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Q. Nobody gave you a sealed envelope I-A. No, sir.
Q. You did not see John J. Love that day at all, did you ?-A. Yes, sir; I saw bim.
Q. Had you any talk with him ?-A. No, sir.
Q. Was he at the polls that day?-A. I couldn't say whether be was or not.
Q. You do not know whether he voted ?-A. No, sir.
Q. Was be in the same will with you l-A. I worked around in the three villages.
Q. Where does he work?-A. In the South Village. He is a dyer. Q. Is he here to-day I-A. No, sir.
Q. Do you kuow who was on the ticket that you voted beside Butler? Who was on it for member of Congress -A. I don't recollect
Q. Can you not tell me for whom you voted for member of Congress? -A. No, sir.
Q. Can you tell me for whom you voted for lieutenant-governor ?--A. No, sir.
Q. Do you know for whom you voted for member of the legislature from tbat district ?-A. No, sir.
Q. You voted for Rice for Congress, didn't you ?-A. No, sir.
Q. For whom did you vote, then ?-A. I voted a straight Democratic ticket.
Q. Where did you get it?-A. I got it in the hall.
Q. But you cannot tell me for whom you voted for Congress ?-A. No, air.
Q. Did you bave any talk about whom you were going to vote for with your overseer -A. No, sir.
Q. Did you bare any talk about it up in the mills 1-A. No, sir.
Q. Did any of them talk in the mills about how they were going to vote! -A. No, sir.
Q. Nobody ?-A. No, sir.
Q. You heard nobody say in the mills they were goiug to vote for Butler I-A. No, sir.
Q. Was Mr. Lavaree about the election ?-A. No, sir; not at the time I voted.
Q. Was Mr. Moore ?--A. Yes, sir. Q. Where was he ?--A. At the baliot-box. Q. Was your ticket open or sealed when you voted !--A. Open. Q. He could see how you voted ?--A. Yes, sir. Q. Who went up with you when you went to vote !--A. There was a whole row of us.
Q. Had you all come from the mill together ?-A. No, sir; they were all from around town.
Q. Did any beside you vote the straight Butler ticket !--A. No, sir; they did not.
Q. Who voted ahead of you ?--A. I don't know. Q. Who behind you?--A. I don't know. Q. They were strangers to you, all of them ?--A. Yes, sir. Q. How did it happen that you got into that crowd of fellows of whom you did not know a single one?--A. I don't know.
Q. You had no talk that day with Mr. Fletcher !--A. No, sir.
Q. You are under oath. Tell me who talked to you last about this before you came to town ?--A. Before I came bere? Mr. Moore.
Q. Who is Mr. Moore ?--A. He is the superintendent of the woolen mill.
Q. What did he say to you? Give me all of the conversation --A. He told me that they wanted to see me down here; be told me that he would like to see me down bere.
Q. What else; wbat did he talk about ?--A. About this election.
Q. What else? I only want to know what he said.--A. He wanted to see if I was intimidated by any one to vote.
Q. What did you tell him ?--A. I told him I was not.
Q. What else did he say ?--A. He told me that he wanted me to come down and see that it was wrong.
Q. To see what ?--A. To see if I was right.
Q. Did he ask you how you voted ?--A. No, sir. And I told hiin I voted my principle.
Q. Did he ask you anything about whether you had talked with Love ?--A. No, sir.
Q. Did he ask you whether you bad talked with Waters on election day?-A. No, sir.
Q. Did he ask you whether you voted a sealed envelope ?--A. Yes, sir.
Q. Tell me what he said about that and what you said.--A. He wanted to know if it was a sealed envelope, and I told him it was not.
Q. Wbat further conversation was there on the subject ? Give me what happened. You can speak it out. You have never been intimidated ; surely you are not intimidated now.--A. No, sir; I was not then, either.
Q. You voted for Butler, and voted your principles !--A. Yes, sir.
Q. Just tell me all that happened. Was there any further conversation --A. No, sir.
Q. Did you see anybody else after you saw Mr. Moore about coming down here !--A. No, sir.
Q. You didn't talk to anybody else after it ?--A. No, sir.
Q. Did you talk to anybody on the way down here about it?-A. Not a bit.
Q. Is your father living up there now 1-A. Yes, sir.
By Mr. MCDONALD : Q. What other candidates for governor were there besides Butler, last year ?-A. I couldn't tell you.
Q. Was there any otber Democratic candidate beside bim ?-A, I didn't look very close at the tickets.
Q. You say that you voted the straight Democratic ticket, and voted for Butler. Was there any other Democratic candidate for governor ? (A pause.] Can you not remember !-A. No, sir.
Q. Who was the Republican candidate? Do you not know that ? A. No, sir.
Q. Wasn't Butler elected !-A. No, sir.
Q. All this testimony of yours is about the time when Rice was a candidate and was elected governor. Was that the time?
(After an interval of waiting for a response the question was repeated.) A. No, sir.
Q. It was at the time that Rice was elected. Is that the time you have reference to ?-A. Yes, sir.
By Mr. BLAIR: Q. You vote for principles, not men? When was it that this occurred when you went and voted for Butler; was it last year or some other year I-A. Last year.
Q. You voted for Butler and also for your principles !-A. Yes, sir. Q. You were not intimidated !-A. No, sir.
EDWARD FARREL, sworn and examined.
By Mr. BLAIR: Question. Where were you born ?-Answer. In Ireland. Q. How long bave you been in this country ?-A. I came here in 1869. Q. How long have you been a citizen ?—A. About four or five years. Q. Do you live in the town of Webster! -A. Yes, sir.
Q. How long have you lived there ?—A. I have lived there, off and op, going on eight or nine years.
Q. Do you work for this Slater Manufacturing Company ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. How long have you worked for them I-A. Principally all the time that I have been there.
Q. What is your employment ?-A. I work in the cambric works. Q. Who is your overseer !-A. Mr. Hilton.
Q. Do you know Mr. Lavaree. Mr. Moore, and Mr. Slater !-A. Yes, sir.
Q. What are your politics ? For whom did you vote last fall !-A. For Mr. Butler.
Q. What was he candidate for?-A. Governor, I believe.
Q. Were there any other candidates for governor last fall ?-A. Mr. Talbot, I believe.
Q. Was Mr. Abbott in the field, too!-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Of what party was Mr. Abbott the candidate?-[Not answered.] If the witness does not know, I waive the question. You voted for Butler. Did anybody scare you, kuock you down, shoot you, or in auy way do you injury --A. No, sir.
Q. You voted a number of years ?-A. For Tilden was the first time. Q. Did you vote as you wanted to then ?— Yes, sir.
Q. You are a Democrat?-A. I voted Democratic that time. The last year I voted Greenback.
Q. You voted for Butler ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did you consider that Butler was Greenback !-A. I couldn't say wbat his principles were.
Q. You voted for principle, whatever it was ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did you have any talk with any of these overseers, the men who managed this corporation, about politics I-A. I dit bave a little talk with Mr. Fletcher one day, when I went up to look about my tax bill.
Q. Tell all about it, how much he frightened you.-A. He didn't frighten me any.
Q. What was the talk ?-A. There was a little talk about politics ; we talked it over for a while, and he asked didn't I think Mr. Talbot was the best man. I said probably he was for him, not for me.
That was all the talk I bad.
Q. Didn't be threaten to turn you off if you voted for Butler ?-A. No, sir.
Q. Didn't he say that somebody would turn you off ?-A. No, sir; never anything of the sort.
Q. Did you hear anybody connected with the corporation say that to those men who were going to vote for Butler ?-A. No, sir; I did not.
Q. Did you hear anybody complaining that those managing men were trying to keep him froin voting for any one ?-A. No, sir.
Q. Did anybody connected with the corporation ever try to keep you from voting as you wanted to ?-A. No, sir; no one ever tried to keep me from it.
Q. A man testified here that you, an employé of the cotton mills, had voted for Talbot because you did not dare to vote for Butler, fearing that if you did you would lose your place in the mills !-A. No, sir.
Q. You coted for Butler for all that !-A. I did, and the overseer, I think, knew that I was voting for Butler all the time.
Q. What makes you think so ?-A. Because I often talked over it with him; we used to talk over it many times. Every man that worked for the corporation had the privilege of voting any way he liked.
Q. You voted as you pleased and the overseer as he pleased !-A. Just the same.
Q. You do not tbink that because you work for a man you have to vote as he pleases, and do as he pleases ?-A. I don't. Q. “ A man's a man for a' that ?"-A. Yes, sir.
By the CHAIRMAN : Q. How long have you lived in this country ?-A. That was the first place that I came to; I landed on the 17th of October, in Webster.
Q. Have you a family !-A. Yes, sir.
Q. A home of your own ?-A. I live in a tenement that belongs to the company
Q. Are you simply an ordinary hand ?-A. Just an ordinary hand on the premises in the work.
Q. Who is the immediate superintendent of your division ?-A. Mr. Hilton.
Q. Was Mr. Hilton at the election that day ? —A. Yes, sir.
Q. You have heard Mr. Hilton talk politics about the establishment, have you not ?-A. The same as we would any day we would meet.
Q. You understood that they were for Talbot ?--A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did you belong to the Butler club?—A. I went down, but didn't join them, nor anything; I have been in there.
Q. Did you talk publicly that you were for Butler? Hilton and they all knew it in the mills ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. You say you were a Democrat always ?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. You voted for Tilden; that was the first ticket you voted I-A. That was the first ticket I voted.
Q. Did you vote, in 1877, for governor ?—A. No; I had been out of the State a few months, and had come back at the time of that election and didn't get to vote at that time.
Q. Did you erer hear any of them about the mills say that it was for the interest of the company that Butler should not be elected !-A. No
it was only that we would be talking all the time that “ your man would be better than mine, probably," and we would discuss the matter.
Q. You never heard it said tbat it would be to the interest of the company that Butler should be defeated ?--A. No, sir.
Q. You had a talk with Mr. Fletcher when you went to pay your tax ? -A. Yes, sir.
Q. He tried to persuade you that Butler ought to be defeated !-A. Oh, yes; just as he often did.
Q. Who started that talk ?-A. When I went to pay my tax bill I went first to the town clerk, and it was not paid there, so I went up to Mr. Fletcher (he always stopped the taxes up there, I believe; I didn't want to be baffled or anything), and he said to me," I suppose you are going to vote for Butler?” I said, “ Yes, sir.” He asked, “Don't you think the other man is a better man ?" I said, “ Probably he may be for you-pot for me; every man's kind is a king to him."
Q. You were outspoken?-A. Yes, sir.
Q. Nobody can bulldoze you; you are a pretty independent sort of a fellow ?-A. O, no; nobody can be very independent wbo has to work for a living.
Q. Is that true down about the Slater mill, that nobody can be very independent who has to work for a living ?-A. I don't know; they hadn't money enough, probably, the like of them, to be, as it were, in. dependent.
Q. Do you think that everybody about the mill could vote as he wanted to ?-A. I guess.
Q. Are you sure about that ? - A. You know, of course, I couldn't tes. tify to any other man's opinions.
Q. But I am asking you what you think ?— A. Well, I presume so.
Q. The question is whether everybody who wanted to vote for Butler naturally could vote for Butler ?-A. They had the privilege to do so.
Q. You think that every one had the privilege to vote for Butler who wanted to vote for him ?-A. I think so.
Q. Do you know any men who were Democrats tbere who did not vote at all ?-A. I don't know anything about who did rote and who didn't.
By Mr. McDONALD : Q. Do you know how many votes Butler got out of the mill in which you were at work ?-A. I couldn't tell you.
Q. Do you know that any man besides yourself in the mill voted for Butler I-A. I know one other man who worked in the mill who did. We walked up and voted together.
Q. How many votes were there out of that mill where you worked ?A. Probably tifteen or sixteen, along that way.
Q. In the one establishment where you were ?-8. Yes, sir.
Q. State the politics of Mr. Hilton, your superintendent.-A. I presume be was a Republican.
Q. Was it not well known in the mills there that the superintendents and overseers, except Bartlett, were all Republicans ?-A The greater part of them are, I believe; I don't know what they are, I'm sure.
Q. Bartlett was opposed to Butler last fall, was be not?-A. I don't know.
Q. Was it not well understood in the mills there that the superintend. ent and the salaried employés, those who were in charge of bands, were all active Republicans and anxious for the electiou of Talbot and the defeat of Butler !-A. I bad no dealings with them and none of them interfered with or bothered with me, so that I could not say.