, a part of the
tends to identify as the thrower of the bomb on Tuesday night,
the plan adopted should also be communicated to comrades living in
cities, so that the revolution should commence in other places as well
Returning now to a consideration of the appointment of the Haymarket meeting, considered as a part of the Monday night plan we think the jury were warranted in believing, from the evidence, that that meeting was not intended by those, who made the arrangements for holding it, to be a peaceable assemblage.
First the resolution, which provided for calling it was adopted be a secret gathering of the armed sections of the International groups. The record reveals many circumstances tending to show that a conflict was to be precipitated between the police and the twenty-five thousand workingmen who were expected to be present at the Haymarket. As one of the witnesses expresses it, it was to be held "to cheer up the workingmen so that they should be prepared if a conflict should happen."
Second, The defendant Fischer, in the
on Monday night, assigned as a reason why the proposed mass meeting
be held at
The Haymarket is a widening of
The speakers were not on the Haymarket
Between Crane's alley and the alley
north of and
parallel with it is the Manufacturing establishment of Crane Bros., a
building closed and unlighted at night and in the shadow of which stood
wagon of the speakers. Some boxes had been placed on the edge of the
It will thus be seen, that all the surroundings of the wagon, in the way of streets, alleys, halls, buildings, sympathetic crowds etc. furnished easy means of approach, escape and concealment. As a more strategical point, no better position could have been selected for the occurrences, which actually took place on Tuesday night, than the spot, where the speakers' wagon was located.
Third, the language of the Hand-bill,
calling the Haymarket
meeting, which was issued in pursuance of instructions from the armed
assembled in Greif's building on Monday night, shows that the meeting
intended to be altogether peaceable. On Tuesday morning at quarter past
o'clock, Fischer went to a printing office at the corner of
tonight, at 7.30 o'clock,
Good speakers will be present to denounce the latest
atrocious act of the police, the shooting of our
fellow-workmen yesterday afternoon.
Workingmen, Arm Yourselves and Appear in Full Force!
The Executive Committee.
The testimony is abundant, that many copies of this hand-bill, containing the words: "Workingmen, Arm yourselves and appear in full force" were printed in German and English and distributed among the workingmen throughout the city on Tuesday, May 4th, 1886. Why urge men to come armed to an assemblage, if the assemblage is to be peaceable, especially where such arming is in violation of the law of the state?
It is true, that at a later hour in the day on Tuesday, a number of hand-bills were distributed, which were exactly the same as the above, with the exception that the words, "Arm yourselves and appear in full force" were omitted. But the evidence shows, that the objectionable words were only left out of the second set of hand-bills through fear that they might deter some of the workmen from attending the meeting.
All the hand-bills, however, both those with and those without the objectionable words, declared the object of the meeting to be, not to discuss the eight-hour movement, but to "denounce the latest atrocious act of the police, the shooting of our fellow-workmen yesterday afternoon." What was the act of the police on Monday afternoon for which they were to be denounced?
A manufacturing company in the southwestern part of the city had employed certain laborers, belonging to organizations styled "Unions" and hence called "Union laborers"? These "Union" workmen had inaugurated a strike and quit work. The company employed in their places, other workmen, not connected with the "Unions" and called "Non-union" workmen. The striking "Union" laborers and certain "lumber shovers" had made a most violent attack not only upon the non-union laborers, but upon the buildings and property of the company. The police had been an summoned to quell the riot, and, as the result of their efforts to do so, one person and not six, had died from the effect of wounds received on that occasion.
The city authorities did their duty, when they ordered the police to stop this unjustifiable attack of the union workmen, reinforced by striking lumber-shovers upon men, who were pursuing their lawful business. It follows, that the Haymarket meeting was called for the purpose of denouncing the officers of the law, because they had done their duty.
Fourth, the testimony of Waller and Seliger shows, that some trouble, not clearly defined in the language of unlearned witnesses speaking through an interpreter, was expected to take place at the Haymarket meeting. The discussions at the Monday night meeting indicated such an expectation. What other construction can be placed upon such language as this, used at that meeting? "It would be no better if we would place ourselves among the people and fight right in the midst of them we could not know who would be our nearest neighbor of the crowd; there might be a detective right near us etc.
One of the witnesses says, that "it was
planned to attack the police stations to prevent the police from coming
if there should be a fight in the city", and that those present Monday
night expected there would be a fight. That this fight was expected to
place at or near the Haymarket would appear from the fact, that, as
soon as the
stations were blown up, the armed men and the workmen joining them
"to the heart of the city", where the fight would commence in
earnest. The Haymarket was in the heart of the city. Linng stated to
Tuesday night "That there should be made a disturbance everywhere on
north side to prevent the police from going over on the west side." If
place, to which the police were to be kept from going by the attacks
stations, was in the heart of the city and on the west side, it could
been very far from the
Fifth, the same committee which had charge of the Haymarket meeting and had the power to call together the armed men at their meeting-places by the insertion of the word "ruhe" in the Arbeiter Zeitung was also instructed to attend at the Haymarket and from there carry early reports to these meeting places. The thing they were to report to the armed men was a conflict with the police. As they were to attend at the Haymarket and report from there, a conflict must have been expected there.
That the plan adopted on Monday night with its provisions for bomb-throwing, shooting, meeting-places, signal, committee, mass-meeting, communication with absent members &c was an unlawful conspiracy, there can be no doubt.
The question now arises whether the murder of Degan was committed in pursuance of this conspiracy and as one of the objects. To be attained by it, and whether the murder occurred while the parties to the conspiracy were engaged in such prosecution of it that Degan's death is to be considered the natural and necessary outcome and consequence of that prosecution. In other words, were the occurrences of Tuesday night the result of the conspiracy of Monday night? Was that which was done on Tuesday night done for the purpose of carrying out the plan of Monday night?
First, the main feature of the Monday night plan was the provision for throwing a bomb into each police station and then shooting down the policemen, as they should come out. This provision had two parts; first, a bomb was to be thrown, creating destruction and confusion; second, in the midst of the confusion following upon the explosion of the bomb, the members of the armed sections and the Riflemen of the Lehr und Wehr Verein were to fire into the policemen and destroy them before they could recover from their surprise. Did this feature correspond with either or any of the events of TTuesday night? In order to determine whether it did or not, it is necessary to notice some of the occurrences, which took place at the Haymarket meeting.
The crowd in attendance there was in the
The station where the policemen had been holding themselves in readiness during the meeting, was located on the west side of Des Plaines Street, 75 feet south of the Haymarket and some 300 feet or more south of the wagon and between Randolph Street on the north and Washington Street on the south, the latter being the next street south of and parallel with Randolph Street. Some electric lights in front of a theatre on
The police formed in line on
The language in which the order was
uttered, is as
follows "I command you, in the name of the people of the state of
If the police officers had improperly intruded upon the meeting in question, such intrusion would have furnished no justification for the attack hereinafter mentioned. Persons injuriously affected by such improper intrusion or illegal dispersion had their remedies at law for damages sustained; or they could have demanded an investigation before the proper authorities and, upon proving their charges, could have obtained the dismissal of officers, guilty of infringement upon the rights of citizens.
We cannot say, however, that in view of
facts and circumstances surrounding the occasion, the police officers
justly chargeable with exceeding their authority in the premises. Much
disturbance and disorder existed in the city. Many strikes had recently
occurred among the laboring men, many of whom were out of employment
smarting under feelings of discontent. It had been reported to the
that the riot already referred to of the preceding afternoon in
the southwestern part
of the city had been mainly incited by a speech delivered to some
shovers" on the "black road" by the defendant Spies, who was
observed to be the most active spirit at the Haymarket meeting. Copies
"revenge circular" and of the hand bill prepared by the defendant
Fischer, had fallen into the hands of the police. A rumor had also come
their headquarters, that it was the intention of parties at the
to proceed to some neighboring railroad freight houses, where non-union
laborers were employed, and blow them up. In addition to all this, it
reported to the officer in command of the force at the
As soon as the order to disperse was given, the defendant Fielden descended from the wagon, making use of the words "we are peaceable." whether or not these words were uttered as the English equivalent of the German word "ruhe" which meant "peace" the evidence does not conclusively show.
Certain it is, that no sooner had Fielden said "we are peaceable" than the bomb exploded and in a few seconds thereafter a volley of shots were fired.
Whether the crowd, which, upon the advance of the police in the middle of the street had scattered to the north of the wagon and to the sidewalks on the east and west sides of Des Plaines Street, fired into the police or not, is one of the disputed questions in the case. According to the testimony for the state, persons in the street and upon the sidewalks discharged their revolvers into the midst of the police, some of the witnesses estimating the number of shots at 75 or 100. On the other hand, witnesses for the defense swear, that the only shooting, which was done, came from the ranks of the police themselves. That the latter fired into the crowd after the explosion is an admitted fact, but the prosecution claims that they did not do so, until after they were fired into.
We think the weight of evidence is in favor of the position of the state upon this subject. If it be conceded, that the witnesses for the prosecution, who are, for the most part, policemen are interested on one side of the question, and that the witnesses for the defense, who are, for the most part, partisans of, or sympathizers with, the prisoners are interested on the other side of the question, there is, yet, other evidence, which seems to be decisive of the matter.
The testimony of the surgeons who are entirely disinterested, shows that two police officers died from the effects of bullet wounds and that many more, who did not die, received bullet wounds. As the policemen were a solid body of weel-drilled men standing together in the street in well-formed lines and orderly ranks, it is impossible that they should have shot into their own midst. This being so, the bullet wounds received by them must have been caused by shots from the crowd in their front and on their side in addition to this, it has already appeared that many of the persons around the wagon had been preparing for along time for the events expected to grow out of the eight hour movement on May 1, 1886, by exercises in drilling, by the purchase of arms, by experiments with dynamite and had been repeatedly urged in speeches, in newspaper articles and by the circulars already mentioned to meet those events in a state of armed preparation.
Moreover, several of the newspaper reporters, who were present confirm the statements of the policemen, that shots were fired from the sidewalks into the police. One of the reporters saw several men around the wagon boldly exhibiting their revolvers while the speaking was coming on. A revolver was round on the sidewalk near the wagon, several barrels of which had been discharged.
It is apparent from this review of the evidence, that just such an attack was made at the Haymarket as was contemplated and arranged for by the conspiracy of Monday night. First, a bomb was thrown among the policemen; next shots were fired into their ranks by armed men, belonging to the organizations heretofore described and who had been gathered around the wagon during the evening. In the order of time, the shooting occurred a few seconds after the bomb exploded. This was the order in which the onset with the two different kinds of weapons was to be made according to the terms of the conspiracy. The mode of attack, as made, corresponded with the mode of attack, as planned.
It is true, that the plan adopted
throwing of a bomb into each station and then shooting down the police
should come out. This was to be done, however, not only at the
If a hires b to shoot c at the Sherman house in the city of Chicago on a certain night, but b, seeing c enters the Tremont house, on the same night, shoots him there, a is none the less guilty of aiding, abetting, advising and encouraging the murder of c. If there is a conspiracy to kill policemen at a station house, but the agents of the conspiracy kill the policemen at a short distance away from the station - house, there is no such departure from the original as to relieve the conspirators of responsibility.
A plan for the perpetration of a crime or for the accomplishment of any action, whether worthy or unworthy, cannot always be executed in exact accordance with the original conception. It must suffer some change or modification in order to meet emergencies and unforeseen contingencies.
The international groups, as will be
hereafter, had received information, that
the police intended to hold themselves
in readiness for the expected outbreak at their respective stations.
presence of 180 policemen at the
This appears from the language of Spies in his speech from the wagon, when he said: "it seems to have been the opinion of the authorities that this meeting has been called for the purpose of raising a little row and disturbance" &c and when he asked "what meant this array of Gatling guns. Infantry ready to arm patrol wagons and policemen?" it appears from the excited demeanor of Schwab, who says that he went from the Arbeiter Zeitung office to the Haymarket passing through the tunnel and walking on Washington Street, and that he turned from Washington Street north on Des Plaines Street. This course would take him by the Des Plaines Street station where he must have seem the policemen forming on waldo place. Just after this, he is described by two witnesses as rushing along hurriedly and almost running into the mayor; and by one witness as engaged in a conversation a few moments later with Spies, in which the word "police" was used. Fischer and waller, also noticed the mounting of patrol wagons on waldo place and indulged in some conjectures as to what it meant. Some change of programme would also seem to be indicated by the delay in opening the meeting. It was not called to order until half past eight or nine o'clock, although the hour stated in the hand-bills was half-past seven. It was not actually opened until Linng had deposited the bombs at no. 58 Clybourne Avenue. He was evidently slow in his preparations. Mrs. Seliger says that her husband and Linng and Huebner and Thielen and Herhann and some others, whose names she did not know, were at work on the bombs at her house until past seven o'clock. From the fact that Seliger and Linng were met on the way to Neff’s hall by Muensenberg, the blacksmith, it would appear that the latter had been sent forward to hasten their movements.
The various details here related tend to show that some occurrence had taken place which had not been expected or provided for. But not withstanding the fact that the Monday night conspiracy may have been varied somewhat to suit the new conditions we think the jury were warranted in believing that the bomb was thrown and the shots were fired as a part of the execution of that conspiracy.
Second., the second feature of the Monday night conspiracy was the publication of the signal-word "ruhe" in the Arbeiter Zeitung, an afternoon paper, issued every day at two oclock. The word "ruhe" was published in the Arbeiter Zeiting on the after noon of Tuesday May 4 th, 1886, about five hours and a half before the hour for which the Haymarket meeting was called. It appeared in the letter box colume in the heavy type and heavily underscored. Its publication announced the arrival of the "social revolution" it was a call issued to the "armed sections" to arm themselves and repair to their meeting place and await orders. Here certainly was an execution of a part of the conspiracy shortly before the opening of the meeting, at which the murder of Degan took place.
It is clear that the publication of the
"ruhe" in a German paper might not be notice to the armed members of
the American group, who presumanly could not speak or read German. The
this time was only issued every half month. Accordingly on Tuesday
about the same time when the word "ruhe" appeared in the arbeiter
zeiting, there also appeared in one of the afternoon English papers of
the following notice: "American group meets to-night, Tuesday,
The question, which here naturally suggests itself, is: was there a gathering of the armed men at their meeting- plages in obedience to the call, implied in the word "ruhe"?
The evidence does not disclose how many meeting plages there were nor the location of all of them.
The meeting place selected for the
members of the
north-west side group would appear to have been
According to the testimony of Seliger as
declarations of Linng, Greif's Hall or
It was only two blocks east from
The meeting place for the American group
evening was the Arbeiter Zeitung office at
At least six of those present, including the defendants Parsons and Fielden, belonged to the armed section. They all left and came over to the Haymarket meeting some time between half past eight and nine o,clock Tuesday evening.
The meeting place of many of the armed members of the north side group on Tuesday evening was Neff’s hall. Linng, Seliger, Lehman, Smideke, Thielen and others were there on that evening between eight and half past nine o'clock.
Many went there to get bombs. Thielen
received two loaded bombs, some cartridges and two cigar boxes full of
from Linng on that after noon was there a considerable portion of the
and is spoken of by Neff as "hanging around out in front of the saloon
the sidewalk". We think the evidence warrants the conclusion, that
Some of the meeting places were to be at certain "corners" the armed men were to go from their meeting-plages to attack the stations, they were to attack the stations, in order to prevent the policemen from getting out of them so as to go to the scene of conflict, when they should be summoned, hence, many of the meeting places would be near the stations.
One of the stations to be attacked and
specifically named at the Monday night assemblage was the North Avenue
the evidence shows that Linng, Seliger, Lehhann, Smideke, Thielen and
men, belonging to the Lehr und Wehr Verein, all of whom were armed with
were seen standing and moving between eight and ten o'clock on Tuesday
night at corners
and on streets in the near neighborhood of the
Seliger and Linng were also that night still further north in the neighborhood of a police station near the corner of Webster and Lincoln avenues. Others who left 58 Clybourne Avenue just after the bombs had been deposited there "went ahead" of Seliger and Linng, so that the course taken by them must have been still further northward and in the neighborhood of Deering where the defendant Schwab made a speech to some striking workingmen about ten o'clock on that night after he had left the Haymarket.
One or more of these meeting-places or
in the neighborhood of the
Thus it is proven, that armed men did gather at certain corners and meeting places on Tuesday night. There is evidence which would warrant the jury in believing, that such gatherings took place in obedience to the call agreed upon at the Monday night meeting.
Third. The third feature of the Monday night conspiracy was the appointment of a mass-meeting at the Haymarket. The meeting was held and its general character has already been discussed.
Fourth, the fourth branch of the conspiracy had reference to the action of the committee that was charged with the double duty of publishing the signal word "ruhe" and reporting to the armed men at their meeting-places any conflict or collision that might occur at the Haymarket or elsewhere. Did this committee attend at the Haymarket and carry reports the thence to those gathered at the "corners" and other meeting places?
Upon the reception of these reports attacks were to be made upon the police. The thing to be reported was any collision or conflict, that might happen to occur between the police and the workingmen. Such collisions ordinarily grew out of attempts to protect employers or non-union laborers against strikers but that an act of interference with a meeting of workingmen would be regarded as coming within the meaning of the word "conflict" or "collision" as here understood, is apparent from Linngs statement, made to Seliger when he first brought a bomb to the latters house and showed him pipes and shells, his statement was, that the bombs would be used not only on occassions of strikes, but "where there were meetings of workingmen and they should be disturbed by the police".
At the Haymarket the collision grew out of an attempt to disperse a meeting that appeared to have been called for an illegal purpose. The movement of the police upon the crowd for the purpose of effecting this dispersion was such a coming together of policemen and workingmen, as would very naturally be construed by many of the conspirators or their unlearned agents to be within the meaning of the Monday night plan. To regard the advance of the police into the midst of those standing around the wagon as authorizing and justifying the attack contemplated by the terms of the Monday night conspiracy was a natural interpretation of those terms, in view of all the circumstances and of the character of the parties concerned.
As the march to the wagon and the order to dispurse did not occur, until the station had been left, the police were out of the station, before the occasion for the attack arose, and hence the throwing of the bomb into the station itself was an unnecessary act.
Even if it be true, that the committee already named, made no report to the armed men at their meeting places, as contemplated by their terms of the conspiracy, it may be said that such report was unnecessary, so far as those posted near the Des Plaines Street station were concerned. The only object of such reports was to give information of a conflict or collision. The armed men at the Haymarket themselves saw the colision and heard the order to disperse, and were therefore informed of the arrival of the occasion for an attack without any report from the committee.
However this may be, the evidence tends to show, that certain parties did go from the Haymarket to one or more of the meeting-places on Tuesday night, and that they so went, as bearers of some message or communication, whether the communication suggested by this passage of persons from point to point had any reperence to the large gathering of policemen at the Des Plaines Street station, does not appear.
Balthazar Rau the advertising agent of the Arbeiter Zeitung, was one of the most active men in the promotion of the schemes of the internationalists, as had already been stated, he exhibited a specimen bomb in august 1885 to the central committee in session at the Arbeiter Zeitung office, when Seliger was present as a deligate. The written copy of the words "y komme montag abend", published in the "die fackel" on sunday may 2 nd, and calling the meeting of the armed men on Monday night was in his hand writing. We introduced Spies to the chairman of the meeting of the lumber shovers on Monday afternoon. He distributed the "revenge" circular Monday evening at Zepf's Hall, he knew the meaning of the signal "ruhe" and according to the testimony of Spies talked with the latter about it on Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday night he was seen moving among the crowd on the Haymarket.
On that evening he made two trips between the Arbeiter Zeitung office and the Haymarket, once in company with Schwab, and again in company with Fielden, Parsons and Snyder, he was seen at zepp's hall just after the explosion. He was in consultation with Spies, Schwab, fricke and others at the Arbeiter Zeitung office on Tuesday afternoon between five and seven o'clock and on Tuesday morning between nine and ten o'clock, he was present at the same place with fisher, Spies, Schwab and gruenhut at an interview in reference to the hand-bills heretfore mentioned.
Gruenhut speaks of him as being on an agitation committee and on the committee for the internationalists; special mention is made of him by herr most in his letter to Spies.
This same Rau on Tuesday night went from
Haymarket to the meeting of the American group then in session at the
the Arbeiter Zeitung, and in obedience to a notice from him, all those
there went over to the speakers wagon on
Parsons in speaking of what took place at the Arbeiter Zeitung office says; "some one, I understood it was a committee came over from the Haymarket they stated that they came from the Haymarket or some one told me they did". Fischer stated after his arrest, that he was at the arbieter zeitung office that night. And he was a member of the executive committee, that called the Tuesday night meeting, as shown by the signature to the hand-bill.
Thus there is evidence from which the jury were warranted in believing, that Fielden and Parsons and their associates were called from the in meeting-place to the Haymarket by the summons of a committee.
Furthermore about eight o'clock a little
that time on Tuesday evening, the defendant Schwab was at the office of
Zeitung and several telephone messages passed between him and a letter
of that paper in the north western part of the city. He went over to
Haymarket and leaving there later in the evening, took a Clybourne
at the court house and went to Deering at or near the corner of
Clybourne and Fullerton
avenues, when he arrived at his destination, he was standing on the
platform of the car, during his journey he passed by no. 58 Clybourne
where men had just been helping themselves from the open satchel of
bombs, where Linng had just inquired of Neff, the saloon keeper, if
one had been there asking for him". Where Thielen, who had been with
that afternoon while he was making bombs was "hanging around x x x out
front of the saloon on the sidewalk". During this journey he passed the
There is no direct or positive evidence,
passed by no
But there are circumstances, which taken in connection with all the other evidence in the case, point very strongly in the direction here indicated.
The evidence of the defence tends to show that Schwab's trip to Deering had no other object than an address to the workingmen, that Raus' visit to the Arbeiter Zeitung was for the sole purpose of getting speakers for the Haymarket, and that the American group met at the office of the Arbeiter Zeitung on that evening to effect an organization of the sewing girls, it was for the jury to say whether the evidence of the defense upon this subject was more worthy of belief than the various circumstances already detailed, which, we think the jury had a right to look at in the light of the principles advocated by the international organization, and in the light of the peculiar methods recommended by that organization for concealing its real designs. The Arbeiter Zeitung in its instuctions "about revolutionary deeds" as found in its issue of March 16th, 1885 says that where a special group is formed for the purpose of action the public groups "have to serve as a covering, as a shield behind which one of the most effective weapons of revolution is bared". That "the danger of discovery ought to be weakened as much as possible and if it can be should be reduced to naught".
Fifth, the fifth feature of the plan under consideration was the resolution to communicate its details to absent members.
The record furnishes no direct evidence upon this subject, but it shows that persons who were present at the meeting on Monday night were in the company of several of the defendants on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Rudolph Schnaubelt was in consultation with Schwab and Spies on Tuesday night and was on the wagon that evening with Fielden and Parsons. During the day on Tuesday Rau and Fischer were in the Arbeiter Zeitung building with Spies and Schwab and were there in the evening while Fielden and Parsons were in attendance upon the gathering of the American Group.
We have thus reviewed somewhat in detail a number of the events of Tuesday night with a view of seeing whether they took place in accordance with and in pursuance of the provisions the of the Monday night plan. Viewed as evidence of a correspondence between what was done and what was planned some of the occurrences here noted may be important, but taking all the circumstances together, the jury were justified in finding that the actors upon the stage of Tuesday night's tragedy were playing the parts assigned to them in the conspiracy of the previous night, and that the death of Degan occurred as a part of the execution of that conspiracy, and while the parties to it were engaged in carrying it out.
The last and most important question to be considered is were the plaintiffs in error parties to the conspiracy formed on the evening of Monday, May 3d. 1886?
The jury were warranted in believing from the evidence, that the plaintiff in error, Louis Linng, was a party to the Monday night conspiracy.
According to the
testimony of the
Captain of the Police, Linng admitted after his arrest, that he was
that evening in the basement of Greif's Hall. If he was, then his
there, taken in connection with his subsequent conduct would tend
establish his connection with the plot. It is claimed by the defense
was in attendance all the evening at a meeting of the Carpenter's Union
Zepp's Hall on Lake Street at the northeast corner of Lake and Des
Streets, two blocks west of Greif's Hall and was about half a block
the spot where the speakers' wagon was located on the next night. He
was at Zepp's Hall during a part of the evening but may have gone over
other meeting in session at Greif's Hall. A public announcement was
those assembled on Zepp's Hall, requesting all who belonged to the
section to go over to the basement of
It would make no difference, however, in view of his acts and declarations whether he was at the meeting Monday night or not. "Though the common design is the essence of the charge of conspiracy, it is not necessary to prove, that the defendants came together and actually agreed in terms to have that design and to pursue it by common means. If it be proved that the pursued by their acts the same object often by the same means, one performing one part and another another part of the same so as to complete it with a view to the attainment of that same object, the jury will be justified in the conclusion that they were engaged in a conspiracy to effect that object." X X X. (3 Greenleaf on Ev. Sec. 93).
Let us examine some of Linng's acts and declarations.
The plot of Monday
the use of bombs to carry it into effect: Linng and his assistants were
bombs on Tuesday. He brought dynamite to Seliger's house on Friday, but
preparations to fill bombs with it until the day of the Haymarket
knew all about the details of the conspiracy. On Tuesday night he told
the meaning of the word "Ruhe", and that its insertion in the paper
had been provided for in the meeting of the previous night. He took a
the paper at Seliger's house and showed him the signal word in the
column. On Monday night about the time the meetings at Zepp's Hall and
Hall were adjourning, he came up behind Lehmann and several other
the armed section, who were standing on the side-walk at the entrance
Greiff's Hall, and reproached them for their stupidity, calling them
oxen. When Lehmann, who had been standing guard most of the evening on
outside to prevent intruders from entering the basement, asked him what
taken place at the meeting they were just leaving, he said in reply
they wanted to know something they should come to
We regard it as a very significant circumstance, as showing the connection between the conspiracy of Monday night and the bomb making of Tuesday afternoon, that parties who are proven without any contradiction whatever to have been at the meeting in the basement of Greif's Hall on Monday night and to have belonged to the band of conspirators that met there, went to Seliger's house on the very next afternoon and were there associated with Linng in making the bombs that he carried to Neff’s Hall Tuesday night.
It was as late as eleven o'clock on Monday night when Linng told Lehmann and several other members of the armed sections to come the next night to Neff’s Hall. It was as early as seven o'clock on the very next morning when he set Seliger to drilling holes in the bomb-shells and instructed him to get bolts to fasten the shells together, accompanying his instructions, with the statement, that the bombs would be taken away that day.
Linng said on Tuesday afternoon, while he and his assistants were at work at the bombs, that they were to be carried to 58 Clybourne Avenue as soon as they were finished and were to be used that night, and that they were "going to be good fodder for the catitalists and the police when they came to protect the capitalists". When he returned to Seliger's house from the west side at one o'clock on Tuesday, he reproached Seliger with the slow progress he had made in his work.
It may be here stated, that six weeks before this time, when Linng first brought dynamite to Seliger's house, he remarked that every workingman should have dynamite and learn to handle it, as there was to be considerable agitation.
Between nine and ten o'clock on Tuesday night Linng and Seliger appeared before the North Avenue Station, and Linng proposed to Seliger to throw a bomb into the station and shoot down the policemen, two of whom were sitting in front of the building. Whether their failure to carry the proposition into effect proceeded from a want of courage, or from disappointment at not receiving some message or signal, that was expected at Neff’s Hall, is not disclosed by the evidence. But the proposition itself bears startling resemblance to the first and main min feature of the Monday night plot as already noticed.
Binng's conduct during Tuesday and on
night shows, that he expected a disturbance to occur Tuesday evening.
He and Seliger
and Lehmann and Schmidicke were standing on
Seliger swears, that he was present at
of the Carpenters'
The proof discloses two circumstances occurring after the explosion of the bomb on Tuesday night, which tend to show Linng's connection with the Haymarket crime. About eleven o'clock on that evening the Lehmanns, the Hermanns, the Hagemanns and Hirschberger, the librarian, were in Neff’s saloon. Some of them had just come from the Haymarket and they were talking about the explosion of the bomb. In the midst of their conversation Linng and Seliger entered the saloon, when one Hermann said in an energetic voice to Linng: "You are the fault of all of it" or "That is your fault." Thereupon, a subdued conversation took place between Hermann and Linng. This circumstance is sworn to by both Seliger and Neff, and is competent testimony as against Linng.
After this, when Seliger and Linng were on their way home from Neff’s saloon Linng "made the remark that he was even now scolded - chided - for the work he had done."
The details of the plan adopted Monday night as the same are herein set forth, are proven by testimony which is uncontradicted. The evidence, introduced by the prosecution as to the nets and declarations of Linng on Tuesday and Tuesday night and during several weeks prior thereto are also uncontradicted by any testimony offered on the part of the defense, so far as we have been able to discover. What are the inferences to be drawn from these uncontraverted facts? The jury who are the judges of the facts in criminal as well as in civil cases have a right to draw from proven circumstances such conclusions as are natural and reasonable
The intentions of men can only be determined from their acts. "Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being in the peace of the people, with malice aforethought, either express or implied." (Criminal Code Sec. 140) We said in Davison vs. The People 90 Ills. 221 "Malice is always presumed where one person deliberately injures another. It is the deliberation, with which the act is performed, that gives it character. It is the opposite of an act performed under uncontrollable passion, which prevents all deliberation or cool reflection in forming a purpose."
Here is a man connected with a certain organization, engaged in arming and drilling for a conflict with the police. He is experimenting with dymmite and in the construction of bombs under the direction of armed members of that organization. He makes bomb-shells, fills them with dynamite, takes them to the meeting place of armed members of that organization, puts them where access to them can be easily had, using such precautions as such dangerous explosives naturally require. At once, certain of these armed members, such as the two large men of the Legr and Wehr Verein already spoken of, come forward and take bombs and go their several ways. In a little more than an hour afterwards one of these very bombs is thrown into a crowd of policemen and exploes and kills one of them. Was not the conduct of this man, who thus cooly and carefully prepared the weapons for one definite class of men, to use in the murder of another definite class of men marked by "deliberation", as that term is defined in the authorities?
It was a fair conclusion from the evidence that Linng knew that the bombs he was making would be thrown among the police.
It was a fair conclusion from the evidence, that he intended the bombs be placed in the hall-way to be used by the members of the International groups, not only in the interest of the general movement against the police with which he was connected, but in the interest of the particular conspiracy, that was concocted on Monday night.
Even if he did not know the name of the particular individual who was to throw the bomb, he knew that it would be thrown by some one belonging to the sections or groups already described, and this was sufficient to affect him with the guilt of advising, encouraging, aiding or abetting the crime charged in the indictment.
He may not have known what particular policemen would be killed, whether Michael J. Degan, or another. But when he opened the the loaded satchel at Neff’s Hall on Tuesday night, that act, viewed in the light of all the antecedent, attendant and subsequent occur - occurrences, was virtually a designation of the body or class of men, who were to be attacked. When one of such class was killed, the guilt was the same as though a person bearing a particular name had been pointed out as the victim.
Even if he did not know that one of the bombs would be thrown on that evening at a particular place called the Haymarket, it was sufficient that he knew it was to be used at that point in the city where a collision should occur between the workingmen and the police. Such a collision did occur at the Haymarket.
Counsel for the defense claim, that there is no proof showing to bomb to have been thrown by any one of the members of the organization, for whose use Linng any have made it; that the bomb may have been thrown by some person out side of that organization and having a private grievance of his own against the police; in otherwords, that the bomb-thrower has not been identified as a member of the conspiracy or as a person employed by it or acting in its interest.
We think, however, that the jury were justified, in believing from the evidence that the man, who threw the bomb was either a member of the conspiracy, or an agent employed by it. This appears from the facts already recited. Three circumstances especially served to identify him as being connected with the conspiracy. First, the bomb that exploded was one of the bombs made by Linng: second, the bombs made by Linng were finished and distributed so short a time before the explosion, that they could hardly have been obtained elsewhere than from his possession or by others than those for whose use he intended them, third, the throwing of the bomb occurred almost at the same time with the firing of the shots the latter followed so closely upon the former, that the two cannot be regarded otherwise than as parts of a joint attack, showing that the man who threw the bomb, and the men, who fired the shots, were acting in unison with each other: this negatives the idea of independent action by an outside individual having a private grudge: the character of the attack as a joint one and the concert of action between those making it identify it as that kind of an attack, which the conspirators planned to make. Moreover there is no evidence in the record of the making of bombs by anybody except Linng and those associated with him.
Engel and Fischer
As to the defendant Engel and Fischer, it has already been shown that they originated the Monday night plan and procured its adoption first by the north westside group and second company of the Lehr and Wehr Verein on Sunday morning, and afterwards by the representatives of all the groups on Monday night. They advised and induced a band of seventy or eighty armed and drilled men to enter into a plot to murder the police with bombs and pistols in a certain contingency, and to agree to certain details as to committee, signal-word, mass-meeting, hand-bill-meeting places with a view of carrying that plot into effect. The murder of Degan took place as the legitimate consequence of an attempt to accomplish the objects of the conspiracy originated and planned by themselves. Therefore, they aided, abetted, advised and encouraged the com-mission of that murder. Both were present at the Haymarket meeting on Tuesday night.
The evidence tends to show that Engel
was at his
It has already been stated that Fischer
was at the
Haymarket early in the evening, and was seen walking about on
It would make no difference however, in
of responsibility, with which Engel and Fischer are chargeable under
already narrated, that they were not actually among those who stood
wagon, when the bomb was thrown. Where persons combine to stand by one
in a breach of the peace with a general resolution to resist all
in the execution of their design, a murder is committed, all of the
equally principals in the murder, though at the time of the act, some
were at such a distance as to be out of view, if the murder be in
of the common design. (Wharton on Homocide Sec. 333 (2nd Ed) (Williams
On the morning after the Haymarket massacre about ten or eleven o'clock the dfendant Fischer was arrested while coming down the stairs of the Arbeiter Zeitung building. The officer found upon his person a 44-calibre, self-acting revolver loaded and also a file. He wore a belt and sheath under his coat, the belt having a brass buckle upon it with the letters "L. & W.V. a buckle of the Lehr and Wehr Verein Society. "The file, an old fashioned three cornered file ground to a sharp edge, very sharp on the point with a wooden handle was in the sheath; the revolver was stuck in a slit in the belt; there were ten cartridges in his pocket; there was also a fuse cap - a fulminating cap - in his pocket; the fulminating cap was bright.
At Fischer's house, after his arrest, were found a box of nearly fifty 44-calibre cartridges and a light blue blouse, such as is worn by the Lehr and Wehr Verein.
Spies and Schwab.
We will now consider the relations of the defendants Spies and Schwab to the Monday night plot.
By the terms of the plot, the word "Ruhe" was to be published in the Arbeiter Zeitung as a signal to the members of the armed sections to arm themselves and gather at their meeting places, there to be ready to attack the police when the committee appointed should give information of a disturbance.
That word was published in the paper, which was issued on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 4th. Its publication was the act of the defendant Spies. He wrote with his own hands, the words, "Brief-Kasten--Ruhe" the former of which means 'letter-box' in German- and, from the original manuscript so written by himself, the printers set up the type from which the words were printed in the paper of Tuesday afternoon. "Ruhe" was not only in his hand-writing but he underscored it twice, as if to give it greater emphasis and prominence. If he knew its meaning as a signal word and the object of its insertion in the paper, as explained on the night before by his own foreman, the defendant Fischer, then he was lending himself by its publication to the execution of the plan of Monday night.
Nor is it necessary to prove that the conspiracy originated with the defendants, or that they met during the process of the concoction;; for every person entering into a conspiracy or common design, already formed, is deemed in law a party to all acts done by any of the other parties, before or afterwards, in furtherance of the common design." (3 Greenl. on Ev. Sec. 93)
There is evidence tending to prove, that
inserted this word in the International organ as a member of the
whose business it was to do so, because that same committee was in
the Haymarket meeting and he was the most active man in the management
meeting. He himself, inserted among the editorial notices in the
Zeitung on Tuesday afternoon, the following notice in almost the same
unsed in the hand-bill, printed by Fischer. "Attention, Workingmen"
Grand mass-meeting this evening at half past seven o'clock on the
In explanation of the publication of the word "ruhe", then defendant, Spies, swears that its meaning was stated to him for the first time by Rau, his advertising agent, and Fischer, his foreman on Tuesday afternoon after its appearance in the paper and that he instructed them to speak to the armed men of its insertion at that time, as a mistake. Rau and Fischer were not placed upon the stand to confirm this explanation, and whether it was credible, in view of his printed utterances on that day and several previous days and in view of all the other features of his conduct, as disclosed in the record, was a matter for the jury to determine. If they did not believe his explanation as against the evidence, which tended to contradict it, then they were justified in finding from the circumstances already mentioned and those hereafter stated, that he was as much a party to the plot as Engel and Fischer and Linng.
That plot, as has already been shown, contemplated the throwing of a bomb into each police station and then, in the confusion, using fire-arms against the policeman. In an article upon the riot of Monday afternoon, written by the defendant Spies and published in the same Tuesday afternoon edition, in which the word "Ruhe" appeared, he says: "If brothers, who defended themselves with stones (a few of them had litle snappers in the shape of revolvers) had been provided with good weapons and one single dynamite bomb, not one of the murderers would have escaped his well merited fate." Here is a suggestion of that very mode of attacking the police, which was the main feature of the Monday night conspiracy. This suggestion was made to the workingmen Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday nightm the very thing suggested took place, that is to day, a bomb was thrown not into a station, but among the police a few feet from a station, and, after it was thrown, "good weapons" were fired into them, killing several and wounding several more. The article in question did not stop, however, with a suggestion of an attack upon the police in the mode specified. It closed by saying "last night, thousands of copies of the following circular were distributed in all parts of the city," and then quoted and re-published in full the German portion of the "revenge" circular, that had been composed by Spies and distributed among the workingmen on Monday night, thereby urging such workingmen in the most vehement terms to arm themselves and make war upon the police. A translation of this German circular is given hereafter.
The reason why the plan of Monday night provided for throwing a bomb into each police station and shooting the escaping policemen was that the latter might be thereby prevented from going to the scene of the disturbance, which was expected to take place. Such plan would naturally be based upon information, that the police intended to hold themselves in readiness at their stations for a summons to some point of conflict. On the afternoon of April 30th 1886, being the Friday preceding the Tuesday, on which the Haymarket meeting occurred, the Arbeiter Zeitung, in an editorial, written by one or the other of its two editors, Spies and Schwab, thus addressed its 3600 readers among the members of the International groups and the unions of the workingmen:
"As we are informed from reliable source, the police have received secret orders to keep themselves prepared in their stations, as a labor conflict is feared on Saturday of next week. You see the capitalistic sluggards are thirsty for the blood of workingmen. The workingmen will not permit themselves to be kicked by them like dogs any more. They will not be tortured to death any more by unlimited work, and they will not be starved any more. For this opposition, they want vengeance and they cry for blood. May be that this cry will be heeded- but then, beside the red life-sap of the extortioner's victim, there may flow a little of the black-dragon poison of the extortioners. To the workingmen we again say at this hour arm yourselves. You have but one life to lose. Defend that with all means. And in this connection, we want to caution the armed workingmen as yet to conceal their arms so that they will not be stolen by the minions of the law, as it has happened in various instances."
Here was a statement that the police had "received secret orders to keep themselves prepared in their stations" for a labor conflict expected to occur in about a week, which statement was accompanied with a caution to the workingmen to arm themselves and to conceal their arms. The injunction to arm could have had no other object than to meet the preparations which the police had received secret orders to make. Such preparations could be of no avail if the stations should be blown up and the police themselves should be shot down. Therefore, the plan of Monday night was exactly adapted to rendering the action of the police in keeping themselves prepared in their stations useless and of no effect. So exactly does the plan in question fit the state of things spoken of in the editorial of April 30th, that it would appear to have been suggested by that editorial.
When it is remembered, that, on the very day on which this editorial made its appearance, Linng brought to Seliger's house, the large box of dynamite, already alluded to, and that, on the next Sunday morning, Fischer, who, as foreman of the Arbeiter Zeitung, was all the time at work under the eyes of Spies and Schwab, went, in company with Engel, to a meeting of the second company of the Lehr and Wehr Verein and the northwest side group, where the plan for destroying the stations and their occupants was adopted upon the suggestion of Engel, it would appear that the defendants Spies and Schwab, not only joined the conspiracy now under discussion after it was formed, but inspired the conception of it before it was formed.
The armed men, who met and entered into that conspiracy on Monday evening, were called together by the Arbeiter Zeitung, of which Spies and Schwab were the editors and managers. In the edition, called "Die Fackel", issued on Sunday May 2nd, and in the issue of the afternoon of Monday, May 3rd, there were published, in the letter-box column, the words: "Y- Komme Montag Abende" (Y- Come Monday night') This was a summons to the armed sections to meet, as they did, on Monday night at Greif's Hall. The original manuscript from which the words were printed for the Sunday issue was in the handwriting of Rau, advertising agent of the Arbeiter Zeitung, member with Spies of the Bureau of Information, and distributor for Spies of the "Revenge" circular. The printing of the call twice, on both Sunday and Monday, indicated the importance of the matters to come before the meeting.
In his testimony, Spies says of the "Revenge" circular: "I wrote it to arouse the working people, who are stupid and ignorant, to a consciousness of the condition that they were in." In the circular as above quoted, he uses the words: "Avenge the atrocious murder, which has been committed upon your brothers to-day (Monday), and which will likely be committed upon you to-morrow (Tuesday). In the minds of "stupid and ignorant" workmen, already excited about the eight-hour day of labor, the language here quoted could mean nothing else than that an attack, similar to the one which took place in the southwestern part of the city on Monday, would probably be made upon the workingmen by the police on Tuesday.
Again, in the issue of the Arbeiter Zeitung, published on Sunday, May 2nd, it is said: "Everything depends upon quick and immediate action. The tactics of the bosses are to gain time; the tactics of the strikers must be to grant them no time. By Monday or Tuesday the conflict must have reached its highest intensity, else the success will be doubtful. Within a week the fire, the enthusiasm will be gone, and then the bosses will celebrate victories."
Here is another designation of Tuesday as the day when the excitement would be the most intense. The conduct of Spies and Schwab during the few days preceding May 4th and on that day, as evinced by their utterances in the Arbeiter Zeitung and otherwise, shows a constant effort to increase the enthusiasm to the highest pitch.
They advised "stupid and ignorant" workingmen to arm themselves, and then sought by vehement appeals to urge them on to "quick and immediate action."
For instance: On Wednesday, April 28th, they said: "The power of the associate manufacturers and their state must be met by labor associations. The police and soldiers, who fight for that power, must be met by armed armies of workingmen; the logic of facts requires this; arms are more necessary in our times than anything else. Whoever has no money, sell his watch and chain to buy fire-arms for the amount realized. Stones and sticks will not avail against the hired assassins of the extortionists. It is time to arm yourselves."
On Thursday, April 29th, they said: "If the legitimate means of the thieves and scoundrels, who practice extortion on their fellow-men, are exhausted, then they resort to force. A wage-slave who is not utterly demoralized, should always have a breach-loader and ammunition in his house.
On Friday, April 30th, they said what has already been quoted from the editorial of that date, and on the same day they further said, in another article: "What will the 1st of May bring?
The workingmen bold and determined! x x Men of labor, so long as you acknowledge the gracious kicks of your appressors with words of gratitude, so long you are faithful dogs. x x x They are enraged, and will attempt, through hired murderers, to do away with you like mad dogs."
On Saturday May 1st they again said to the workingmen in the Arbeiter Zeitung: "Away with all rolls of membership and minute books where such are kept. Clean your guns, complete your amunition. The hired murderes of the capitalists, the police and militia, are ready to murder. No workingman should leave his home in these days with empty pockets."
On Sunday, May 2nd in the same editorial which urged quick and immediate action, and designated Monday or Tuesday as the time when the conflict would have reached its highest intensity, they used the following language: "Everywhere the workingmen are willing to accept a corresponding reduction of wages with the introduction of the eight hour system, they were mostly refused. 'No, ye dogs; you must work ten hours; that's the way we want it, we're your bosses.' Something like this was the answer of the majority translated into intelligible language. In the face of this fact it is pitiful and disgusting, but more than that, it is treacherous, to warn the strikers against energetic, uncompromising measures."
On Monday, May 3d, in another article in
Arbeitur Zeitung they said: "The freight handlers were marching in full
force from depot to depot at noon today. It was rumored that 'scabs'
Courage, courage, is our cry. Don't forget the words of Herways "The host of the oppressors grows pale, when thou weary of thy burden in the corner puttest the plow when thou sayest 'it is enough'."
But there were other occurrences during the same period which tended to incite the workingmen to an attack upon the police.
While Fischur the first foreman in the
room of Arbeitur Zeitung was present at the Sunday morning meeting on
Street Urban, a compositor of the arbeitur Zeitung was attending a
the central labor union at
It was arranged at these morning and
gatherings of the Central Labor Union that Spies should address the
the striking lumber shovers to be held the next afternoon on the "
On Monday afternoon the meeting in question took place. It has already been referred to. The lumber shovers were "on a strike" and met to hear reports from certain committees whom they had appointed to negotiate with their employers in reference to the eight hour movement. The immense crowd in attendance upon this occasion was addressed by Spies, as has already been stated. He spoke in the German language from the top of a freight car. His manner was excited and his gestures were violent. One of the witnesses says, that while speaking, "he jumped up three or four feet high." About three blocks west from the place where he was speaking was situated the factory which was employing non-union laborers, as heretofore explained. The lumber shovers at the meeting were not connected in any way with the workingmen engaged at the factory. But when the latter came out of the factory gate about three o'clock in the afternoon at the ringing of a bell an attack was made upon them by several thousand of the lumber shovers who rushed from the freight car towards the gate before the speaking was finished in obedience to an order from some one on the car. A conflict ensued. The police were called out, stones were thrown, clubs were used and pistols were fired by both the crowd and the police. Some of the policemen and several of the workingmen were wounded. One of the latter was killed, as has been heretofore mentioned..
It is admitted by the defendant Spies that upon this occasion he urged the workingmen, many of whom were armed with revolvers, to resist the attempt of the police to quell the riot. In an account of what took place, written by himself and published on the next afternoon (Tuesday May 4) in the Arbeiter Zeitung, he says:-
"The writer of this hastened to the factory as soon as the first shots were fired and a comrad urged the assembly to hasten to the rescue of their brothers, who were being murdered, but no one stirred. * * * The writer ran back. He implored the people to come along- those who had revolvers in their pockets, but it was in vain. With an exasperating indifference they put heir hands in their pockets and marched home, babbling as if the whole affair did not concern them in the least.. The revolvers were still cracking and fresh detachments of police, here and there bombarded with stones, were hastening to the battle-ground. The battle was lost!"
On Tuesday afternoon Spies inserted in his paper a call for the Haymarket meeting in order to denounce the action of the police at this very riot. The Haymarket meeting was thus nothing more than a continuation of the warfare on the police, which he himself had incited and taken part in on Monday afternoon.
After his return from the "
"Workingmen to Arms"
"The masters sent out their blood hounds-- the police; they killed six of your brothers at McCormick's this afternoon. They killed the poor wretches because they, like you, had the courage to disobey the supreme will of your bosses. They killed them because they dared ask for the shortening, of the hours of toil. They killed them to show you, 'free' American citizens, that you must be satisfied and contented with whatever your bosses condescend to allow you, or you will get killed."
"You have for years endured the most abject humiliations: you have for years suffered unmeasurable iniquities; you have worked yourself to death; you have endured the pangs of want and hunger; your children you have sacrificed to the factory lord--in short, you have been miserable and obedient servants all these years. Why? to satisfy the insatiable greed, to fill the coffers of your lazy theiving masters. When you ask them now to lessen your burdens, he sends his blood hounds out to shoot you- kill you! If you are men, if you are the sons of your grandsires, who have shed their blood to free you, then you will rise in your might, Hercules, and destroy the hideous monster that seeks to destroy you. To arms, we will call you, to arms. Your brothers."
He at the same time wrote an address in the German language of which the following is a translation:-
"Workmen, to Arms!
"Men of labor, this afternoon the blood hounds of your oppressors murdered six of your brothers at McCormicks. Why did they murder them? Because they dared to be dissatified with the lot which your oppressors have assigned to them. They demanded bread, and they gave them lead for an answer, mindful of the fact that thus people are most affectually silenced. You have for many, many years endured every humiliation without protest, have drudged from early in the morning till late at night, have suffered all sorts of privations, have even sacrificed your children. You have done everything to fill the coffers of your masters-- everything for them! and now, when you approach them and implore them to make your burden a little lighter, as a reward for your sacrifices, they send their blood-hounds, the police at you, in order to cure you with bullets of your dissatisfaction. Slaves, we ask and conjure you, by all that is sacred and dear to you, avenge the atrocious murder which has been committed upon your brothers today, and which will likely be committed upon you tomorrow. Laboringmen, Hercules, you have arrived at the crossway. Which way will you decide? For slavery and hunger, or for freedom and bread? If you decide for the latter, then do not delay a moment; then, people, to arms. Annihilation to the beasts in human form who call themselves rulers! Uncompromising annihilation to them! This must be your motto. Think of the heroes whose blood has fertilized the road to progress, liberty and humanity, and strive to become worthy of them.
These two addresses were printed, one in the English and the other in the German language, upon the same sheet of paper and one above the other, as one circular. The printers in the Arbeiter Zeitung office usually stopped work at five o'clock in the afternoon. On this particular Monday afternoon, however, five or six of them were detained to set up the type for this circular. By direction of Spies, the form was sent across the street to a printing office at no. 88 Fifth Avenue. The order was given to stike off as many as possible. Twenty-five hundred copies were printed that evening. As soon as they came from the hands of the printer, they were carried away. `"a dozen different parities came there after them, coming one and two at a time, taking it as fast as it came from the press".
These circulars were distributed on Monday evening at various places and is different parts of the city.
One of the witnesses says: "it was a few
minutes after six o'clock x x on Monday afternoon. I was standing in
doorway of the entrance of 54 West Lake Street, talking with the
the hall, and first had by attention attracted to a circular by seeing
a few of
then flying through the air, and remember distinctly picking up one and
it at the time. Just at the momentIsaw a horseman, and the distribution
circulars was co-incident with the appearance of the horseman is front
A copy was seen by one of the witnesses
meeting that night of the metal workers at no.
Another witness says that he was walking west on Randolph Street Tuesday evening about half- past seven o'clock, and somebody handed him a circular headed "revenge" and signed "your brothers".
That this circular gave impulse to the action of the members of the armed sections at the Monday night meeting and inspired the adoption of the plan agreed upon, is apparent from the fact, that its contents were fully discussed and dwelt upon at that meeting.
The witness Greenhut says that he was at the Arbeiter Zeitung office between five and seven o'clock on Monday afternoon; that Schwab and the book-keeper and Neebe (though he is not so sure about the latter) were present while Spies was writing the revenge circular and heading the proof-sheets of it as they came from the hands of the printer; that Spies told them of the ‘lumber shovers' riot from which he had just come and of the killing of six men by the police, and deplored the fact that the working men had not been better armed for their offence, favoring the use of dynamite as the most effective mode of arming; that the calling of a mass meeting was then discussed and agreed upon among them, and it was agreed that the meeting should be held at night and be in the open air; that the circulars which Spies was preparing were to be printed "for distribution for the mass-meeting"; that the Haymarket meeting held Tuesday night was the meeting talked about and agreed upon on that Monday afternoon.
Gruenberg says, that he saw Fischer in the compositors' room of the Arbeiter Zeitung as late as half-past five o'clock on Monday evening, and when it is remembered that Fischer went to the meeting at Greif’s Hall that night and induced the armed men to agree to the molding of an open-air meeting on Tuesday night at the Haymarket, and himself printed and caused to be circulated a hand-bill calling on the workmen to come armed to that meeting, and when it is further remembered, that the signal world "ruhe", which the armed men agreed upon that night at his suggestion, was next day written by Spies with his own hand and published in the Arbeiter Zeitung on Tuesday afternoon, the jury certainly has reasonable ground for believing that the action of Fischer on Monday night was taken in consequence of and pursuant to the arrangements decided upon between Spies, Schwab and others at the Arbeiter Zeitung office Monday afternoon.
This conclusion receives confirmation from the character of the articles, which appeared in the Arbeiter Zeitung on Tuesday afternoon. The following editorial published on May 4-th 1886 and called the "to arms" editorial was written by the defendant Schwab.
flowed. It happened as it had to.
Order has not drilled and disciplined her murdering hounds in vain. The
militia has not been drilled in street-fighting for mere
sport. The robbers, who know best themselves what a mean rabble they
keep up their mammon by rendering the masses wretched, who make the
murdering of laboring men's families their vocation, they are the last
afraid of directly butchering the laboring men. Down with the rabble is
watch-word. Is it not an historical fact, that private property has had
origin in acts of violence of all sorts? And shall the "rabble", the
laboring men, allow this capitalistic pack of robbers to carry on,
hired assassins, their bloody orgies? Nevermore! The war of classes has
In front of Mccormick's factory workmen were shot down yesterday, whose
cries for vengeance. Who will any longer deny that the ruling tigers
for the workman's blood? Countless victims have been slaughtered upon
altars of the golden calf amidst the triumphant shouts of the
of robbers. One has only to think of
Modesty is a vice of the workingman, and can there be anything more modest that this eight hour demand? Peaceably the workmen made it already a year ago, in order not to neglect to give the extortioner opportunity to prepare for it; and the answer to this was to drill the police force and the militia and to brow-beat the laborers, who worked in favor of the eight hour system. And yesterday blood flowed. This is the manner in which these devils reply to a modes petition of their slaves.
Death, rather than a life of wretchedness! If workmen must be shot at, well, then, let us answer them in a manner which the robbers will not soon forget again. The murderous capitalistic beats have become drunk with the smoking blood of laborers. The tiger lies ready for the jump; his eyes sparkle eager for murder; impatiently he whips his tail, and the sinews of his clutches are drawn tight. Self-defence causes the cry "to arms!" "to arms!" if you do not defend yourselves, you will be torn in pieces and ground by the animals' teeth. The new yoke which awaits you in case of cowardly retreat is heavier still and harder than the severe yoke of slavery as it exists now.
All the powers, hostile to the workman, have been (made) common cause. They recognize their common interest. They have the necessary class consciousness. In such days as ours are, everything else must be subordinated to this one thought: how can the thieving ---------- together with their gangs of hired murders, be made harmless?
The whole newspaper gang makes up the lie to day that the strikers, who were in the neighborhood of Mccormick's factory yesterday, were in first to fire. That is a bold bare-faced lie on the part of the journalistic ragamuffins. Without any warning whatever, they fired at the workmen, when they, of course, returned the fire. Indeed, why should they make so much ado about the rabble? To be sure, if they had been sheep or cattle, instead of human beings, one might have reflected a little before shooting. But as it was, a laboring man is quickly replaced, and the gluttons then at their rich dinners and in the circles of their mistresses boast of the splendid achievements of law and order.
In the poor shanty, miserably clad women and children are weeping for husband and father. In the palace they touch glasses filled with costly wine and drink to the happiness of the bloody bandits of law and order. Dry your tears, ye poor and wretched; take heart, ye slaves! Arise in your might and overthrow the system of robbery, present order based on robbery."
The following is a portion of the article already quoted from, which was written by the defendant Spies and published in the Arbeiter Zeitung on Tuesday May 4th 1886.
"Six months ago when the eight hour movement began, there were speakers and journals of the i.a.a. who proclaimed and wrote;" workmen, if you want to see the eight hour system introduced, arm yourselves. If you do not do this, you will be sent home with bloody heads and birds will sing may songs upon your graves" ("that is non-sense" was the reply) "if the workmen are organized they will gain the eight hours in their Sunday clothes. Well, what do you say now? Were we right or wrong? Would the occurrence of yesterday been possible if our advice had been followed?
"Wage-workers, yesterday the police of this city murdered at the Mccormick factory, so far as it can now be ascertained, four of your brothers, and wounded, more or less seriously, some twenty-five more. If brothers who defended themselves with stones (a few of them had little snappers in the shape of revolvers) had been provided with good weapons and one single dynamite boom, not one of the murders would have escaped his well merited fate. As it was only four of them were disfigured. That is too bad. The massacre of yesterday took place in order to fill the forty thousand workmen of this city with fear and terror--- took place in order to force back into the yoke of slavery the laborers who had become dissatisfied and mutinous. Will they succeed in this? Xxxxx about seventy-five well fed, large and strong murderers, under the command of a fat police lieutenant, were marching toward the factory, and on their heels followed three patrol wagons besides, full of law and order beasts; 200 policemen were on the spot in less that ten or fifteen minutes, and the firing on fleeing workingmen and women resembled a promiscuous bush-hunt. X x x x a few of the strikers had little snappers of revolvers and with these returned the fire x x x with their weapons, mainly stones, the people fought with admirable bravery. They laid out half a dozen blue coats, and their x round bellies, developed to extreme fatness in idleness and luxury, tumbled about, groaning on the ground, four of the fellows are said to be very dangerously wounded: many others alas! Escaped with lighter injuries. (the gang, of course, conceals this, just as in '77 they carefully concealed the number of those who were made to bite the dust.) But it looked worse on the side of the defenseless workmen. Dozens who had received slight shot wounded hastened away amid the bullets which were sent after them. The gang, as always, fired upon the fleeing, while women and men carried away the severely wounded. How many were really injured and how many were mortally wounded could not be determined with certainty, but we think we are not mistaken when we place the number of mortally wounded at about six and those slightly injured at about two dozen. We know of four, one of whom was shot in the spleen, another in the forehead, another in the breast, and another in the thigh. A dying boy, Joseph Doedick, was brought home on an express wagon by two policemen."
Also in the issue of Arbeiter Zeitung of Tuesday May 4th. 1886 appeared the following;
was expected on the southwest
side this morning a regiment of militia and the whole municipal gang of
murderers were held in readiness. Just stir, ye free workmen of
In the same issue of the Arbeiter Zeitung of May 4th. 1886, also appeared the following;
"The heroes of the club dispersed with their cudgels yesterday in the most brutal manner a crowd of girls, many of whom had scarely outgrown their baby shoes. Whose blood does not rush quicker through there veins when he hears of this atrocity of the minons of the law?. He, who is a man, show it these days. Men, to the front!!"
The alarm and the Arbeiter Zeitung were more than mere newspapers to the members of the International Association. They were the organs of that association. The members looked to those papers for orders and directions. More especially was this the case with the Arbeiter Zeitung and its German readers. The record contains many evidences of this fact.
The seventy or eighty armed men who assembled in the basement of Greif’s Hall, and their absent confederates, who were to be informed of their conspiracy, were to look for the word "ruhe" in the Arbeiter Zeitung. From that paper they were to learn when the social revolution had come and when they were to assemble for conflict. This showed, that they were in the habit of reading that paper and consulting it. When a special meeting of the armed sections was desired, they, who belonged to those sections, found the signal words, calling them together, in the Arbeiter Zeitung. This implied that they were readers of that paper. The seventy or eighty men just referred to went to Greif’s Hall, because they saw the summons to go there in their organ. Some of them testify that they went there for that reason, and there is no evidence, that they received any other notice of the Monday night meeting than the one published in the Arbeiter Zeitung. The assemblage of seventy or eighty of them there may be regarded as proof that seventy or eighty of them read the paper in question on Sunday and Monday.
Many witnesses in this case, both for the state and for the defense, who testify to their membership in the International Association, testify also to the fact that they were in the habit of reading one or the other of the two organs here referred to.
Waller, a member of the Lehr and Wehr Verein, who presided at the gathering in the basement of Greif’s Hall, and who was armed with a revolver at the Haymarket on Tuesday night, says that he saw the word "ruhe" in the Arbeiter Zeitung at six o'clock Tuesday afternoon in a saloon on Milwaukee Avenue, and that on Monday he saw the words "komme montag abende" in the same paper.
When Linng desired to explain to Seliger the disturbance, that was expected on the west side, he went to the Arbeiter Zeitung and showed the word "ruhe".
Without going further into the testimony, we think the jury were warranted in believing, that most of the editorials in those papers, which were generally in the form of appeals or addresses to the workingmen, were read at least by those of the workingmen, who belonged to the groups herein mentioned. More especially were these organs consulted during the excitement of the eight-hour movement, when information as to the progress of that movement was eagerly sought after among the classes affected by it.
As already stated, the weight of the evidence is in favor of the conclusion that Degan was killed by some member of the International Association. It was for the jury to say, how far that fatal result may have been brought about through the influence of the utterances, put forth by the organs here designated.
As late as Tuesday afternoon Spies said to the workingmen in an editorial in his paper, proven to have been written by himself; "then do not delay a moment; then, people to arms! Annihilation to the beasts in human form, who call themselves rulers".
As late as Tuesday after noon, Schwab said to the workingmen in an editorial in the same paper, proven to have been written by himself:
"The murderous capitalistic beats have become drunk with the smoking blood of laborers. The tiger lies ready for the jump: his eyes sparkle eager for murder; impatiently he whips his tail, and the sinews of his clutches are drawn tight. Self defense causes the cry; "to arms! To arms"! If you do not defend yourselves you will be torn in pieces and ground by the animal's teeth".
"He, who inflames peoples minds and induces then by violent means, to accomplish an illegal object, is himself a rioter, though he takes no part in the riot."
"One is responsible for what wrong flows directly from his corrupt intentions; if he set in motion the physical power of another, he is liable for its result. If he contemplated the result, he is answerable, though it is produced in a manner he did not contemplate. If he awoke into action an indiscriminate power, he is responsible. If he gave directions vaguely and incautiously, and the person receiving then acted according to what he might have foreseen would be the understanding, he is responsible".
We conceive that it can make no difference, whether the mind is affected by inflammatory words, addressed to the reader, through the newspaper organ of a society to which he belongs, or to the hearer through the spoken words of an orator, whom he looks up to, as a representative of his own peculiar class.
It was a question for the jury, whether, with the evidence before them, the attack upon the police at the Haymarket "was so connected with the inflammatory language used, that they can not be separated by time or other circumstances".
We do not wish to be understood as deciding, that the influence of these publications in bringing about the crime at the Haymarket could be considered by the jury if they were the only evidence of encouragement of that crime, which was furnished by the record. We only hold, that the jury were at liberty to consider the publications in question in connection with all the other facts and circumstances of this particular case and as a part of those facts and circumstances, with a view of determining whether the defendants, who were responsible for their issuance, did or did not belong to the conspiracy now under consideration.
It has already been stated, that the defendant Schwab was present at the Haymarket a part of Tuesday evening, but left and went to Deering, where he made a speech. What he said in that speech is not disclosed by the record. The proof shows, that those, who called the Haymarket meeting, expected an attendance of 25,000 workingmen at that place. As a matter of fact only about 2,000 came. Several thousand had assembled at Deering. That Schwab went to Deering and there addressed some of the workingmen, who were expected at the Haymarket but failed to come, would in no wise lessen his responsibility for the death of Degan, if his acts and declarations, as heretofore and hereafter noticed, helped to cause that death. If he belonged to the same conspiracy with Degan's murderer and the murder of Degan was perpetrated in furtherance of that conspiracy, them the act of the murderer was his act. It is to be noted that he did not go to Deering, until he first went to Haymarket and had a consultation with one or more of the leaders, who had control of the matters at the letter latter place. But a further consideration of the branch of the case will be postponed for the for the present.
Spies spoke to the crowd at the Haymarket.
One of the witnesses says that, in his speech, he dwelt upon the occurrences of Monday afternoon at the lumber shovers' meeting and the part he took in them, and then "advised the using of violent means by the workingmen to right their wrongs; that law and government were the tools of the wealthy to oppress the poor; that the ballot was no way in which to right their wrongs; that by physical force was the only way in which they could right their wrongs".
The following is another portion of his speech as testified to by a witness, who heard it; "the fight is going on; now is the chance to strike for the existence of the oppressed classes. The oppressors want us to be content; they will kill us. The thought of liberty which inspired your sires to fight for their freedom ought to animate you to-day. The day is not far distant when we will resort to hanging these men.| applause, and cries of 'hang them now'| ---------- is the man who created the row Monday, and he must be held responsible for the murder of our brothers.| cries of 'hang him'.| don't make any threats; they are of no avail; whenever you get ready to do something, do it, and don't make any threats beforehand. There are in the city to-day between forty and fifty thousand men locked out because they refuse to obey the supreme will or dictation of a small number of men. The families of 25,000 or 30,000 men are starving because their husbands and fathers are not not men enough to withstand and resist the dictation of a few thieves on a grand scale to put out of the power of a few men to say whether they should work or not. Would they place their lives, their happiness, everything out of the arbitrary power of a few rascals? To say whether you shall work or not, you place your lives, your happiness, everything out of the arbitrary power of a few rascals who have been raised in idleness and luxury upon the fruits of your labor. Will you stand that!"
Still another witness says: "he talked about the police, the blood-hounds of the law shooting down six of their brothers, and he told: 'When you get ready to do something, do it, and don't tell anybody you are going to.' x x x at the time Mr Spies was showing them how the officers came down the 'Black Road' and commenced shooting into the crowd of workingimen x x x they appeared much excited in the neighborhood of the wagon and in the neighborhood where they halloed out: "Let us hang them?"
The observations hereafter made in regard to the speech of the defendant Parsons and its effect, apply also to this speech of the defendant Spies.
The evidence thus far commented upon in reference to the acts and declarations of the defendants, Spies and Schwab, is such that the jury were warranted in finding them to be parties to the conspiracy. In addition, however, to the facts and circumstances already noticed, there was other testimony introduced by the state for the purpose of proving that the defendants Spies and Schwab, either one or both of them, gave the bomb that killed Degan, into the hands of the person who threw it, and aided him in his murderous design.
Malvern M. Thompson testifies, that he saw Spies and Schwab together in Crane's alley on the night of the Haymarket meeting and heard the word "Police" and "pistols" uttered in a conversation between them; that Spies said to Schwab "Do you think one is enough or hadn't we better go and get more?" That they came out of the alley and walked together west on Randolph Street to the south west corner of Randolph and Halstead Streets where they entered the thickest of a crowd of about twenty-five men, remaining there some three minutes and then returning to Des Plaines Street; that, on the way back, the word 'police' was again used, and Schwab said to Spies: "Now, if they come we will give it to them"; that, upon their return, Rudolph Schnaubelt met them on the sidewalk near the wagon and Spies handed Schnaubelt something which the latter put in his pocket on the right hand side; that Spies then mounted the wagon and began to speak; that just after him Schnaubelt also mounted the wagon and sat upon it with his hands in his pockets until Fielden began to speak, when the witness left.
The witness did not know what it was that was handed to Schnaubelt, but, upon the assumption that he tells the truth, it was evidently something that was to be used against a body of policemen, and as a bomb with a projecting fuse is made to be thrown into a crowd of men, the jury looking at the circumstances here noted in the light of the other facts and circumstances developed by the testimony in the case, were warranted in believing that the thing given to Schnaubelt was a bomb. Therefore, the evidence of Thompson, if true, tends very strongly to convict Spies and Schwab of aiding and abetting the crime of the Haymarket.
Schwab testifies that while he was at the Arbeiter Zeitung office on that evening, a call came through the telephone for a speaker to address the meeting at Deering, and that he at once went over to the Haymarket to consult with Spies about it, that he failed to find Spies and did not see him or talk with him at all that he met Schnaubelt, his brother-in-law, and after talking with him about sending a speaker to Deering, concluded to go himself; that he thereupon took a Randolph Street car and went east to the Court House, there boarding a Clybourne Avenue car for the north.
The testimony in regard to the matters about which Thompson testifies, is very conflicting. There is much that tends to confirm him, and much that tends to contradict him.
1st. As to the proof tending to confirm Thompson.
It is established beyond question, that Schwab went to the Haymarket for the express purpose of seeing Spies; that Scnaubelt was at the Haymarket until after ten o'clock, and was on the wagon with Spies, Parson and Fielden; that Spies did walk in company with somebody from the wagon westward on Randolph Street for the avowed purpose of finding Parsons, who had been seen before eight o'clock at the corner of Randolph and Halstead Streets, and did return along Randolph Street to the wagon in company with the same person, who started with him.
The statements of Owen and Heineman and of Spies and Schwab themselves, were analyzed and compared, show that Schwab was at the Haymarket that evening for at least half an hour and that Spies was there at the same time.
Other testimony shows that Schnaubelt
was there at
the same time. Thompson is confirmed in many particulars. He says that
came rushing along
Thompson says, that just after seeing
crossed to the east side of Des Plaines Street, went north towards
returned southward, saw Spies get on the wagon and hear him ask if
present, then while he was standing at the entrance to the alley, saw
after his descent from the wagon, go with Schwab for a few moments into
alley &c. Owen says, that when Schwab saw the mayor at the corner
DesPlaines and Randolph Street, he "immediately upon that turned about
went north on Des Plaines Street." It thus appears that Schwab was seen
going in the direction of the alley, where Thompson
claims to have seen the meeting between him and Spies, and about, the
that meeting is claimed to have been witnessed. Schwab says himself
Cosgrove says: "I saw Mr Schwab there before the meeting began. I seen him there just after the time Mr Spies returned. X X X The first time I saw him was about forty feet south of Randolph on DezPlaines Street on the west side of the street. The last time I saw him was at the wagon - it was about half past eight."
McKeough says: "I saw Schwab on the wagon in the early part of the evening and a man named Schnaubelt X X X Spies started away then and officer Myers and I followed him as far as the corner. There was a man with him, who I think was Schwab. I saw Schwab there in the early part of the evening. I lost sight of him finally somewheres in the vicinity of half past eight o'clock. After that I did not see him at all during the entire evening. X X X He got on the wagon I think before the meeting started and tapped Mr Spies on the shoulder and said something to him. I saw him at the side of the wagon talking to Spies."
Freeman, a reporter, also says that he thought he saw Schwab on the wagon.
The person who thus spoke to Spies on the wagon and who was Schwab according to McKeough's evidence, is said by Spies to have been one Schroeder. Spies also says, that the man who started away with him to the corner of DesPlaines and Randolph Streets, was Schnaubelt. As McKeough speaks of seeing Schnaubelt on the wagon, he must have known him, and he does not refer to Schnaubelt as being with Spies when the latter went off to the west.
The south end of the wagon was only a
from the alley, and if Schwab and Spies did step into the alley and
utter a few
words, which Thompson claims to have heard, it could all have been done
few seconds before that started towards
The utterance of the word 'pistols' and 'police' at that time and under those circumstances was natural, as Schwab had just passed the Des Plaines Street Station, and he must have seen what Sahl, one of the witnesses for the defense, says that he saw at about a quarter before eight o'clock, namely, "three patrol wagons, manned with police, and about 100 to 150 men drawn up in the rear of the patrol wagons on Waldo Place." That this created such an excitement among these interested in the Haymarket meeting as would have given rise to the expressions which Thompson claims to have heard is manifest from the language used by Spies and Parsons in their speeches.
The conversation between Spies and
Schwab as sworn
to by Thomson, would indicate a knowledge of the place where bombs were
had. Schwab belonged to the same north side side group, engaged in
arming for May
1st, to which Seliger and Linng belonged. Seliger one of the
bomb-makers was a
member of the central or general committee, which held its meetings
weeks in the library room in the rear of Schwab's office at the
The remark, "Now, we will give it to
them", would imply that, if Spies and Schwab gave Schnaubelt a bomb,
obtained it from some one among the twenty five men, into whose midst
they went at the corner of Halstead and Randolph Streets. The most
to the Haymarket from
There is evidence in the record tending to show that several of Linng's assistants in the matter of making bombs were at the Haymarket meeting.
2nd. As to the proof tending to contradict Thompson.
Spies and Schwab both swear that they not only did not talk together or walk together at the Haymarket meeting, but that they did not see each other on that evening.
Henry W. Spies also contradicts Thompson, but we regard his evidence as seriously weakened by his cross-examination.
He testifies on his direct examination as follows:
"While the speaking was going on I was standing along side of the wagon X X I stood there during the entire meeting. X X I saw Fielden getting off at the back of the wagon. I told my brother (August Spies, the defendant) to get off and reached my hand over to him to help him jump. He took my hand X X X just at that time the explosion took place. X X X As he jumped, somebody jumped behind him with a weapon right by his back, and I grabbed it, and, in warding off the pistol from my brother, I was shot." On his cross-examination he says: "On the 5th of May I was arrested at my house by officers Whalen and Lowenstein. I told them, that, when the bomb exploded, I was at Zeff's Hall, walked out and was shot in the door. I told them that I was not at the Haymarket at all from beginning to end. That was not true when I told it to them. I lied to them. X X X I also said that I did not see my brother that evening until he called at the house and asked me if I had a good physician. I now state that what I then said about that was not the truth."
Richter says, that he was standing at about the middle of the mouth of the alley and saw Spies on the wagon, when he asked "Is Parsons here?" but did not see him go into the alley after he descended from the wagon. He says, however, that he did not notice on which side of the wagon Spies alighted, nor in what direction he went after leaving the wagon.
Lindinger says, that he did not see Spies or Schwab enter the alley, but he also says, that, after Spies called for Parsons, he descended from the wagon on the north side, and "I didn't follow him only until he was down off the wagon."
So with Liebel --- he says that he did not see Spies enter the Alley. But he also says, that he did not see in what direction or where Spies went after he left the wagon.
Sahl's testimony tends more strongly to contradict Thompson than that of the other witnesses. He says that he knew Spies and Schwab and had heard them speak at Greif's Hall and Zeff's Hall; that he saw Spies on the wagon and heard him ask for Parson's; that Spies after he came down from the wagon passed witness in company with two or three other persons and that Schwab was not one of them. Sahl was at that time in the middle of the street in a southwesterly direction from the wagon in the crowd of persons standing there.
Thompson's testimony is positive in its character and he is unimpeached as a witness, while that of the defense upon this subject, is, for the most part negative in character.
The jury had a right to consider the evidence of Spies and Schwab in the light of the facts, that they were both on trial for murder, and that their statements on the stand were inconsistent with and contradictory of previous declarations, made by them. (Greenl. on Ev. Vol. 1 Sec. note)
The prosecution introduced a witness by the name of Harry L. Gilmer. If the testimony of this witness is true there is no doubt but that the defendant Spies is Guilty of the Murder of Degan. He swears that Spies struck a match and lighted the fuse of a bomb in the hand of Rudolph Schnaubelt and that Schnaubelt at once as soon as Spies had applied the match, threw the bomb into the midst of the police. Gilmer says, that he came to the Haymarket meeting at a about a quarter before ten o'clock; that he had been on the souht side and was going to his home on the west side and stopped at the meeting on his way; that he went up from Randolph street on the east side of DesPlaines while Fielden was speaking, and stood between the lamp post on the south east corner of the alley and Des Plaines Street, and the wagon near the east end of the wagon; that he stepped back into the alley on the north side thereof and noticed some parties opposite him on the south side of the alley, who were talking in German and whose conversation he did not understand that he heard some on the edge of the sidewalk say, "Here come the police," and then there was a rush as if to see the police as they were coming up: that a man came from the wagon to the parties on the south side of the alley and "lit a match and touched it off, something or other; the fuse commenced to fizzle and he gave a couple of steps forward and tossed it over into the street, --x--x the man that lit the match came on this side of him and the two or three of them stood together, and he turned around with it in his hand "&C. The witness stated, that he did not know the name of the man, who threw the bomb, but knew him by sight, as he had seem him several times at meetings at different places in the city. When shown a photograph of Schnaubelt he aid: "I say that is the man that threw the bomb out of the alley." When asked who the man was that came from the wagon towards the group referred to and lighted the match, he pointed to the defendant Spies and said "that is the man right there." The defense have proven that a match was lighted in the alley at this time but claim that it was struck by a laborer in order to light his pipe.
The defense introduced nine witnesses
Before a witness can say that he will not believe a man under oath he must first swear that he knows that mans reputation for truth and veracity among his neighbors and that such reputation is bad. The unwillingness to believe under oath must follow from and be based upon two facts: first, the fact that the witness knows the reputation for truth and veracity among the mans neighbors, second, the fact, that such reputation is bad. As the reputation must be bad, before it can be known to be bad, the most material fact to be proved is that such reputation is bad.
What a man's reputation is, is a fact to be proved just as any other fact. Where, as here, eighteen witnesses of standing and credibility swear that a mans reputation is good, while nine of equal standing and credibility swear that it is bad, the jury must determine for themselves whether they will believe the eighteen men or the nine men.
Other testimony introduced to discredit Gilmer was intended to established, first, that the bomb was not thrown from the point from which Gilmer said it was thrown; second, that Spies was just getting off the wagon, when the explosion occurred, and, therefore, could not have been in the ally lighting a match.
A witness by the name of Bernett swore
that he saw
the bomb thrown and that the man, who threw it, stood right in front of
and threw the bomb towards the
The testimony of the witnesses differs very greatly as to, the point with reference to the alley from which the bomb ascended into the air before it fell. One witness says it came from a point north of the alley, another that it came from a point five or six feet south of the corner of the alley, others fix the point at various distances south of the alley varying from five to forty five feet. Witnesses for the defense, identified mostly with the International organization and from whose midst the shots fired at the police must have come, place the point, from which the bomb was thrown, at the greatest distances south of the point where Gilmer fixes it.
Heineman the reporter, a witness whose testimony is favorably credited by both sides, says that he was 46 feet south of the alley on the east side-walk of Des Plaines Street when the bomb exploded, and that he saw the bomb, or the burning fuse, rise out of the crowd from "very nearly the south east corner of the alley" and "fall among the police". This is just about the place from which Gilmer says that it ascended.
When the police halted and the captain
order to disperse, they were very near the south end of the wagon. The
body was on a line with the mouth of the alley which was eleven feet
Bobfield says "the front rank of the first division was near up to the
north line of the alley",. All the police faced towards the north and
standing in regular fixed lines. Several of the officers describe the
course of the bomb through the air, as seen by them from their
positions in the
ranks. It could not have been seen by them in the manner indicated in
testimony, if it had started from a point as far south as that sworn to
Bennett and some of the other witnesses for the defense. The defense
a number of witnesses, more or less identified with the defendants in
conspiracy against the police and who stood around the wagon during the
evening, for the purpose of showing that Spies did not go into the
before the explosion. The testimony is negative in its character. It
been true that Spies did go into the mouth of the alley as Gilmer says,
it may be true, that most of these witnesses, whose attention was
directed towards the approaching columns of the police, may not have
enter the alley. The defendant Spies swears, that, when the order to
was given, he was still on the wagon, and that, when he dismounted, the
exploded just as he touched the side walk. The evidence of other
the defense tends to confirm this statement. He says, that, after the
explosion, he was carried northward by the pushing crowd and went into
Hall, and that he did not go into the alley nor in the direction of the
But Bonfield swears, that after his arrest, Spies claimed to have gone
the explosion eastward through Crane's alley and then Southward
To further contradict Gilmer, a witness was examined for the purpose of showing that Schnaubelt left the Haymarket before the bomb was exploded. This witness was August Krueger, the orderly sergeant and corresponding secretary of the second company of the Lehr and Wehr Verein. He was present at the Monday night meting of the armed sections, at which Schnaubelt was also present.
Kreugar states that he saw the notice of the Haymarket meeting in the Arbeiter Zeitung and went there about nine o'clock and remained until ten o'clock; that about ten o'clock he was standing on the west side of Des Plaines Street about 30 or 40 feet north of Randolph street, when Schnaubelt came towards him from the northeast: that he had seen Schnaubelt before, but did not know his name: that Schnaubelt proposed to him to go home; that he walked south to Randolph street with Schnaubelt, then eastward to Clinton street, when Schnaubelt proceedid on eastward on Randolph street, while he went north on Clinton Street, thence by way of Milwaukee Avenue to Engle's house.
If this were all true, Schnaubelt may
returned and entered Cranes alley through its opening into
There is a mass of testimony in the record in reference to the statements made by Thompson and Gilmere. Some of this testimony sustains those statements and some of it discredits them. Any further review of it than that, which has already been made, will be impossible in this opinion. It is sufficient to say that it is very conflicting. It was the province of the jury to pass upon it. They had the right to consider it in connection with all the other facts and circumstances in the case. It is not necessary for us to pass any opinion upon it, as we think there is evidence enough in the record to sustain the finding of the jury independently of the testimony given by Thompson and Gilmer.
On Monday evening the defendant Fielden was making a speech to some wagon-makers on one of the upper floors of the building NO 54 West Lake street, while the armed sections were concocting their conspiracy in the basement of that building. The proof does not show, however, that he was present at the meeting in the basement, or took part in the original formation of the Monday night conspiracy.
A conspiracy may be described in general terms as a combination of two or more persons by some concerted action to accomplish some criminal or unlawful purpose or to accomplish some purpose not in itself criminal or unlawful, by criminal or unlawful means. (3 Greenleaf on Eve sec. 89; Heaps vs Dunham 95 Ills 583). It is not necessary however, that the accused should have been an original contriver of the mischief, "for he may become a partaker in it by joining the others while it is being executed". (2 Bishop Criminal Law 190).
If he concur, no proof of agreement to concur is necessary --x--x--x. As soon as the union of wills for the unlawful purpose is perfected the offense of conspiracy is complete. This joint arrest of minds, like all other parts of a criminal case, may be established as an inference of the jury from the other facts proved, in other words, be circumstantial evidence. (2 Bishop on Criminal Law and note 7)
Are there such facts and circumstances proven in this case, as would warrant a jury in finding that the defendant Fielden became a partaker in the conspiracy planned on Monday night by joining those who were engaged in its execution on Tuesday night
He says that he had an engagement to make a speech Tuesday night on West twelfth street, but that he saw in an English evening paper a call to the members of the American group to meet at No 107 Fifth Avenue on important business; that, as he was the treasurer of that group and had its funds in his hands, he cancelled his engagement and went to the meeting so called arriving at ten minutes before eight. It was held in the office of the Arbeiter Zeitung newspaper and has already been referred to.
Between eight and nine o'clock he left the Arbeiter Zeitung building and went over, in company with Parsons and other members of the International Rifles, to the Haymarket. After the crowd there had been addressed by Spies and Parsons, the defendant Fielden made a speech from the wagon, some of which was as follows:
premonitions of danger. All knew. The
press say the anarchists will sneak away; we are not going to. If we
to be robbed it will not be long before we will be murdered. There is
security for the working classes under the present social system. A few
individuals control the means of living and holding the workingmen in a
Everybody does not know. Those who know it are tired of it, and know
will get tired of it too. They are determined to end it and will end
there is no power in the land that will prevent them. Congressman Foran
"The laborer can get nothing from legislation." He also said that the
laborers can get some relief from their present condition when the rich
knew it was unsafe for him to live in a community where there were
workingmen, for they would solve the labor problem. 'I don't know
are democrats or republicans, but which ever you are, you worship at
of rebels. John Brown,
and not to the workingman's defense when he, Mr. McCormick, attacked him and his living.' (Cries of 'No') 'There is the difference. The law makes no distinctions. A million men own all the property in this country. The law has no use for the other fifty-four million.' (A voice, 'Right enough') 'You have nothing more to do with the law except to lay hands on it and throttle it until it makes its last kick. It turns your brothers out on the wayside and has degraded them until they have lost the last vestige of humanity, and they are mere things and animals. Keep your eye upon it. Throttle it. Kill it. Stab it. Do everything you can to wound it-- to impede its progress. Remember, before trusting them to do anything for yourself, prepare to do it for yourself. Don't turn over your business to anybody else. No man deserves anything unless he is man enough to make an effort to lift himself from oppression.
Is it not a fact that we have no choice as to our existence, for we can't dictate what our labor is worth? He that has to obey the will of any is a slave. Can we do anything except by the strong arm of resistance? Socialists are not going to declare war; but I tell you war has been declared upon us, and I ask you to get hold of anything that will help to resist the onslaught of the enemy and the usurper. The skirmish lines have met. People have been shot. Men, women, and children have not been spared by the capitalists and minions of private capital. It had no mercy so ought you. You are called upon to defend yourselves, your lives, your future. What matters it whether you kill yourselves with work to get a little relief, or die on the battle field resisting the enemy? What is the difference? Any animal, however loathsome, will resist when stepped upon. Are men less than snails or worms? I have some resistance in me. I know that you have too. You have been robbed and you will be starved into a worse condition.'"
At this point the policemen appeared and ordered the meeting to disperse, as has already been stated. Witnesses for the State swear, that, when the policemen were approaching the alley, either Fielden, or someone with him on or near the wagon, used the following language: "Here come the blood-hounds; do your duty men, and I'll do mine." Witnesses for the defense swear, that no such words were spoken. Whether one set of witnesses or the other told the truth upon this subject was a matter for the jury to decide.
There is evidence of a very distinct and positive character that Fielden shot at the police:
Lieutenant Martin Quinn say there was a shot fired from the wagon by the man that was speaking at that time. x x x x It is Mr. Fielden here. x x x He made the remark "We are peaceable" just as he was going down off of the wagon onto the sidewalk x x x and just as he was going down he fired right where the Inspector was and captain Ward and Lieutenant Steele &C."
Officer Krueger says: "He (Fielden) stood at the south end of the wagon; x x x x he stepped down from the wagon and passed right to my right behind the wagon, and in about a moment the bomb fell behind me. Then I saw a pistol in his hand and it exploded twice. I am certain of two shots being fired by that gentleman (Fielden). I stood within about six or eight feet of the wagon, on the street side of it. He (Fielden) passed right past me; I could almost have touched him with my hand, and he went right behind the wagon and stepped upon the sidewalk when the bomb exploded.
Then, I saw him have a pistol in his hand and he fired twice to my recollection? x x x he took cover behind the wagon; he covered himself with the wagon between the police and him; I then returned his fire and at the same instant I received a bullet in my knee-cap: he fired directly at the column of the police and he fired two shots from there; he stooped down behind the wagon."
L.C. Baumann a policeman of Lieutenant Steele's company, says: "I was standing north of that alley there, I should judge about three or four feet from the wagon. x x I saw Mr. Fielden, that he was standing on the hind wheel, behind the hind wheel of the wagon, and had a revolver in his hand and fired off a shot; he was standing on the sidewalk right behind the hind wheel; he shot from east to west: that was after the explosion of the bomb, I should say about half a minute."
Officer Hanley says: "At the time the bomb exploded I was about four or five feet from the wagon; I was facing north; I noticed the man that was the last speaker; immediately after the bomb exploded I turned face from(to) where the explosion was and I looked for the wagon again, and I noticed that man right over there(referring to defendant Fielden) by the wheel of the wagon, with a revolver, right behind, firing. I saw one shot go, then I thought it was time to draw my revolver, and, just as I got my revolver out, they rushed for the alley that was a little south of the wagon. Q. Who rushed into the alley? A. Well, him(Fielden) and about, I really should judge, about twenty more; they kept firing about fifteen or twenty shots after they started to run in the alley."
Officer Spierling says: "I was facing north when the bomb exploded: I was about ten or twelve feet from that wagon at that time. I saw Mr. Fielden get off of the wagon and fire one shot; he was standing behind the wagon on the sidewalk."
John Wessler, a policeman in Lieut. Bowler's company, testified:
"The wagon stood next to the curb lengthwise-- and at the middle of the south end of the wagon, Mr. Fielden stood there and I noticed before I, got there a man who would not stand up, and he would shoot into the police and get down behind the wheel, x x x and I went up and saw that Mr. Fielden was there and he got up a second time and shot into the police."
Fielden swears that he not only fired no shots on Tuesday evening, but that he had no revolver and never carried one in his life. It was for the jury to determine whether he told the truth or not. They had a right to consider that he was on trial for murder, and that for more than a year prior to the Haymarket Meeting he had not only been urging others to arm themselves but himself belonged to the armed section of the American group, otherwise known as the International Rifles.
Besides Fielden, six witnesses were produced by the defense, who swore that they did not see any shots fired by Fielden.
If there was a bias against the defendant Fielden on the part of the policemen testifying for the State, there was just as much of a bias in his favor on the part of those testifying for the defense. Here is a conflict of testimony. Six men swear that they saw pistol shots fired by the defendant Fielden; six other men swear that they did not see such shots fired. The jury saw the witnesses and heard them testify and marked their manner and bearing on the stand. It was their special province to determine whether the witnesses for the accused or for the people told the truth.
It is true, that Degan was killed by the bomb that was thrown and not by the shots that were fired. But the attack at the Haymarket was a joint attack made by a number of persons with two different kinds of weapons in pursuance of a previously arranged conspiracy. When Fielden lent himself to the execution of that conspiracy by participating in the joint attack, he was just as guilty of the murder of Degan by reason of firing his pistol as though he had thrown the bomb.
If the man who threw the bomb, and the twenty men whom officer Hanley saw running into the alley, had stood up together and the one had thrown his bomb and the others had fired their shots all at the some time into the ranks of the police and one of the policeman had at once fallen dead, would not each of the twenty men have been as responsible as the bomb thrower for the death of the man killed, whether such death was caused by the bomb or by the shots?
All had the murderous intent. All were using deadly weapons in pursuance of a common design to destroy life.
The conduct of Fielden at the Haymarket, considered in connection with his acts prior there to, and with all the other facts as here in set forth, certainly warranted the jury in finding that he was one of the conspirators.
What are the facts in regard to the connection of the defendant Parsons with the Haymarket meeting?
The call to the American group to meet
past seven o'clock at the Arbeiter Zeitung office on Tuesday evening
published by the defendant Parsons. The notice, which has already been
to, was inserted by him in the Evening News, and the original
which it was printed, was in his handwriting. He was seen by several
at the Haymarket on the corner of Randolph and Halsted Streets before
o'clock and before he appeared at the gathering of the group he had
"About the only thing that I could quote exact was that at one time he said: "What good are these strikes going to do? Do you think that anything will be accomplished by them? Do you think the working-men are going to gain their point? No, No, they will not. The result of them will be that you will have to go back to work for less money than you are getting." That is his language, in effect. x x At one time he mentioned the name of Jay Gould; there were cries from the crowd; "Hang Jay Gould; throw him into the lake," and so on. He said: "No, No, that would not do any good. If you would hang Jay Gould now, there would be "another, and perhaps a hundred, up to-morrow. It don't do any good to hang one man. You have to kill "them all," or get rid of "them all." Then he went on to say that it was not the individual always, but the system; that the government should be destroyed. It was the wrong government, and these people who supported it had to be destroyed en masse.
The temper of the crowd was extremely turbulent, especially after that speech he made about the workingmen not gaining anything by the strike, X X The crowd seemed to me to be thoroughly in sympathy with the speaker, and applauded almost every utterance."
Tuttle says: "The crowd that was enthusiastic was near the wagon or around it, and some were on the north side of the wagon.
The same parties who had spoken when he referred to Gould, I think the same, one of them anyway, because I had my eye on him for two or three minutes, two minutes, I should say. I think I could describe the men, and would know if I saw him---he stuck up his hand like that (illustrating), with a revolver in it and said: "We will shoot the devils," or some such expression. And I saw two others sticking up their hands near to him, who made similar expressions, and had what I took to be at that time revolvers; but this one man I speak of, I took particular notice of him, and remember his appearance and saw his revolver very plainly in his right hand; and he grasped it about the center of the weapon and stuck it up in front of the speaker."
Cosgrove says: that Parsons talked of the police and capitalists and militia and Pinkertons. He says he was down in the Hocking Valley region, and said they were only getting 24 cents a day, and that was less than Chinamen, and he said: "My friends, you will be worse than Chinamen, if "you don't arm yourselves", and he said they would be held responsible for the blood that would flow in the near future.
McKeough testifies: "Parsons, among other things, said: "I am a tenant and I pay rent to a landlord. X X X The landlord pays taxes, the taxes pay the sheriff, the police, the Pinkerton knights and the militia that are on duty out at the barracks, who are ready to shoot you down when you are looking for your rights. I am a socialist from the top of my head to the soles of my feet and I will express my sentiments if I die before morning." He said that very strongly and made a great commotion. That seemed to kind of catch the crowd in the neighborhood of the wagon and they let out a great cheer. X X X X I went to the outer edge of the crowd. X X The next remark I heard Mr Parsons say, taking off his hat in one hand, said he: "To arms, to arms, to arms", three times distinctly."
English says: "Spies, I think, spoke fifteen or twenty minutes: X X X
"Well, now here is an abstract of Parsons, and I can't give the exact language when he first started off. It was about the workingmen, that the remedy for their wrongs was in socialism.
"He said, without them they would soon become Chinamen. He said, "It is time to raise a note of warning. There is nothing in the eight-hour movement to excite the capitalist.
"'Don't you know that the military are
arms, and a Gatling gun is ready to mow you down? Was this
"There is another part of it here. 'It behoves you, as you love your wife and children, if you don't want to see them perish with hunger, killed or cut down like dogs on the street, Americans, in the interest of your liberty and your independence, to arm, arm yourselves."
Simonson, a witness for the defense, says of the speech, made by Parsons: "I remember in his speech he said: "To arms, to arms, to arms," but in what connection I cannot remember."
There is no dispute about the fact that Spies spoke first, Parsons next and Fielden last. It is claimed by the defense, that just before Fielden closed his speech, Parsons left the speakers' wagon, or a wagon standing just north of it, on account of an appearance of rain, and went to Zepf's Hall, and that he was in the saloon at Zepf's Hall when the bomb exploded. Allen one of the newspaper reporters, says: "When the bomb was thrown I was in the saloon of Zepf's Hall, standing about the middle of the room at the time. I did not see any of the defendants there. X X X I am almost certain Parsons was not at Zepf's Hall. X X X There was a constant passing to and fro from the furniture-workers' meeting upstairs to the meeting over at the Haymarket. I was with Mr. Malkoff at Zepf's Hall." Parsons says that, "In a moment or two" after the explosion, two or three men rushed breathlessly in at the door of the saloon and that he "remained there possibly twenty minutes or so." Knox, another newspaper reporter, swears, that he had a conversation with Spies on the night of May 5th and Spies then said that when the bomb exploded he ran to Zepf's Hall and there found a certain party 'waiting for' Parsons.
The statement of Parsons, that he was in the saloon at Zepf's Hall when the bomb exploded, is sustained by the testimony of Ingram, of Malkoff, a Russian, who on May 5th, 1886, was a reporter for the Arbeiter Zeitung and a correspondent of a paper in Moscow, Russua, and had roomed with Rau and lived with Schwab; of Brown, a member of the American group who had attended the meeting at 107 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday night and had been arrested by reason of his connection with the Haymarket meeting; and of Wandray, who had belonged to the northwest side group for three years before December, 1885.
Two circumstances are to be noted:
First, it can
hardly be said that Parsons was absent from the Haymarket meeting, when
into Zepp's Hall. It has already been stated, that the latter place was
few steps north of the speakers' wagon and in sight from it. Parsons
says that, before he left the wagon he "saw he lights through the
of the hall." From the window of the saloon he was watching the
proceedings around the wagon, when the explosion occurred. He says:
at once, looking directly at the meeting I saw an illumination." Second
did not start to Zepp's Hall until five or ten minutes before the
up to the wagon. When he left the wagon for the saloon, Fielden had
uttered the words about stabbing and throttling the law, which had so
the crowd as to induce McKeough to go to the
We do not think that the defendant Parsons can escape his share of the responsibility for the explosion at the Haymarket because he stepped into a neighboring saloon and looked at the explosion through the window. While he was speaking, men stood around him with arms in their hands. Many of these men were members
of the armed sections of the International groups. Among them were men, who belonged to the 'International Rifles', an armed organization, in which he himself was an officer, and with which he had been drilling in preparation for the events then transpiring. To the men then listening to him, he had addressed the incendiary appeals that had been appearing in the Alarm for two years. He had said to them: "One dynamite bomb properly placed will destroy a regiment of soldiers, a weapon easily made, and carried with perfect safety in the pockets of one's clothing." He had said to them on Saturday, April 24th, 1886, just ten days before May 4th, 1886, in the last issue of the Alarm that had appeared before May 4th: "Workingmen to arms. War to the palace, peace to the cottage and death to luxurious idleness. The wage system is the only cause of the world's misery. One pound of dynamite is better than a bushel of bullets. Make your demand for eight hours with weapons in your hands to meet the capitalistic blood-hounds, police and militia in proper manner"; and, at the close of another article in the same issue, he had also said: "The social war has come and whoever is not with us is against us."
To many of these same men, then gathered around the wagon from which he was speaking, after denouncing the police and militia as ready to shoot them down, he took off his hat and cried out: "To arms! To arms! To arms!" Within less than an hour after the delivery of this appeal and on the spot where it was made, persons in the crowd, to which it was addressed, attacked the police with bomb and revolver, and Degan was killed. What is the law applicable to the state of facts here recited?
"If one purposely excites another to commit an offense, as, if he harangues people, inflaming them to a riot, and the offense is accordingly committed, he is guilty though he personally takes no part in it." (1Bishop on Criminal Law 640)
In reg. v. Sharpe 3 box c.c. 288, Chief Justice Wilde, in charging the jury, said:
"If persons are assembled together to
number of three or more, and speeches are made to those persons to
inflame them, with a view to incite them to acts of violence, and if
meeting is so connected in point of circumstances with a subsequent
you cannot reasonably sever the letter from the incitement that was
appears to me that these who incited are guilty of the riot, although
not actually present when it occurs. I think it is not the hand that
the blow or that throws the stone (bomb), that is alone guilty under
circumstances; but that he who inflames peoples' minds and induces them
violent means to accomplish an illegal object is himself a rioter,
take no part in the riot. It will be a question for the jury whether
that took place was so connected with the inflammatory language used by
defendant that they cannot reasonably be separated by time or other
The jury were warranted in believing from the evidence that the
Parsons was associated with the man, who threw the bomb, and the men,
who fired the shots at the Haymarket,
in a conspiracy to bring about a social revolution in Chicago by force
about May 1st, 1886, or, in other words, to destroy the police and
or about that date with bombs and revolvers or rifles. It is well
when the fact of a conspiracy is once established, any act of one of
conspirators in the prosecution of the enterprise is considered the act
(Nudd vs. Burrows 91
It makes no difference that Parsons may
been present in the basement of Greif's a Hall when the Monday night
was planned. He belonged to the armed sections, whose representatives
into that conspiracy and was one of the absent members, who were to be
of its provisions. One of those provisions was the holding of a meeting
at the Haymarket.
When he went to that meeting in obedience to a summons from Rau and
an incendiary speech, he joined the others in their execution of the
and thereby became a party to it. "Individuals, who, though not
specifically parties to the killing, are present and consenting to the
assemblage, by whom it is perpetrated, are principals when the killing
pursuance of the common design." (Wharton on Homicide (2) Sec. 201:
Wharton's Am. Law of Homicide pages 345, 346 etc. R. vs.
The plan adopted on Monday night, was merely a specific mode of carrying out the more general conspiracy, to which Parsons and those present on Monday night were all parties. The adoption of the Monday night plot was the act of those who were co-conspirators with Parsons. It was therefore his act. He had advised the use of bombs and arms against the police on or about May 1st. The men, who met Monday night, merely indicated more specifically the time when and places where and mode in which such bombs and arms should be used, so as to be most effective.
"A man may be guilty of a wrong which he did not specifically intend, if it came naturally or even accidentally through some other specific or a general evil purpose. When, therefore, persons combine to do an unlawful thing, or if the act of one proceeding or growing out of the common place terminates in a criminal result, though not the particular result meant, all are liable." (1 Bish. Cr. L. 686 and cases cited)
"There might be no special malice against the party slain nor deliberate intention to hurt him; but if the fact was committed in the prosecution of the original purpose, which was unlawful, the whole party will be involved in the guilt of him who gave the blow." (Foster 351 sec. 6). "Where there is a conspiracy to accomplish an unlawful purpose, and the means are not specifically agreed upon or understood, each conspirator becomes responsible for the means used by any co-conspirator in the accomplishment of the purpose in which they are all at the time engaged." (State vs. McCahill 30 N.W.R.) (553.)
He who enters into a combination or conspiracy to do such an unlawful act as will probably result in the unlawful taking of human life, must be presumed to have understood the consequences, which might reasonably be expected to flow from carrying it into effect, and also to have assented to the doing of whatever would reasonably or probably be necessary to accomplish the objects of the conspiracy, even to the taking of life. (1 Wharton's Crim. Law sec. 225 a (9th Ed.); Brennan et al vs. People 15 Ill, 511; Hanna vs. People 86 Ill, 243; Lamb vs. People 96 Ill. 74)
The defendant Neebe, as has already been stated, was a member of the North side group, which had resolved "not to meet the enemy unarmed on May 1st, 1886." He was one of the stockholders of the Arbeiter Zeitung and, next to Spies and Schwab, the most active man in its management. He was looked for and found at the Arbeiter Zeitung office in consultation with Spies and Schwab during the week prior to May 4th. The testimony of Gruenhut shows that Neebe was active in organizing and preparing for the movements then going on. He was found in possession of the Arbeiter Zeitung building after the arrest of Spies and Schwab and announced himself as the person, who had charge of the office. He stated to the officers that a package of dynamite, which they found in a closet on one of the floors of the building, was something for "cleaning type." There were found at his house on May 7th a red flag, a sword, a breech-loading gun and a 38 calibre Colt's revolver, five chambers of which had been fired; one chamber was loaded with a cartridge and one had a shell in it. He is shown to have presided at meetings where the use of arms and dynamite against the police was advocated. On Monday night, May 3rd, 1886, he was seen distributing the "Revenge" circulars. He took a package of them into a saloon at the corner of Franklin and Division streets on that night between nine and ten o'clock and placed some on the counter and some on the tables, while seven or eight persons were present. He stated there, that the circulars had just then been printed. He exhibited anger to toward police, and said, in reference to the riot of that afternoon: "It is a shame that the police act that way, but maybe the time comes that it goes the other way- that they get the chance, too."
When a man, as prominently connected as Neebe was with the International organization and its organ and leaders, was proven to have been engaged late on the night before the Haymarket murder in distributing an inflammatory circular calling upon ignorant workingmen to arm themselves and avenge the act of the police in quelling a riotous disturbance, we cannot say that the jury were not justified in holding him responsible, along with his confederates, for the murder on Tuesday night of one of the very policemen, whose death he was urging and advocating on Monday night. We do not think that the trial court erred in refusing the instructions asked on his behalf.
Various errors are assigned upon the record. These errors relate to the evidence introduced, the instruction given and the impaneling of the jury.
It is claimed that the trial admitted improper testimony. The news-papers articles and the speeches, already referred to, are complained of as having been improperly received in evidence.
We think there was no error in admitting them for the following reasons:
1st, the International Association in Chicago, as above described, was an illegal organization engaged in making bombs and drilling with arms for the unlawful purpose of attacking the police if the later should assume to do their drill in the protection of the public peace. Its members were conspirators, and by their act of conspiring together, they "jointly assumed to themselves, as a body, the attribute of individuality, so far as regards the prosecution of the common design." greenl. On ev. Sec. 93.() the papers which published the articles in question were the organs of their conspiracy. The men who made the speeches in question, were its spokesmen and mouthpiece. Hence the utterances of these papers and speakers were competent evidence as showing the purposes and intentions of the conspiracy which they represented.
2nd Spies, Schwab, Parsons and Engel were responsible for the articles written and published by them as above shown. Spies, Schwab, Fielden, Parsons and Engel were responsible for the speeches made by them respectively. As against these defendants the articles and speeches in question were properly introduced in evidence, not because they gave general advice to commit murder, but because they advises and encouraged a particular class in Chicago, to wit: the members of the international groups and such other workingmen as could be persuaded to join them "to arm themselves with guns, revolvers and dynamite," and kill another particular class in Chicago, to wit: the police at a particular time to wit: about May 1st. 1886. There is evidence in the record tending to show, that the death of Degan occurred during the prosecution of a conspiracy planned by members of the international groups, who read these articles and heard these speeches. How far the formation and execution of this conspiracy may have been aided and encouraged by the printed and spoken utterances of the particular defendants here named was a proper matter for the jury to consider in the light of all the other circumstances developed by the testimony in this case.
3rd, the evidence objected to was properly introduced against all the dependants where the conspiracy is once established. Every act and declaration of each member in furtherance of the common design is in contemplation of law, the act and declaration of all the members, and is therefore original evidence against each of them. "it makes no difference at what time any one entered into the conspiracy". (1 green'l on ev. Sec. 111). All the defendants in this case are proven to have belonged to the illegal organization above specified. Hence they were all co-conspirators. The speeches and newspaper articles here under consideration were in furtherance of the common design. Being the acts and declaration of some of the conspirators they were the acts and declarations of all of them. It is not necessary to hold, that the conviction of the defendants in this case is to stand merely because they made speeches and published articles advising the murder of the police, such conviction is sustained because there is evidence in the record from which the jury were warranted in believing that the defendants advised, encouraged, aided and abetted the perpetration of the crime, committed at the Haymarket. When they combined or conspired together, with a view of bringing about that crime, and became united in a common plan for its commission, then the acts and declaration of any one of them, which had the effect of advising, encouraging, aiding and abetting its perpetration were the acts and declarations of all.
We do not agree with the position of counsel that the general conspiracy here in before described and the plot of Monday night, May 3rd, 1886, were two separate conspiracies. The later was merely the outgrowth and culmination of the former. The latter merely designated the particular mode in which the objects of the former where to be effected. It was competent to show the acts and declarations of the parties to the general conspiracy which preceded and led up to the formation of the special plot May 3rd, with a view of understanding the latter.
The defendants were engaged in a series
to increase the international groups by accessions from the workingmen,
educate and discipline those groups in the making of bombs and in the
use of firearms,
so as to prepare them for a conflict, with the police when the eight
excitement should reach its height. Among these effors were the
and the publications issued as hereinbefore stated. The Monday night
was the product of these efforts, and could only be understood by
nature and character. These views are sustained by the following
The circulation of this treatise was an act of the illegal organization, to which all the defendants belonged, and was one of the methods by which that organization instructed and advised its members to get ready for the murder of the police during the eight hour excitement. Its distribution among the members of the international groups at their picnics and meetings through the agent of the International Association is proven beyond controversy. The newspaper organs commended it and quoted from it and advertised it without charge. Linng and Fischer read it and acted upon the suggestions contained in it. When the leaders of the organization thus made use of this treatise. They adopted it as a manual of tactics, and it became a book of their written advice and instructions to their followers. It was competent testimony as showing the purposes and objects which they had in view, and the methods, by which, they proposed to accomplish those objects. When the newspapers organs commenced its study to their readers they made its suggestions a part of its own advice to those readers. The efforts of the defendants who controlled these organs to put this pamphlet into the hands of the members of the international groups were acts and declarations in furtherance of the conspiracy and were binding upon the other defendants.
It is also assigned as error, that the trial court admitted in evidence a letter, written to the defendants Spies in 1884 by Johnann most, the author of the treatise above referred to. The letter is set out in the statement which prefaces this opinion.
The defendant Spies took the stand as a witness for the defense. Upon his cross-examination the prosecution produced the letter in question, examined him in reference to it and then offered it in evidence and it was admitted.
The main objection is that after the arrest of Spies certain effects of his, including this letter, were seized by the police in the Arbeiter Zeitung office without a search warrant or other legal process, that such seizure was in violation of the United states and Illinois constitutions and that the admission of the letter "was" in the language of counsel for plaintiffs in error, "improper as being in effect a compelling of the plaintiffs in error to give testimony against themselves contrary to the provision of the Fifth Amendment of the Federal Constitution and to the Federal Constitution and to the provision of Article 2 of our Constitutions of 1870" in other words, the introduction of the letter is objected to in this court, as having been in contravention of the principles laid down by the supreme court of the United States in Boyd vs. The United States 116 U. S. 616. In that case, an act of congress authorizing the federal courts to require parties charged with violations of the revenue laws to produce their books invoices and papers for inspection and for use in evidence against themselves, was declared to be unconstitutional. In the case at bar, the defendants were not required to produce the letter: the state had the letter and produced it. We will not attempt however to draw any distinction between this case and the Boyd case. We do not think that the record is in such shape as to permit counsel to make the point urged by them before this court.
In the first place, it is not clear from the testimony that the letter from most was seized by the police in the manner suggested. Early in the trial two police officers, testifying for the prosecution, stated that on May 5th, 1886 they took possession of a number of articles found in the office of the Arbeiter Zeitung newspaper, among which were certain letters lying on the desk occupied by Spies, and certain other letters in the drawer of the desk. But it nowhere appears in the record so far as we can find, that this particular letter from most to Spies, introduced near the close of the trial, was among the letters so taken from the top of Spies desk or among those taken from the drawer of it. For aught that appears to the contrary, this letter may not have come to the hands of the state through the alleged illegal seizure complained of, but may have been obtained in some other proper and legitimate manner. We cannot infer, that because certain letters were seized by the police, the most letter must have been one of them.
On the trial below counsel for the defense took the position that the letter was not found in the possession of Spies, we find the following statement in the record of what occurred, when the trial judge passed upon the offer to introduce the letter "the court xxx": "letters which have never been in the possession of the defendant cannot be admissible in evidence against him." Mr. Black: there is no evidence in this case that the letter was found in his possession. The court": he says he received it. This brings us to the second reason why the point now under consideration cannot be made here.
The objection that the letter was obtained from the defendant by an unlawful seizure, is made for the first time in this court. It was not made on the trial in the court below. Such an objection as this, which is not suggested, by the nature of the offered evidence, but depends upon the proof of an outside fact, should have been made on the trial. The defense should have proved that the Most letter was one of the letters illegally seized by the police and should then have moved to exclude it or opposed its admission on the ground that it was obtained by such illegal seizure. This was not done, and, therefore we cannot consider the constitutional question supposed to be involved.
The only objections made to the Most letter, which we find in the record, were; 1st- that it was not proper cross examination; 2nd that it had not been answered by Spies.
The defendant Spies on his direct examination had explained his possession of two bombs with iron shells by saying that an unknown person who claimed to be a shoe maker named Schwab, and to be on his way from Cleveland to New Zealand, had called at the Arbeiter Zeitung office, and, asking Spies if he had seen one of the bombs "they" were making, had left the two iron shells, saying "he would not take them along." Spies also testified, that a stranger had called at the office in his absence and left two "Czar" bombs on his desk, stating to the book-keeper or office boy that he came merely to "enquire whether those were bombs of a good construction, and the man never called for them." He further testified that he procured the cartridges of dynamite and coils of fuse and detonating caps found in his office for the mere purpose of experimenting without explaining why he wanted to experiment. He stated that he showed these things or some of them to the reporters, who swear to having seen them there, merely to give them something sensational to write about in their papers.
The Most letter and the questions about
contents were proper subjects for cross-examination because they tended
the sincerity of the claim made by him on his direct examination that
he had no
serious object in view in keeping the dynamite, and other articles,
had on hand. That letter shows on its face that some communication or
had passed between Spies and Most as to a "letter from the
The second objection to the letter was that it was unanswered, and therefore inadmissible on the ground that a letter written to a party by a third person to which no reply is made, does not show an acquiescence in the facts stated in it. As we understand the evidence of the defendant Spies he admits that this letter is in the handwriting of Most and that he received it from Most and read it. He does not say that he did not answer it, but that he does not remember whether he answered it or not. We do not think however, that it can be regarded as an unanswered letter. To all intents and purposes it was answered, Spies swears that he did not himself give the directions asked for by Most in the letter as to shipping the 'medicine' or 'genuine article.' but he a also says: "There may have been a letter addressed to my care which I may have sent to him." If he procured a third person to write a letter, giving directions how to ship material to the point indicated, and then enclosed this letter to Most, he, in effect, answered the only portion of Most's letter which required an answer. Moreover, the letter shows in its opening sentences that it was "invited" by Spies, (Wharton's Criminal Evidence (9th Ed) Secs. 644 and 682) and that it was written in response to some former communication by him.
It is also objected, that the cross-examination of those of the defendants, who took the stand, compelled them to give evidence against themselves. After a careful examination of the testimony of these defendants as set out in the record, we cannot see that they were cross examined upon any subject not connected with the direct examination. If a defendant offers himself as a witness to disprove a criminal charge, he cannot excuse himself from answering on the ground that, by so doing, he may criminate himself.
"So far as concerns questions touching the merits, the defendant by making himself a witness as to the offense, waives his privileges as to all matters connected with the offense.
It has been ruled also that, to affect his credibility, he may be asked whether x x x x x he has been concerned in other crimes, part of the same system." (Whar. Crim. Ev. Sec 432.)
Objection is also made, that certain articles, which had been struck and torn and otherwise injured through the explosion of the Haymarket bomb and also through the explosion, by way of experiment, of certain bombs made by the defendant Linng,were improperly introduced before the jury. It was the claim of the International Association and its organs and speakers constantly put forth by them to the workingmen to induce the latter to join the movement against the police and militia, that a Dynamite bomb in the hands of one man was equal in destructive power to a regiment of soldiers, armed with rifles. The articles in question were presented in the condition in which they were left after being exposed to the force of an exploding bomb, for the purpose of showing the power of dynamite as an explosive substance. While this kind of testimony may not have been very material, we cannot see that it was to such an extent incompetent as to justify a reversal.
It is also objected that the trial court allowed bombs and cans containing dynamite and prepared with contrivances for exploding it, which had been found under sidewalks and buried in the ground at certain points in the city, to be introduced in evidence.
Among these were the bombs hidden by Linng and Seliger under the sidewalk on Sigel street, and those given by Linng to Lehmann and buried by Lehmann near Ogden Grove, and those given by Linng to Thielen and found upon the latter's premises.
As specimens of the kind of weapons, which Linng and his associates were preparing, and as showing the malice and evil heart, which the intended use of such weapons indicated, the introduction of bombs made by him was not improper. The jury had a right to see them and compare their structure with the descriptions of the bomb that killed Degan, with a view of determining whether Linng was the maker of the latter or not. As to the fact, that some of those bombs and caps, like those shown to the American group during their drill, were found buried near Wicker Park-- one of the designated meeting places where certain of the armed men were to gather on Tuesday night-- this was a circumstance proper to be considered by the jury in determining the nature and character of the conspiracy and its connection with the events of Tuesday night. As to the suggestion, that these things may have been placed where they were found, by other parties than those connected with the conspiracy herein described, it was for the jury to say, whether, under all the circumstances, any others than the members of that conspiracy had undertaken to make such weapons or knew anything about them.
It is again urged as error, that a witness on the part of the State, for whom Schnaubelt had been working, was allowed to testify that the latter cut off his beard a few days after the night of May 4th. In the photograph that has been referred to he had a beard.
Gilmer swore that Schnaubelt had a beard, when the bomb was thrown. To explain the fact that he was seen without a heard after the Haymarket meeting, it was shown that he cut off his beard subsequently to the date of that meeting. The statement made by the witness was merely for the purpose of identification. It was not very important and we cannot see that it did any harm.
It is also objected, that some testimony was admitted as to conversations with the defendant Spies which were merely narrative of what had been or would be done. It is undoubtedly the law, that, after a conspiracy is established, only those declarations of each member, which are in furtherance of the common design, can be introduced in evidence against the other members.
Declarations that are merely narrative as to what has been done or will be done are incompetent and should not be admitted except as against the making them, or in whose presence they are made. The utterances of the defendant Spies, whether in his paper, his speeches or his conversations, were in furtherance of the purposes and objects of the conspiracy in which he was engaged.
If testimony as to expressions used by him, that are not of the character here indicated, has crept into the record, it is so inconsiderable that it could not have in any way injured the other defendants. We think this point was sufficiently guarded by the trial judge in his rulings and in his instructions.
A further objection is made as to the order, in which the trial court permitted certain portions of the evidence to be introduced. It is claimed that some of the acts and declarations, proven in the case, were allowed to come in before proof was made of the conspiracy or of the connection of the defendants with it. This matter is largely discretionary with the trial judge.
The proof of conspiracy, which will authorize the introduction of evidence as to the acts and declarations of the co-conspirators may be such proof only as is sufficient in the opinion of the trial judge, to establish prima facie the fact of conspiracy between the parties, or proper to be laid before the jury, as tending to establish such fact. (1 Greenl on Ev Sec 111). Sometimes for the sake of convenience the acts or declarations of one are admitted in evidence before sufficient proof is given of the conspiracy; the prosecutor undertaking to furnish such proof in a subsequent stage of the cause. (idem)
The rule, that the conspiracy must be first established prima facie, before the acts and declarations of one conspirator can be received in evidence against another, cannot well be enforced "where the proof of the conspiracy depends upon a vast amount of circumstantial evidence, a vast number of isolated and independent facts; and, in any case, where such acts and declarations are introduced in evidence, and the whole of the evidence introduced on the trial, taken together, shows that such a conspiracy actually exists, it will be considered immaterial whether the conspiracy was established before or after the introduction of such acts and declarations." (State v Winn 17 Kan 298).
The prosecutor may either prove the conspiracy which renders the acts of the conspirators admissible in evidence, or he may prove the acts of the different persons, and thus prove the conspiracy. (Roscoe's Crim Ev page 415 (7th Ed)).
In many important cases evidence has been given of a general conspiracy, before any proof of the particular part which the accused parties have taken. (idem) In some peculiar instances, in which it would be difficult to establish the defendant's privity without first proving the existence of a conspiracy, a deviation has been made from the general rule, and evidence of the acts and conduct of others has been admitted to prove the existence of a conspiracy previous to the proof of the defendant's privity. (Roscoe's Crim Ev page 414).
The term "acts" as here used includes written correspondence and other papers relative to the main design. (1 Green on Ev sec 111)
Many other objections to different items of testimony are insisted upon by counsel for the defense. We have noticed those, which have seemed to us to be the most important. Any further comment would swell this opinion, already of inordinate length, into still more tiresome proportions. Taking the whole record together we are unable to see, that the lower Court committed any such errors, either in the admission or exclusion of evidence, as prejudiced the rights of the defendants.
The second class of errors assigned relates to the giving and refusal of Instructions.
First, the instructions, numbered 4 and 5 1-2, which were given for the State, are claimed to be erroneous because they did not require the prosecution to establish the identity of the bomb-thrower. The fourth instruction told the jury that, upon a given state of facts, certain members of the conspiracy mentioned would be guilty of murder, "whether the identity of the person throwing the bomb be established or not," Instruction No 5 1-2 said; "All of such conspirators are guilty of such murder whether the person, who perpetrated each murder, can be identified or not" &c. The identity here intended had reference to name or personal description. The jury were expressly required by the fourth instruction to find from the evidence, that the person throwing the bomb was at the time a member of the conspiracy to unlawfully resist the officers of the law, and that he threw the bomb "in pursuance of such conspiracy and in furtherance of the common object."
The theory of the fourth instruction was, that the bomb thrower was sufficiently identified if he belonged to the conspiracy, and if he threw the bomb to carry out the conspiracy and further its designs, even though his name and personal description were not known. We do not think that this theory was an erroneous one.
Counsel for plaintiffs in error say, that "membership in the supposed conspiracy could not be proved without some evidence of identification." In the first place, some of the counts in the indictment charged, that Rudolph Schnaubelt threw the bomb. Evidence was introduced tending to support these counts. If the jury believed it, they must have found that the crime was committed by a member of the conspiracy, the proof as to Schnaubelt's membership in it being uncontradicted.
In the next place some of the counts in the indictment charged that the bomb was thrown by an unknown person. All the proof introduced by the defendants themselves, tending to show that Schnaubelt did not throw the bomb, tended also to prove that an unknown person threw it. If the jury believed the evidence of the defense upon this subject, they had before them other testimony from which they were justified in believing, that the bomb thrower, though unknown by name or personal description, was a member of the conspiracy and acting in furtherance of its objects. This testimony introduced by the state tended to show that the bomb-thrower threw a bomb made on Tuesday afternoon by Linng, the agent of the conspiracy; that he obtained it from a place where only a member of the conspiracy could have obtained it, and at a time when no one but such a member would have sought to obtain it; that he threw it at a meeting appointed by the conspiracy, from the midst of a company of persons belonging to the conspiracy, upon the happening of a contingency provided for by the conspiracy, and as part of an attack planned by the conspiracy. These and other circumstances already spoken of, were sufficient to establish his membership.
It is a mistake to assume that a defendant cannot be charged with advising, encouraging, aiding and abetting an unknown principal in the perpetration of a crime. Suppose that A instructs B to hire some person to kill C. B hires a person, whose name is unknown to A and never becomes known to the State, and that person kills C in pursuance of B's employment. Will it be said that A is not guilty as an accessory before the fact, because the instrument employed by B is unknown by name or personal description? Archbold says that if the principal felon be unknown, the indictment of the accessory may state it accordingly, (Pr & Pl Vol 1, p 67) It is also held, that if the principal is declared to be unknown in the indictment, and the proof on the trial shows that he is known, there is a fatal variance. (Rex vs Walker 3 Camp. 264; Rex vs Blick 4 C & P 377).
But where there are two separate counts one charging the principal to be known, and the other charging him to be unknown, it is sufficient if either is proven. (Whart Crim Law Vol 1, Secs 207, 225, 226 and 231; Bishop C. L. Vol 1, Secs 651 and 677; Reg v Tyler 8 C & P 616; State vs Green 26 S.C. 103 128; Pilger v Com 112 Penn St 220; Brennan vs People 15 111 516; Baxter vs People 3 Gilm 368; Ritzman vs People 110 111, 362). The objection, that the instructions on behalf of the State are faulty in not requiring the principal in the commission of the crime charged to be identified, is not well taken.
Counsel for plaintiffs in error make the general objection that the instructions for the State were at variance with the proof introduced by the State. If we understand the meaning of this objection, it is this: that, some of the counts in the indictment having charged the defendants with advising, encouraging, aiding and abetting Schnaubelt in the perpetration of the crime, and the State having introduced testimony to show that Schnaubelt did perpetrate the crime, therefore the instructions should have directed the attention of the jury solely and exclusively to the theory that Schnaubelt was the perpetrator of the crime, and that such instructions were erroneous in having called the attention of the jury to the theory that an unknown person may have been the perpetrator of the crime, notwithstanding the fact that some of the counts charged the defendants with advising, encouraging, aiding and abetting an unknown person in the commission of the crime, and notwithstanding the fact that there was evidence in the record tending to show that the perpetrator of the crime was an unknown person. We regard this position as wholly untenable.
Under our statute and the construction given to it by the decisions of this Court (Baxter v People 3 Gilm 368 and other cases) the man, who, "not being present aiding, abetting or assisting, hath advised, encouraged, aided or abetted the perpetration of the crime" may be considered as the principal in the commission of the crime, may be indicted as principal and may be punished as principal. The indictment need not say anything about his having aided and abetted either a known principal or an unknown principal. It may simply charge him with having committed the murder as principal. Then, if, upon the trial, the proof shows, that he aided, abetted, assisted, advised or encouraged the perpetration of the crime, the charge, that he committed it as principal, is established against him. It would make no difference, whether the proof showed, that he so aided and abetted &c a known principal or an unknown principal.
In the case at bar, some of the counts in the indictment charge the defendants with the murder of Degan, as principals and not as accessories before the fact. If the jury believed from the evidence that the defendants aided, abetted advised or encouraged the perpetration of such murder, then they were justified in finding the defendants guilty as principals, as charged in the indictment.
The material question for them to consider was not so much whether the man, who threw the bomb, was a known person or an unknown person, as whether these defendants aided, abetted, advised or encouraged the throwing of the bomb.
The instructions commented upon and not fully quoted in this opinion, are set out in the statement, which precedes it. They will not be here quoted, except so far as may be necessary to understand the comments made upon them.
The portion of the fifth instruction for the State, which is complained of by the plaintiffs in error, is found in the following words: "Although the jury may further believe from the evidence that the time and place for the bringing about of such revolution or the destruction of such authorities had not been definitely agreed upon by the conspirators, but was left to them and the exigencies of time or to the judgment of any of the conspirators."
It is said, that there was no evidence in the record to support the hypothesis contained in the quotation here made. We think there was such evidence. The hypothesis is, that the time and place for bringing about the destruction of the authorities was left to the judgment of some of the conspirators, instead of being definitely agreed upon by all of them. The publication of the word "Ruhe" in the Arbeiter Zeitung was to indicate the time for the social revolution to begin and for the armed men to gather at their meeting-places. Its publication was left to the judgment and discretion of a committee appointed by the conspirators. This committee was also to report to the armed men at what place the conflict with the police had occurred.
Counsel for plaintiffs in error claim, that instruction No. 5 1-2, given for the State, was erroneous mainly for the following reasons, to wit: 1st, "because it assumes that mere general advice to the public at large to commit deeds of violence, as contained in speeches or publications, without reference to the particular crime charged and without specifying object, manner, time or place, works responsibility as for murder"--2nd.--because in it "there was the fatal error of an omission of all reference to the evidence", or, in other words, that "the jury are not told in it that if they find from the evidence so and so, then they can conclude thus and so."
As to the last objection, we think that the defect therein indicated was cured by the instruction, which the trial Judge gave to the jury sua motu. We have held that a Judge of the X Circuit Court is at liberty to instruct at his discretion if he reduces his instructions to writing, so that the jury can take them with them in considering their verdict. (Brown vs People 4 Gilm 439; Green vs Lewis 13 Ill 642) In this case, the Judge, who presided at the trial in the Court below, himself wrote an instruction and read it to the Jury, which contained the following words:
"What are the facts and what is the truth the Jury must determine from the evidence and from that alone. If there are any unguarded expressions in any of the instructions, which seem to assume the existence of any facts, or to be any intimation as to what is proved, all such expressions must be disregarded and the evidence only looked to determine the facts." It is difficult to see how, after such a clear and explicit injunction as this, the jury could have made any finding, that was not based on the evidence.
As to the first objection, if we construed the instruction to mean what counsel claim it to mean, we would be forced to agree with them, that it was erroneous.
It is the duty, of the jury to consider all the instructions together, and when this Court can see that an instruction in the series, although not stating the law correctly, is qualified by others, so that the jury were not likely to be misled, the error will be obviated. (Toledo W. & W.R.W. Co vs Ingraham 77 Ill, 309)
Although an instruction, considered by
too general, yet if it is properly limited by others given on the other
so that it is not probable it could have misled the jury, judgment will
reversed on account of such instruction. (
The Supreme Court of Iowa has said: "It is usually not practicable, in any one instruction, to present all the limitations and restrictions of which it is susceptible. These very frequently must be presented in other and distinct portions of the charge. The charge must be taken together, and, if, when so considered, it fairly presents the law and is not liable to misapprehension nor calculated to mislead, a cause should not be reversed simply because some one of the instructions may lay down the law without sufficient qualification." (Rice vs City of Des Moines 40 Iowa 638).
The same court held in a criminal case,
indictment was for murder, that "instructions are all to be considered
construed together," and that an omission to state the law fully in one
instruction, where the omission is fully supplied in another, does not
The supreme court of
The principle here announced, that an instruction, which is general in its character, may be limited or qualified by other instructions in the series, does not contravene the rule, that, in a criminal case "material error in one instruction calculated to mislead is not cured by a subsequent contradictory instruction" |Whar, Cr, Pl. & pr. 8th.Ed.Sec. 793.|
An application of the foregoing views to the instruction now under consideration will show that it could not have misled the jury to the prejudice of the defendants.
Counsel contend, that the language of instruction no. 5-1/2 was broad enough to lead the jury to believe, that, if, some person other than either of the plaintiffs in error had advised and encouraged the commission of the murder and the murder had been committed by reason of his advice and encouragement, the plaintiffs in error would be guilty, provided such person was a party with then to the conspiracy to excite crime etc. The instructions for the defense however, limited the responsibility of the defendants to such advice and encouragement as were given by themselves alone.
In one instruction given for the defense, the court charged the jury as follows; "unless the prosecution has established in the minds of the jury, beyond all reasonable doubt, that either some of the defendants threw the said bomb, or that the person, who did so throw the same, was acting under the advice and procurement of defendants or some of them, the defendants and all of them should be acquitted."
In another instruction given for the defense the court said; "it will not do to guess away the lives or liberties of our citizens nor is it proper that the jury should guess that the person, who threw the bomb which killed Degan, was instigated to do the act by the procurement of defendants or any of them. That fact must be established beyond all reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury" etc.
In still another instruction for the defense the court said; "therefore the jury must be satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that the person throwing said bomb was acting as the result of the teaching or encouragement of defendants or some of them, before defendants can be held liable therefore, and this you must find from the evidence."
Counsel also claims, that the instruction now under consideration may be construed to mean, that mere general advice, in [xxxx] by speech, addressed to the public at large, urging them to commit deeds of violence, works responsibility for murder. If the instruction was too general in this regard, it was limited and qualified by other instructions given for the defendants.
In an instruction given for the defense the court said to the jury; "it will not do to say that, because defendants may have advised violence, that, therefore when violence came, it was the result of such advice,. There must be a direct connection established by credible testimony between the advice and the consummation of the crime, to the satisfaction of the jury beyond all reasonable doubt."
In another instruction for the defense -- and all the instructions for the defense were prepared by the defendants themselves and the giving of them was asked by the defendants-- the court said; "before party can be lawfully convicted of the commission of a crime under our statute concerning accessories, it is incumbent on the prosecution to show beyond all reasonable doubt, by credible evidence, that the crime was committed by some persons or person acting under the advice, aid, encouragement, abetting or procurement of the defendant or defendants, whose conviction is asked. Though the jury should believe from the evidence, that a party in fact advised generally the commission, in certain contingencies, of acts amounting to crime, yet if the act complained of was in fact committed by some third party of his own mere volition, hatred, malice or ill-will, and not materially influenced, either directly or indirectly, by such advice of the party charged or if he was actuated only by the advice of other parties not charged, and for whose advice the defendants are not responsible, the party charged would not in such case be responsible."
In another instruction for the defense, the court said; "although the defendants or some of them may have spoken and also published their views to the effect that a social revolution should be brought about by force, and that the officers of the law should be resisted, and, to this end, dynamite should be used to the extent of taking human life, that persons should arm to resist the law, that the law should be throttled and killed; and although such language might cause persons to desire to carry out the advice given as aforesaid and do the act which caused officer Degan's death, yet the bomb may have been thrown and Degan killed by some one unfamiliar with and unprompted by the teachings of defendants or any of them. Therefore, the jury must be satisfied, beyond all reasonable doubt that the persons throwing said bomb was acting as the result of the teaching or encouragement of defendants" etc.
The instruction last quoted, which was drawn by the counsel for the defense and given at their request, recognizes and admits the claim, that advising, encouraging, aiding and abetting murder, within the meaning of our statute, may be effected through the utterance of such speeches and the publication of such articles as have been heretofore referred to. The only thing insisted upon in the instruction is, that the proof must show, clearly and beyond a reasonable doubt, the connection between the speeches and publications as the cause, and the murder as the result.
The last instruction given for the defendants limited the instructions, having reference to general advice to commit murder or general conspiracy to commit murder, by calling the attention of the jury specifically to the Monday night plot. It was as follows: "if the jury find that on the evening of May 3rd. At 54 West Lake St, at a meeting at which some of the defendants were present, a proposition was adopted, that in the event of a collision between the police force, militia or firemen on one side, and the striking laborers on the other, it was agreed, that certain organization of which some of the defendants were members, should meet at certain designated places in the city of Chicago. That a committee should attend public places and public meeting where an attack by the police and others might be expected, and in the event of such an attack being made, report the same to said armed sections, as aforesaid, to the end that such attack might be resisted and the police stations of the city destroyed, and if the jury further find that, on the night of May 4th, some person unknown went to a meeting at the Haymarket and threw a bomb into the assembled police, the explosion of which killed Mathias J. Degan and that from all the evidence in the case the jury are not satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt, that said act causing the death of said Degan was the result of any act in furtherance of the common design as herein stated, but may have been the unauthorized and the individual act of some person acting upon his own responsibility and volition, then none of the defendants can be held responsible therefore on account of said West Lake St. meeting".
But instruction no. 5-1/2 will not be found to be so general in character, as it is claimed to be, if its language is carefully analyzed and considered in connection with other instructions given for the state.
The persons referred to therein as being
to tumult and riot and to the use of deadly weapons and to the taking
are "the people or classes of people of this city." the expression is
in the alternative. "classes of people of this city" are words which,
when construed in the light of the evidence in this record, could only
been understood to designate workingmen of the city of
The words "without designating time, place or occasion" must be taken the man, who threw the bomb that killed Degan.with the qualification given to them in the fifth instruction, that is to say, such time, place and occasion as the committee of the conspirators appointed for that purpose might designate.
According to the theory of this instruction, the defendants conspired to excite certain classes to tumult, riot, use of weapons and taking of life, "as a means to carry their designs and purposes into effect". The instruction does not specify what those designs and purposes are, because they had been stated in the two preceding instructions to be the bringing about of a social revolution and the destruction of the authorities of the city. The ordinary workingmen had two purposes in view, first, to get an eight hour day of labor, second, to keep the police from interfering to protect non-union laborers against strikers. The defendants in this case cared nothing about the eight hour movement or the contentions between union and non-union men. They looked beyond to the social revolution. They sought to make use of the excitement among the workingmen over the eight hour movement and over the attacks of police upon strikers, in order to create riot and tumult and thus precipitate the social revolution. The stirring up of riot and tumult was with them a means to an end. There is testimony tending to support this view. The men who excited the tumult and riot by print and speech, may have had a different end in view from that sought by the classes whom they so excited. But they were none the less responsible for murder that resulted from their aid and encouragement.
If the defendants, as a means of bringing about the social revolution and as a part of the larger conspiracy to effect such revolution, also conspired to excite classes of workingmen in Chicago into sedition, tumult and riot and to the use of deadly weapons and the taking, of human life and for the purpose of producing such tumult, riot, use of weapons and taking of life, advised and encouraged such classes by newspaper articles and speeches to murder the authorities of the city, and a murder of a policeman resulted from such advice and encouragement, then defendants are responsible therefore.
It is a familiar doctrine of the law, in
cases, that, if a reasonable doubt of the guilt of the prisoner is
the jury have no discretion but must acquit. The twelfth and thirteenth
instructions for the prosecution are objected to as not correctly
the jury the meaning of "reasonable doubt". The twelfth instruction
is an exact copy, verbatim et literatim, of the sixth instruction in
al vs. The People 39 Ills. 457, which we approved in that case, and
that case, we have endorsed as correct in at least three cases, to-wit:
The People 60 Ills. 119, Connaghan vs. The People 88
The portion of the thirteenth
plaintiffs in error complain of, is that which is contained in the
words: "You are not at liberty to disbelieve as jurors if from the
evidence, you believe as men". This expression has been sanctioned by
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as having been properly used in an
given to the jury by a trial Judge and we are inclined to follow the
there laid down. That Court said in Nevling vs.
By the 12th and 13th instructions, considered in connection with the 11th instruction for the State and also in connection with the definitions of reasonable doubt as embodied in the instructions given for the defense, we think the law upon this subject was correctly presented to the jury.
The statute of this State provides that "Juries in all criminal cases shall be judges of the law and fact." Instruction No. 13 1-2 given for the prosecution, is objected to as improperly limiting and qualifying this provision of the statute. It tells the jury, that "if they can say upon their oaths that they know the law better than the court itself, they have the right to do so" x x x x but that "before saying this upon their oaths, it is their duty to reflect whether from their study and experience they are better qualified to judge of the law than the Court" etc.
The language of instruction No. 13 1-2
is an exact
copy verbatim et literatim, of the language used by this Court in
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It is also claimed that the Court erred in refusing to give certain instructions asked by the defendants. The refusal of refused instructions numbered 3, 8, 9, 11 and 18 is especially insisted upon as error.
Instruction No. 3 was properly refused because it told the jury, that those of the defendants, who were not present at the Haymarket, counseling, aiding or abetting the throwing of the bomb, should be acquitted. Under our statute and the decision of this Court in Breman vs. The People 15 Ill. 517, the defendants were guilty, if they advised and encouraged the murder to be committed, although they may not have been present.
Instruction No. 8 was wrong for a number of reasons, but it is sufficient to refer to one; it assumes that "a conspiracy to bring about a change of government x x by peaceful means if possible but, if necessary, to resort to force, for that purpose" is not unlawful. The fact that the conspirators may not have intended to resort to force, unless, in their judgment, they should deem it necessary to do so, would not make their conspiracy any the less unlawful.
All that was material in instructions 9, 11 and 18 was embodied in the instructions which were given for the defendants.
The defendants also complain that the Court refused to give an instruction for them, which contained the following statement;-"It cannot be material in this case that defendants or some of them, are or may be socialists, communists or anarchists" etc.
If there was a conspiracy, it was material to show its purposes and objects with a view of determining whether and in what respects it was unlawful. Anarchy is the absence of government; it is a state of society, where there is no law or supreme power. If the conspiracy had for its object the destruction of the law and the government and of the police and militia, as the representatives of law and government, it had for its object the bringing about of practical anarchy. Whether or not the defendants were anarchists may have been a proper circumstance to be considered in connection with all the other circumstances in the case, with a view of showing what connection, if any, they had with the conspiracy and what were their purposes in joining it. Therefore, we cannot say, that it was an error to refuse an instruction, containing such a broad declaration as that announced in the above quotation.
Defendants further complain because the instruction, numbered 13, which was asked by them, was refused by the trial Court. The refusal of this instruction was not error.
It was proper enough, so far as it stated, that, if a person at the Haymarket "without the knowledge, aid, counsel, procurement encouragement or abetting of the defendants or any of them, then or theretofore given X X X threw a bomb among the police, whereupon resulted the murder or homicide charged in the indictment, then the defendants would not be liable for the results of such bomb" &c. But the instruction is so ingeniously worked as to lead the jury to believe the person who threw the bomb at the Haymarket was justified in doing so, if the meeting there was lawfully convened and peaceably conducted and if the order to disperse was unauthorized and illegal. Counsel inject into the instruction the hypothesis that the bomb may have been thrown by an outside party "in pursuance of his "view of the right of self defense." A mere order to disperse cannot be an excuse for throwing a dynamite bomb into a body of policemen. If the bomb thrower had been illegally and improperly attacked by the police, while quietly attending a peaceable meeting and had thrown the bomb to defend himself against such attack, another question would be presented. The vice of the instruction lies in the insidious intimation embodied in it, that, when a body of policemen even if in excess of their authority, give a verbal order to an assemblage to disperse, a member of that assemblage will be excusable for throwing a bomb on the ground of self defense and because of the supposed invasion of his rights.
The instruction, given by the court of its own motion and which has already been referred to, is also claimed to be erroneous. So far as it speaks of murder and advice to commit murder in general terms, it is sufficiently limited and qualified when read in connection with all the other instructions, to which it specifically calls attention. It does not supersede and stand as a substitute for the other instructions, given for both sides. It does not so purport upon its face. On the contrary the jury are directed to "carefully scrutinize" such other instructions, and are told that their apparent inconsistencies will disappear under such scrutiny. In the last sentence they are requested to disregard any unguarded expressions that may have crept into the instructions "which seem to assume the existence of any facts", and look only to the evidence &c. Why caution the jury to disregard certain expressions of a particular kind in the other instructions, if the latter were to be entirely superseded? We do not think that the instructions given by the trial judge sua motu is obnoxious to the objections urged against it.
Defendants also object to the instruction as to the form of the verdict as being erroneous.. It is claimed, that the jury were obliged, under this instruction, to find the defendants either guilty or not guilty of murder, whereas the jury were entitled to find that the offense was a lower grade of homicide then murder, if the evidence so warranted. This position is fully answered by our decisions in the cases of Dunne vs. The People 109 Ill. 646 and Dacey vs. The People 116 Ill. 555.
If counsel desired to have the jury differently instructed as to the form of the verdict, they should have prepared an instruction, indicating such form as they deemed to be correct, and should have asked the trial court to give it. They did not do so, and are in no position to complain here.
The Court, at the request of the defendants, did give the jury an instruction, defining manslaughter in the words of the statute and specifying the punishment therefore as fixed by the statute. The Court also gave the jury the following instruction: "The jury are instructed, that under an indictment for murder a party accused may be found guilty of manslaughter; and in this case, if from a full and careful consideration of all the evidence before you, you believe beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendants or any of them are guilty of manslaughter, you may so find by your verdict."
The next error assigned has reference to the empanelling of the jury. The counsel for plaintiffs in error have made an able and elaborate argument for the purpose of showing that the jury, which tried this case, was not an impartial jury in the sense in which the word "impartial" is used in our Constitution. We do not deem a consideration of all the points presented as necessary to a determination of the case, and shall only notice those that seem to us to be material.
981 men are called into the jury box and sworn to answer questions. Each one of the eight defendants was entitled to a peremptory challenge of twenty jurors, making the hole number of peremptory challenges allowed to the defense/ 160. The State was entitled to the same number. 757 were excused upon challenge for cause. 160 were challenged peremptorily by the defense and 52 by the State.
Of the twelve jurors who tried the case, eleven were accepted by the defendants. They challenged one of these, whose name was Denker, for cause, but, after the Court overruled the challenge, they proceeded to further question him and finally accepted him, although 142 of their peremptory challenges were at that time unused. They accepted the ten others, including the juror, Adams, without objection. When Adams, the eleventh juror was taken, they had forty-three peremptory challenges, which they had not yet used.
Therefore, as to eleven of the jurymen, the defendants are estopped from complaining. They virtually agreed to be tried by them because they accepted them, when, by the exercise of their unused peremptory challenges, they could have compelled every one of them to stand aside.
Counsel for the defense complain, that the trial Court overruled their challenges for cause of twenty-six talisman, to whose examinations they specifically call our attention. As they afterwards peremptorily challenge the talisman so referred to, no one of them sat upon the jury. Every one of these twenty-six men had been peremptorily challenged before the eleventh juror was taken.
After the eleventh juror was accepted, the forty-three peremptory challenges, which then remained to the defendants, were all used by them before the twelfth juror was taken.
After the defendants had examined the
juror, whose name was
The 160 talisman, who were peremptorily challenged by defendants, were first challenged for cause and the challenges for cause were overruled by the trial court.
It is claimed that, inasmuch as the
exhausted all their preemptory challenges before the panel was finally
completed, the action of the court in regard to these particular jurors
considered, and if erroneous, such action is good ground of reversal.
it must be made to appear that an objectionable juror was put upon the
defendants after they had exhausted their preemptory challenges "Unless
objection is shown to one or more of the jury, who tried the case, the
antecedent rulings of the court upon the competency of incompetence of
who have been challenged and stood aside, will not be inquired into in
court." (Holt vs state
We cannot reverse this judgment for errors commit[xx] lower court in overruling challenges for cause to jurors, then though defendants exhausted their preemptory challenges unless it is further shown that an objectionable juror was forced upon them and sat upon the case after they had exhausted their preemptory challenges. This doctrine is ably discussed in Loggins Vs The State 12 Texas Ct App. 65. We think the reasoning in that case is sound and answers the objection here made.
In addition to this reason, we have carefully considered the examinations of the several jurors challenged by the defendants peremptorily and while we cannot approve all that was said by the trial judge in respect to some of them, we find no such error in the rulings of the court in overruling the challenges for cause as to any of them as would justify a reversal of the cause. The examinations as they appear in the record, of the 43 talisman, who were challenged peremptorily after the eleventh juror was accepted show that many of the 43 challenges were exercised arbitrarily and without any apparent cause. Such challenges were not compelled by any demonstrated unfitness of the jurors, but seem to have been used up for no other purpose than to force the selection of one juror, after the 43 challenges were exhausted. The only question then, which we deem it material to consider, is: did the trial court err in overruling the challenge for cause of Sanford, the twelfth juror, or in other words was he a competent juror? The following is the material portion of his examination:
"Have you an opinion as to whether or not there was an offense committed at the Haymarket meeting by the throwing of the bomb"
Q. Now, from all that you have read and all that you have heard have you an opinion as to the guilt or innocence of any of the eight defendants of the throwing of that bomb?
Q You have an opinion upon that question also?
A. I have. --X--X--X.
Q Now if you should be selected as a juror in this case to try and determine it, do you believe that you could exercise legally the duties of a juror, that you could listen to the testimony and all of the testimony and the charge of the court and after deliberation return a verdict which, would be right and fair as between the defendants and the people of the state of Illinois?
A Yes Sir.
Q You believe that you could do that?
A. Yes sir.
Q. You could fairly and impartially listen to the testimony that is introduced here?
Q. And the charge of the court and render an impartial verdict you believe?
Q Have you any knowledge of the principles contended for by socialists, communists and an archaists?
A. nothing except what I read in the papers.
Q Just general reading?
Q. You are not a socialist, I presume, or a communist?
A. No Sir.
Q. Have you a prejudice against them from what you have read in the papers?
Q. Do you believe that that would influence your verdict in this case or would you try the real issue which is here as to whether these defendants were guilty of the murder of Mr. Degan or not, or would you try the question of socialism and anarchism, which really has nothing to do with the case?
A. Well as I know so little about it in reality at present it is a pretty hard question to answer.
Q You would undertake, you would attempt of course to try the case upon the evidence introduced here upon the issue which is presented here?
A. Yes Sir. --X--X--X
Q Well, then, so far as that is concerned I do not care very much what your opinion may be now, for your opinion now is made up of random conversations and from newspaper reading, as I understand?
Q. That is nothing reliable. You do not regard that as being in the nature of sworn testimony at all, do you?
Q--Now, when the testimony is introduced here and the witnesses are examined, you see them and look into their countenances, judge who are worthy of belief and who are not worthy of belief, don't you think then you would be able to determine the question?
Q. Regardless of any impression that you might have or any opinion?
Q--Have you any opposition to the organization by laboring men of associations or societies or unions so far as they have reference to their own advancement and protection and are not in violation of law?
A. No sir.
Q.-Do you know any of the members of the
force of the City of
A.- Not one by name.
Q.-You are not acquainted with any one, that was either injured or killed, I suppose, at the Haymarket meeting?
A. No. X X X
Q.-If you should be selected as a juror in this case, do you believe that regardless of all prejudice or opinion which you now have, you could listen to the legitimate testimony introduced in court, and upon that and that alone, render and return a fair and impartial, unprejudiced and unbiased verdict?
The foregoing examination was by the defense the following was by the state:
Q. Upon what is your opinion founded -- upon newspaper reports?
A. Well, it is founded on the general theory and whatIread in the newspapers.
Q. And what you read in the papers?
A. Yes sir
Q. Have you ever talked with any one that was present at the Haymarket at the time the bomb was thrown?
A. No sir.
Q. Have you ever talked with any one who professed of his own knowledge to know anything about the connection of the defendants with the throwing of that bomb?
Q. Have you ever said to anyone whether or not you believed the statements of facts in the newspapers to be true?
A. I have never expressed it exactly in that way, but still I have no reason to think they were false.
Q. Well, the question is not what your opinion of that was. The question simply is-- it is a question made necessary by our statute, perhaps?
A. Well, I don't recall whether I have or not.
Q. So far as you know then, you never have?
A. No sir.
Q. Do you believe, that, if taken as a juror, you can try this case fairly and impartially and render a verdict upon the law and the evidence?
It is objected, that
It is apparent from the foregoing explanation that the opinion of the juror was based upon rumor or newspaper statements, and that he had expressed no opinion as to the truth of such rumors or statements. He stated upon oath that he believed he could fairly and impartially render a verdict in the case in accordance with the law and the evidence. That the trial court was satisfied of the truth of his statement would appear from the fact that the challenge for cause was overruled.
Therefore, the examination of the juror shows a state of facts, which brings his case exactly within the scope and meaning of the third proviso of the fourteenth section of chapter 78, entitled "jurors" or our revised statutes. That proviso is as follows: "and provided further, that in the trial of any criminal cause, the fact that a person called as a juror has formed an opinion or impression based upon rumor or upon newspaper statements (about the truth of which he has expressed no opinion) shall not disqualify him to serve as a juror in such case, if he shall, upon oath, state that he believes he can fairly and impartially render a verdict therein in accordance with the law and the evidence, and the court shall be satisfied of the truth of such statement"
The expressions of
Counsel for the defense seen to claim in
argument, that the proviso above quoted is unconstitutional in that it
violates Section 9 of Article 2 of the present constitution
of this state, which guarantees to the accused party in every criminal
prosecution "a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the county
district in which the offence is alleged to have been committed." we do
not think that the proviso is unconstitutional for the reason stated.
which it lays down, when wisely applied, does not lead to the selection
partial jurors. On the contrary, it tends to secure intelligence in the
box and to exclude from it that dense ignorance which has often
jury system to just criticism. A statute upon this subject similar to
attacked as unconstitutional for the same reason here indicated, was
held to be
constitutional by the Court of Appeals in the state of
The juror Sanford further stated that he had a prejudice against socialists, communists and anarchists. This did not disqualify him from sitting as a juror. If the theories of the anarchists should be carried into practical effect, they would involve the destruction of all law and government. Law and government cannot be abolished without revolution, bloodshed and murder. The socialist or communist, if he attempted to put into practical operation his doctrine of community of property, would destroy individual rights in property. Practically considered, the idea of taking a man's property from him without his consent for the purpose of putting it into a common fund for the benefit of the community at large, involves the commission of theft and robbery, therefore, the prejudice which the ordinary citizen, who looks at things from a practical stand-point, would have against anarchism and communism, would be nothing more than a prejudice against crime.
In Winnesheik Insurace Company vs.
We cannot see that the trial court erred in overruling the challenge for cause of the twelfth juror. This being so, it does not appear that the defendants were injured or that their rights were in any way prejudiced by his selection as a juryman.
On the motion for a new trial the defendants read three affidavits for the purpose of showing that shortly after May 4th, 1886, two of the jurors had given utterance to expressions, showing prejudice against the defendants. The two jurors made counter affidavits denying that they used the expressions attributed to them.
We do not think that the affidavits satisfactorily proved previously expressed opinions on the part of the two jurors referred to. It is a dangerous practice to allow verdicts to be set aside upon ex parte affidavits as to what jurors are claimed to have said, before they were summoned to act as juryman the parties making such affidavits submit to no cross-examination and the correctness of their statement is subject to no test whatever. We adhere to the views which we have recently expressed upon this subject in the case of Hughes vs. The People 116 Ill's 320.
The defendants claim that although they were entitled to 160 peremptory challenges, yet the state was entitled to only twenty. And they charge it as error that the state was allowed to peremptorily challenge more than twenty salesmen. The statute says: the attorney prosecuting on behalf of the people shall be admitted to a peremptory challenge of the same number of jurors that the accused is entitled to, R. S. Chap 38 Sec. 432.) We cannot conceive how language can be plainer than that here used. It explains itself and requires no further remark.
The defendants also claim that the trial court erred in refusing a separate trial, from the other defendants to the defendants, Spies, Schwab, Feilden, Neebe and Parsons. Error cannot be assigned upon the refusal to grant separate trials, where several are jointly indicted. It was a matter of discretion with the court below. We so decided in Maton et al vs. The people 15 ill's 536. We are unable to see any abuse of the discretion in this case. Defendants also take exceptions to the conduct of the special bailiff. The regular panel having been exhausted and the defendants having objected "to the sheriff summoning a sufficient number of persons to fill the panel" of jurors, the court appointed a special bailiff named Ryce to summon such persons under section 13, Chap. 78 Rev Stat., on the motion for new trial, defendants read the affidavit of one Stevens, in which Stevens swore that he had heard one favor say, that he, favor had heard Ryce say, that he Ryce, was summoning as jurors such men as the defense would be compelled to challenge peremptorily &c. The defendants then made a motion, based upon this affidavit, that favor be compelled to come into court and testify to what Ryce had said to him. The refusal of the court to grant the application is complained of as error.
The statements in the affidavit were mere hearsay and were too indefinite and remote to base any motion upon. Moreover, if Ryce did make the remark in question to Favor, it does not appear that defendants were harmed by it. There is nothing to show that Ryse made any remarks of any kind, proper or improper, to the jurors whom he summoned.
In addition to this, it is not shown that the defendants served Favor with a subpoena so as to lay a foundation for compelling his attendance.
We think that the course pursued on the trial in regard to the manner of empannelling the jury, was correct and in accordance with the plain meaning of Sec. 21 Chap. 28 of Rev. Stat. That section says "that the jury shall be passed upon and accepted in panels of four by the parties, commencing with the plaintiff." The State is not called upon to tender the defendants a second panel before the defendants tender it back four.
We cannot see that the remarks of the
Attorney in his argument to the jury were marked by any such
require a reversal of the judgment. (
In their lengthy argument counsel for the defense make some other points of minor importance, which are not here noticed. As to these it is sufficient to say that we have considered them and do not regard them as well taken.
The judgment of the
Be it remembered that afterwards, to-wit: on the 20th day of September, A. D. 1887, the same being one of the regular days of said term of court, certain proceedings were had and orders made by said court and entered of record, among which is found the following, viz:
August Spies, et al. 59 A.D. vs. The
People of the
And now on this day come the said plaintiffs in error by William P. Black, their attorney, and move the Court for leave to withdraw the record of the proceedings of the Criminal Court of Cook County filed herein, for the period of thirty days for the purpose of submitting the same to associate counsel, and if so advised to submit the same to the Supreme Court of the United States, upon application for Writ of Error.
Which said motion is by the Court taken under advisement.
And now the Court having duly considered said motion and being fully advised of and concerning the premises, overrule the said motion. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the motion for leave to withdraw the record herein filed be and the same is overruled and denied.
I, Alfred H. Taylor, Clerk of the Supreme Court, in and for the Northern Grand Division of said State of Illinois, and keeper of the Records and Seal thereof, Do hereby certify that the foregoing record contained in Seventeen Volumes and marked respectively "l", "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", "H", "I", "J", "K", "L", "M", "N", "Exhibits", and "O", to be a full, true, perfect, and complete copy of the Record and Proceedings (except as to index to Volumes "I", "J", "K", "L", "M", and "N",) in a certain cause lately pending in said Court, wherein August Spies, Michael Schwab, Samuel Fielden, Albert R. Parsons, Adolph Fischer, George Engel, Louis Lingg, and Oscar W. Neebe, were plaintiffs in error, and The People of the State of Illinois were defendants in error, as the same appears from the records and files in my office remaining; together with the opinion of the Court filed in said cause on the 14th day of September, A. D. 1887.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto
set my hand
and affixed the Seal of the said Supreme Court, at
Alfred H. Taylor
Clerk of the Supreme Court.