ADDRESS OF ALBERT R. PARSONS.
the bankers, millionaires, etc., everything wa8 against these poor men. We
had no money, influence, or friends. It was not difficult to bring that about
at all, and if they did not have a case they could make one easily. That was
an easy matter for them to do—a very, very easy thing for them to do. Now,
Mr. Grinnell must have known that Gilmer's testimony was false. I don't
know whether he did or not. But it seems to me he ought to have known it,
because it was clearly demonstrated by the witness Burnett, who stood upon
the stand, and whose testimony is unimpeached, that he called upon and had
talks with Attorney Grinnell as early as May 6, and had a number of interviews with him for the express purpose of having him identify Schnaubelt's
picture and fasten the deed upon Schnaubelt. Burnett refused to do that. He
said: "No, no; that ain't the man. Besides, it was not that way. He was
further down. It was not up at the alley." Now, Burnett's testimony contradicted every statement of Gilmer, and Burnett is unimpeached and Gilmer is
impeached. If the district attorney knew of this fact, if he knew the fact that
Burnett was an honest man, and called at his office and refused to identify
Schnaubelt, your honor, did not the district attorney lend himself to a very
bloody piece of work? I do not see how he is going to get clear of that. It
may be he will, but it seemB to me that if this verdict is to be carried out then
our blood will be on his head for subornation of perjury. I may be mistaken,
your honor; I do not impugn any man's motives. I don't know, but it seems
to me it is the only construction which could be put upon this testimony.
Two witnesses, since thiB verdict was made, came forward voluntarily and
made an affidavit that they had been in Gilmer's company the night of May
4, at another place, and that Gilmer was not at the Haymarket. Then Mr.
Bonfield, the chief of detectives, who is Mr. Grinnell's right hand man—he
takes these two men in his charge, and by bribery or intimidation, or by sonic
other means, I don't know what, he induces them to retract their sworn statement. Wasn't that a scaly transaction, worthy of the villainy and corruption
of the detective department?
Your honor, I have got what would take me an hour and a half, possibly
two hours, at least, to say. I am used to an active, outdoor life, and until my
incarceration here I have never been deprived of personal activity, and the
close confinement in a gloomy cell—I only have about two hours and a half
exercise each day, practically about two hours of the twenty-four—and of
course it has deteriorated my physical system somewhat; and then, the long
mental strain of this trial in addition to it. I thought if your honor could
possibly give me a little rest for lunch, if we could adjourn until 2 o'clock—it
is now 1 o'clock—I don't think I could get through under two hours till, if
your honor insists, I am ready to proceed.
The Court—I do not think I am under any obligation to have repeated
adjournments of the court for the purpose of listening to the reading of newspapers or disquisitions upon political economy, the question only being in this
case, whether the defendants killed Mathias Degan. That is the only
question in the case.
Mr. Parsons—Yes, sir; of course.
The Court—Not whether they did it with their own hands, but whether
they set causes at work which did end in his death.