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Black Battalion: Speech of Hon. Joseph B. Foraker of Ohio in the Senate of the United States, 1908

work.  Am now trying to get board in the neighborhood, where I can
see him often.
   May 23.--I was not able to see Franklin yesterday or the day before.
Saw him to-day.   Had quite a lot of talk wiht him and got very
chummy.  He told me that he was corporal at Brownsville at the time
of the trouble, but that he was not on duty when the shooting began;
that he was asleep at the guardhouse; said he knew nothing about
most of it, but he thought some of the soldiers fired back from the
  May 25.--I had another talk with Franklin to-day and am thoroughly
satisfied that he does not know who did the shooting, although he said
enough to me to convince me that in his own  mind he believed it was
done by some of the soldiers.  Franklin said he had been warned not
to talk by his lawyers and also by his Senator, but would not say who
the Senator was.
       Respectfully,                                     C. J. TALLEY.
                                          JOLIET, ILL., June 12, 1908.
W. G. BALDWIN, Roanoke, Va.:
  Arrived here day before yesterday and have located Joseph L. Wilson,
one of the negro soldiers who was at Brownsville.  This negro boards
at 129 South Bluff street and works in a barber shop.  He is a kind of
dude negro and will be pretty hard to get in with.
  June 15.--Have been out two or three times with Wilson, but he is
not much of a talker and very smart.  I think you had better come here
and see if you can help me out.
       Respectfully,                                           G. JONES.
            STATEMENT OF W. G. BALDWIN, JUNE 19, 1908.
  Have just returned from Joilet and Chicago, where I met Joseph L.
Wilson, who is one of the smartest and brightest negroes I have seen
for some time.   I told him that I had been employed by a syndicate
of magazines of New York to get the facts of the Brownsville case, as
they wanted to write a series of magazine articles.  I gave him to under-
stand that we simply wanted to get the facts as to where the shooting
occurred and what company did the shooting and that we cared very
little about the individuals who did same.
  Wilson told me that he believed that the shooting was done by some
of the soldiers, but that he could not tell to save his life who they were.
Said that he believed George Gray and William Haskins would likely
know more about the case than most anyone else. I then employed
Wilson and sent him to Charleston, W.  Va., to get in with Gray.  I
returned to Roanoke and sent one of our best men to Charleston to also
get in with Gray and watch Wilson to see if Wilson was loyal.
                                                    W. G. BALDWIN.
                                     PORTSMOUTH, VA., June 21, 1908.
W. G. BALDWIN, Roanoke, Va.:
  Have just returned from Atlanta, Ga., where  I saw our negro.  He
states that Conyers told him that sometime ago he received a telegram
to go to Washington, where he was present at an investigation, and that
he did not tell them anything. He stated that he was in the crowd that
did the shooting; that the corporal of the guard on duty that night was
fully aware as to the situation, and knew every man who went out of
the barracks.
       Respectfully,                                    A. H. BALDWIN.
                                          ATLANTA, GA., July 3, 1908.
W. G. BALDWIN, Roanoke, Va.:
  I met our man here to-day and he tells me that Conyers made the fol-
lowing statement to him:
  That he was a member of Company B and on night of shooting was
on duty as outer guard.  He states that Conyers told him that Hollo-
man, a negro named Brown, and another negro whose name he could not
remember did the shooting.  Stated that  he hid in the guardhouse
after the shooting; just before roll call Sergeant Reid gave him some
cartridges to replace those used, so that he would not be caught if an
inspection was ordered.   Conyers stated that Holloman lived in Macon
and Brown lived in Atlanta. I believe this information is correct, as I
never told our negro anything about the shooting, the name of the com-
pany, or the people who were suspected. Our man claims that a negro
named Parker, who lived in Charleston, S.C., was present when Con-
yers made above statement.
                                                     A. H. BALDWIN.


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