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

put on guard duty, and while on guard duty, he was not on
post at the time, the firing occurred, but he was asleep in the
guardhouse and was awakened.     That is testified to by as re-
spectable witnesses as can be found in the whole record, abso-
lutely truthful men: and, let it be remembered, the character
of these men is testified to as to truth and veracity, and in all
other respects by all the officers of the battalion--
to shoot up the town that night.  I told Mr. Baldin that couldn't be
true, because I was on guard and wasn't allowed to speak to anybody,
let alone being in Allison's saloon that day.  That morning we were on
practice march and I had to go on guard as soon as we returned--
  They marched out in the country 6 miles and back again-
  He said that part is allright, too, but don't you know that men of
B Company did that shooting that night.  No, sir; I do not know and
furthermore I don't believe the soldiers did it; he said oh! there aint no
story about that; we know they did it and know the most of them
that did it; I said I am glad you all have been able to find the guilty
party; he said now what about the negro Lawson-
  That is the detective who makes his mark to a long state-
ment which would do credit to an ex-newspaper man--
I sent down here; what did you tell him?"     I said, "Sir, I didn't
even have any private talk with Lawson at all."  And he said, " Why,
Lawson said you did, and taken a drink with him."  And I said, "I can
prove I didn't talk with him while he was here, and, furthermore, Mr.
Baldin, if you take his word, he will have to prove by good authorities
that he did talk with me, for I am just as reliable as Lawson, and if
you trace our character I am more reliable than he is." Then he said,
 "I learn before I came here you are a straight and reliable man, and
also since I came to Monroe."  Then Mr. Baldin volunteered and told
me he did not know anything about this Lawson; said his brother sent
him to him, and he just taken him and sent him out, and said he
had caught him in several lies since he has been out. By the way, just
a few days before he came here he sent one of the boys here whom I
soldiered with--he is one of C Company; his name is George Gray,
private; was discharged when I was; he arrived here on the 11.30
train a. m. I forget the date now, but can get it if we need it. George
asked for me when he came, and a little boy showed him where I live.
He came to my home, and I prepared dinner for him and treated him
nice, and also taken near a half day off from work to carry him around
and introduce him to my friends and people and good white friends.
  I guess he saw that I was doing so well he wouldn't have anything
to say about the Brownsville affair, which he didn't say anything about
it.  Mr. Baldin talked on a while, and asked me if I had seen any of
the discharged soldiers since I returned from Washington.  I said I
have only seen one, and that was George Gray, and he said he was here
looking for his counsin who was here nursing for some white people.
Then Mr. Baldin, said Boyd, I sent George here after Lawson came
back and made his reports to see if you did tell him anything, and
George said you didn't have anything to say about the Brownsville
affair; he didn't mention it to you.
  Mr. FORAKER, there was another detective here on the 6th of this
month, I will write you another letter soon and tell you about him;
his name is Mr. S. J. Brown--
   I suppose we ought to read it H. J. Brown, in view of the
  He registered from Atlanta, Ga.
  I hope this letter will be some help to you in the case.
  I will close for to-night.  Hope to receive an early reply from you.
       Respectfully, yours,                            BOYD CONYERS.
  That was on the 12th.  I answered that as follows--be it re-
membered, the witness says that my letters caused this man to
be more difficult to get confessions from; I take great pleasure
in submitting my letters:
                                CINCINNATI, OHIO, Ootober 12, 1908.
Mr. BOYD CONYERS, Monroe, Ga.
  DEAR SIR: I have your letter of October 8, and have read with much
interest and appreciation the account of your interviews with the differ-


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