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Q. Do you recollect at what time the employés of the Douglass Axe Factory voted there?-A. All through the day, but their voting is principally in the afternoon.
Q. Do you recollect at what time they came in to vote that day?-A. Not absolutely as to what part of the day they came in.
Q. Did you take any notice that day of the time at which the Douglass men came iu ?-A. I did not.
Q. Then you do not know what time it was ?-A. They came scattered through the day the same as other voters.
Q. Did you see Mr. Moore that day?-A. I did.
Q. What was he doing ?-A. Acting as one of the challenging committee.
Q. They are the two leading men in the establishment, are they not?A. Mr. Moore is agent of the works and Mr. Butler is one of the inspectors ?
Q. Is he not one of the leading men ?-A. He is one of the leading meu iu town; considered so.
By the CHAIRMAN:
Q. Since when ?-A. I have been a Republican for the last three years; am a Republican in one sense to-day –a Prohibitory Republican, and hare been such for the last three years.
Q. You bare never been a Democrat ?-A. No, sir; nerer.
Q. You would not be likely to be complained to by these Democrats if they bad been iutimidated ?-A. I should thiuk that I would have heard of it.
Q Would you be likely to bear of it if men there of opposite politics voted under constraint ?-A. I should tbiuk I would.
Q. If it bad been their business to keep their mouths shut, and say nothing about it 1-A. I dou't know that it was their business to keep their mouths sbut.
Q. But if these men were Democrats, and were actually intimidated, is it likely that they would have gone and talked about it to anybody ? A. I should think I would have heard of it.
Q. They would have come to talk to you about it ?--A. No; I don't know that they should.
Q. How would you hear of it ?-A. In the same way that we bear other things. I should think it would bave got out.
Q. Do you think that these men, having families dependent upon them, feeling that their bread and their shelter were in jeopardy, would go to the election and tell that they were intimidated, if they had been intimidated ?-A. I shouldn't tbink it would be a supposable case, be. cause we bad no such intimidation there.
Q. But how do you think it would have got out ?-A. Any intimidation that occurred there that would bave been spoken of, I think I should have beard of.
Q. That is not the question at all. I want to know whether, in your judgment, a man situated as an employé of those works was, who had been intimidated, would, after he had voted, go and tell of it!-A. I tbiuk it would depend on the extent to which he had been intimidated. If he was afraid of bis life, I think he would tell of it. Q. Do you think that if he was afraid of being turned out of emplos. ment he would still go and tell of it? Do you think that that is reasonable or natural ?-A. It would depend upon how much he had recanted after voting.
By Mr. McDONALD: Q. You do not know many of these employés, do you ?-A. Certainly, I do.
Q. Do you know, personally, that there are any Democrats among them 1-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did you bave any talk with them since the election ?-A. Not po. litically.
Q. Not on political subjects -A. No, sir.
Q. They do vot make you a confidant of their political secrets ?—A. I don't think they do.
Q. They would not be likely to ?-A. I don't think they would.
AMOS BARTLETT sworn and examined.
By Mr. BLAIR :
Q. What is your business I-A. I am general superintendent of the Slater Woolen Company's works.
Q. For how long bave you occupied that position ?-A. About five years.
Q. Have you been in the military service of the country!-A. I have.
Q. What was your rauk ?-A. I was a captain of the Fifteenth Massachusetts Infantry.
Q. In political sentiment, what are you?-A. A Democrat.
Q. State how much of the time you were there during the day, your opportunities for observation, and then you may state as to its being apparently a fair, free, and full election or otherwise.—A. My recol. lection is that I was in the polling-place about twenty minutes ; that I went in, deposited my vote in order, went around to the other part of the ball, and passed out.
Q. What as to your observation as to the manner in which the election was conducted ?-A. I saw nothing that differed from any ordinary el action of the town.
Q. Did you see any coercion or intimidation of voters or hear of any ? -A. No.
Q. You saw the agents of both parties, I suppose, in the canvass ? A. They were very active at the door distributing ballots as voters were brought in.
Q. Was there any interference with voters as they walked up to the polls and deposited their ballots ?-A. Not that I saw.
Q. Did you see any of the employés of your mills there at the timeA. I do not have any in my mind now, though I must have seen them, for tbere are a great many there.
Q. But you noticed potbing unusual?-A. No, sir.
Q. There are bow many operatives in these works that you superintend ?-About five hundred and fifty.
Q. What are their political sentiments I–A. I should say that the majority of them were Democrats.
Q. Hare you ever known of any interference with them, on the part of the company or others, in the way of intimidation, to prevent a free exercise of the suffrage?-A. No, sir.
Q. How is it as to the manner in which they are got from the mills which you superintend to the voting place ?--A. Our mill is about, I should say, a quarter of a mile from the polling place, and the voters begin about vine o'clock in the morning to go out to vote and come back. Then there are teams that drive up to the office from tbe voting place rallying men from the different parties. I believe the practice is to hand in names of individuals that they want and we send down into the mill for them and have them come out.
Q. Irrespective of party!-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Do you know auything further to state in regard to this matter of teams and carrying voters; all parties have an equal chance and all practice it ?-A. That is my impression.
Q. Did you bave any conversation with Democrats on election day in regard to their votes -A. No.
Q. Did any speak to you, ask your advice or get your opinion in re. gard to which way they had better vote, whether for Butler or Abbott or the Republican ticket ?-A. I believe one of our overseers, a German, asked me whether he had better vote for Abbott or Butler. He had an idea that it was going to affect his deposit in the savings-bank. I told him to vote as he pleased.
Q. And he did, as far as you know?-A. As far as I know, he did. Q. For whom did you vote -A. I voted for Abbott.
Q. You know nothing about any sealed envelopes being distributed in your mill, or being used at the polls ?-A. I never saw one.
Q. Were there any political meetings last year at your place !-A. Yes; I think there were more than the usual number.
Q. Did General Butler speak there?-A. General Butler spoke there one afternoon about ten days before the election.
Q. What as to the operatives attending ?-A. Very generally they went out.
Q. Was any effort made to prevent their attending his meeting?-A. Not the slightest in my department.
Q. Or auywhere, so far as you know?-A. No.
Q. Did you ever bave any reason to believe that operatives were not permitted to attend political meetings just as freely as any other class of citizens ?-8. No.
Q. Had you ever any reason to think there was any intimidation of the votes of working men in Massachusetts? I mean outside of your own, anywbere.-A. No, sir.
Q. There has been some testimony about Mr. Slater, an owner of the mills. He is in Europe now, is he?-A. He is.
Q. What are the political sentiments of the elderly Mr. Slater?-A. I should say he would style himself a conservative Republican. He told me it was his intention to vote for Tilden, however; but he did not get to the polls in season ; they closed some ten or fifteen minutes before he reached there.
Q. He is one of those conservative Republicans who try to vote the Deinocratic ticket l-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Do you know anything in regard to the case of one Tbomas Sherlock as to whom it was testified bere that the overseer of the cottonmill took bis vote away from him ?-A. We have a man on our roll named Thomas Sherlock. I don't know whetber he is the one referred to or not.
Q. Do you know anything about any one interfering with his ballot? -A. No.
Q. Does he work for you in your mill 1-4. There is a Thomas SherJock in our employ. I don't know whether he is the one referred to in the morning paper.
Q. Did you ever hear complaint of any interference with his vote by anybody ?-A. No.
Q. You know nothing about it!-A. No.
Q. You know nothing about the case of a Hugb Duffy who complains that he could not work there ?-A. No, sir.
Q. Do you know a man named Edward Farrell ?-A. I know Farrell. I do not kuow how he voted or proposed to vote, or wbat his politics were.
Q. Where is be?-A. He is in the cambric works, as we call them.
Q. In the employ of the same company?-A. The company is substantially the same, though not the same corporation.
Q. Is this Sherlock still at work for you?-A. I saw bim at his loom last Saturday.
By the CHAIRMAN: Q. At what time oť the day did you vote?-A. I should say it was between two and four o'clock in the afternoon. Q. Who was in charge of the ballot-box when you voted ?-A. Shum
I believe. Q. You did not vote, then, when Mr. Moore had cbarge of the ballotbox?-A. Moore may have been sitting on the platform at the time.
Q. The testimony is that from twelve to two Mr. Moore bad charge of the ballot box.-A. I don't know whether he was there or not. My impression is tbat Shumway was there.
Q. Did you see any of the teams come up from the works, wben you were there?-A. No, sir.
Q. Do you kuow whether they bad not all voted before you got there -A. No.
Q. Wbat were the politics of Moore -A. Repubiican.
Q. What is his business ?-A. He is accountant at the cotton weaving mill.
Q. Do you know bis politics ?-A. He is a Republican, I believe.
Q. Do you know Mr. Hilton ?-A. He is superintendent of the bleaching and dyeing establishment.
Q. State his politics.-A. He is a Republican, I believe.
Q. How many of those gentlemen were at the polls when you voted, that you saw !-A. I couldn't swear that one of them was there; still there may have been.
Q. Do you know, of your own knowledge, of a single one of your employés being there to vote when you were there ?--A. No; I cannot recall a single face.
Q. You do not recollect a single mau ?-A. No.
Q. If that is the case, then it is quite probable that your employés were voted between twelve aud two, as was testified here by the wit. . nesses 1-A. Very likely.
Q. They bring the voters from the works in wagons, and take them back again ?-A. Yes.
Q. The company's own wagons ?-A. No; some of the teams may have been theirs, but generally, I think, they were hacks and 'buses from the livery stables.
Q. Did you see your own voters go there that day in your own teams ?-A. I saw hacks and teams come to the works for voters. I wont say that I saw any landed at the polling place in those teams. My recollection is that I drove down with Mr. Slater in his carriage; that we went in and voted and went quickly out.
Q. The testimony is that the men were taken there in those teams, between twelve and two. Did you see that!-A. No.
Q. Do you know that Mr. Lavaree distributed any tickets ?-A. I do not.
Q. Do you know whether any tickets were distributed before the electiou !-A. I do not.
Q. Do you know wbether ballots were given to any of your men as they came there ?-A. My recollection is that men who went dowu early in the morning to vote brought back ballots of the different kinds when they came back.
Q. Have you charge of the three mills ?-A. No, sir; I am limited to the woolen-mill unless on some special duty.
Q. You do not know whether those gentlemen were very actively in charge of the election ?-A. No.
Q. You were not ?-A. I was not.
Q. And you were the only Democrat among them ?-A. So it ap. pears.
By Mr. McDONALD: Q. There are how many salaried officers connected with the establishments, known as the Slater establishments, including the store. keeper !-A. By salaried officers you meau where a stipulated amount is paid annually, not wages? I should say there were six or eight.
Q. You were superintendent of the woolen department? About how many of those wbo were employed in that department were voters at the last fall election ?-A. I really cannot tell you how many voters there are. The males and females must be, I think, about of equal number, but we employ all classes, from the oldest iubabitant down to the youngest, men, women, and children.
Q. In the woolen factory alone, how many persons of all classes were employed last fall I-A. About five hundred and fifty.
Q. How many in all the otber factories ?-A. In the cotton and cambric works, I think, between seven and eight hundred.
Q. Do any of these salaried officers have any charge of the woolen factory along with you, or under you, or any connection with it?-A. Mr. Moore, who was an assistant to me, was at that time on the board of selectmen.
Q. He was connected with the woolen factory also as an assistant to you, and was one of the selectmen of the town l-A. Yes, sir.
Q. And acted at the polls that day, or a part of the day ?-A. Yes, sir; be was down there somewhere all day; he was not at the mills at all.
Q. You were at the polls twenty minutes, and he was there all day ?A. I don't think I was there longer than that.