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

told me to have a case made against both of them for perjury, and I
just told the white people I would just wait a few days on it before I
went too far with it.  Now, I would like to have your advice about
what to do about the matter.  I thought it best to ask you.  I didn't
want to go too far before I notified you, and I learned to-day through
some of the people the detective talked with the negro was named Will
Lawson. This detective shows his affidavit to Mr. E. C. Arnold, Joe
Blasingame, and Lou Henon, the boy that works for Joe Blasingame
in a pressing department, and he is also Lonza Henon's brother, from
Winder, Ga.
  I goes to him in a sly way and asked him did he see the detective;
he said "Yes;" and saw the affidavit that his brother signed, but said
he didn't believe his brother said it.  I asked him in the presence of
a reliable colored boy by the name of Joe Smith; he said the man also
asked him did he see me on the excursion, and he said "No; he wasn't
on it; he was in Elberton, Ga."
  The boy then asked me what was the trouble.  I told him not any-
thing.  I just wanted to get a little business straight.  He came to me
to-day and wanted to know if there was any way through me that I
could help his brother out of it, if there was any trouble for him.  I
told him I didn't know that there was anything I could do for him,
but he had better have his brother come down here and see me at
once.  He said he would have him here as soon as he could get him.
Now, Mr. FORAKER, when he comes I am going to have him sign another
affidavit in the presence of the reliable white men; then I think I will
have him trapped all right.  Now, I want to ask you, if I get him
trapped, won't I have the negro Lawson, too; but I will work slow
until I hear from you and get your advice.  I won't write all that I
have to write to-night.  The man that was here Saturday night, he is
another; Mr. Baldin, Mr. G. W. Baldin's brother.   I haven't his ad-
  I will close for to-night, hoping to receive an early reply.  I would
like to ask you when does Congress go in session for this season; and
do you think any of the soldiers will have to be in Washington on this
case.  Why I asked you this, Mr. Baldin wanted to know how much
expense money I got, and how much they paid me a day, and who sent
for me; and I told him D. M. Ransdell, Sergeant-at-Arms United States
      Very truly, yours,                               BOYD CONYERS.
  That letter reached Cincinnati after I had started to Wash-
ington, and on December 2 my clerk answered it as follows:
                                              DECEMBER 2, 1908.
            Macon, Ga.
  DEAR SIR: I write, under general instructions, to acknowledge the
receipt of your letter of the 30th of November, and to say that Senator
Foraker has started for Washington to attend the opening of the ses-
sion of Congress next Monday, December 7. He expects to return to
Ohio within a week or ten days, when your letter will be brought to
his attention. I do not feel able to advise you about the matter therein
referred to, but I know the Senator will be glad to have you keep him
fully informed.
  Regretting I can not write you more definitely, I remain,
      Very truly, yours, etc.
  I never made any answer to him. That is the whole corre-
spondence that has passed between him and me.   I submit, Mr.
President, that there is nothing in the letter I read that any-
body has any right to take any exception to. I submit that this
testimony of this poor--I will not say ignorant man, for he is
not that--but this ill-informed man, this helpless man, this de-
fenseless man ought to go into this record, and ought to receive
that same fair consideration that is to be attached to the state-
ments made by those who were in the employment of the War
Department, representing the Government in this species of
espionage about which he informs us.
  I am not going to argue the merit of his statements as set
over against the merit of the statements on the other side, but


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