Mutiny - 1905-11-07 - The Semi-Weekly Messenger p8

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Mutiny - 1905-11-07 - The Semi-Weekly Messenger p8 - OF THE BER Important Testimony of Henry Scott,...
OF THE BER Important Testimony of Henry Scott, One of Grew CONTINUE CASE HOW Adams and Sawyer Will Go on Stand in Their Own Behalf 1 Scott Was Perfectly Composed on the ... Witness Stand and Tohl a Most Plaiisable Story The Condition of , . the Food he Sr.ld Caused the Trouble Trouble Anions the Crew Several Other Witnesses Were Examined True Bill for Murder Returned Against Scott r.nd lie Was Arralsned Yesterday Yesterday Afternoon Judge Purnell Appointed Appointed Mr. William J. Bellamy to Defend Him. The- The- famous mutiny trial begun yesterday morning in the United .States court and the largest number number of people evir in the federal cotirt room in this citv were present. On .the streets the mutiny trial is the chief topic of conversation and nearly every one has formed some opinion in regard to the case. ' I Four witnesses were examined yesterday, yesterday, Captain f. F. Hewett, Captain Taylor, Henry Scott, the mutineer, and Theodore Simon Is. The state restad at 4:45 o'clock and District Attorney Harry Skinner gave notice that j he would reserve tho right to put on o'.her witnesses later Selection of Jury. The securing of the mirv consumed about two hour, it being! 12:08 wiien the last member of the jury took his seat in the box. Out of the 24 regular jurors nine members of the jury were chosen and twenty-seven twenty-seven twenty-seven of the special venire were exhausted before securing the other three The jury as chosen is composed of he following men: Monroe, F. M. Moore, Billy Watkins, G. F. Allen; H. G. Hewett,! W. A. Wilkes, I. J. Burney, J. D. McKelth-an, McKelth-an, McKelth-an, W. V. Larkins, M. M. CaddellJ R. I. Durham, H. W. Hood. .-.. .-.. .-.. - t)f "The fifty ammoned on the special special venire, thirty-six thirty-six thirty-six responded " to .their names when, court convened. This 'did remarkably well for the jury: to -have -have been drawn the middle of the week and shows the diligence of Col- Col- onel Henry C. Dockery, the United ; States marshal, in summoning the men. The, number responding is fully! as large as it often secured in the state courts when there is only one county to summon the men from and in this instance there were elevent counties. Some trouble was experienced in getting getting a stenographer who could take the testimony. The court learned that Mr. G. C. Scherer, who hold's a position in the Uunited State's engineer's office, formerly did court reporting so he sent for him. Mr. Scherer found but little trouble in taking down the testimony. He was formerly a court stenographer in South Carolina. j After the jury had been chosen, District District Attorney Skinner called his witnesses witnesses and there -were -were fifteen, not counting Scott. There are twelve wit nesses who have not been examined, j out will be placed on tne stana later. The witnesses not examined are those-who those-who those-who went aboard the vessel when it j who accompanied the mate of the King when he went 10 the assistance of the Berwind. Captain I. IP. Hewett Testifies. Captain Isaac F. Hewett said he was from Vineland, New Jersey, and waa a seafaring man. He stated that he was managing owner of the Berwind owning owning an eighth interest. The Berwind, the witness said, he had built at Mill Bridge, Maine; that all the owners were Americans, and the vessel registered registered as an American vessel. His testimony testimony showed thai the Berwind sailed from Philadelphia on July 6th with a cargo of 975 tons of coal for Cardenas, Cuba, and thence to Mobile, Alabama, for a cargo of lumber. She was to go from Mobile to Philadelphia. He named named the white-members white-members white-members of the crew but said he did not know the negroes. V Captain J. W. Taylor Testifies Can tain Taylor, who was master of -the -the schooner Blanche H. King, which vessel went to the assistance of the Berwind, was the next witness to tea tifv. His testimony was as follows: I Mv name is John William Taylor and my place of residence is Provi-1 Provi-1 Provi-1 dence, Rhode Island. I am a seafaring man and at the present time am master -of -of the schooner Blanche H. King, j ... "EaVly in October the King wa3 bound from Brunswick, G a., to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, with a cargo of crosstles. About nine o'clock on the night of October October 10th a vessel was reported ahead ;and as we got nearer I saw the vessel was acting in a peculiar manner. The vessel was directly in our track. At 9:30 I saw a red light and I noticed that the vessel was not in the customary customary course. I hailed the vessel and asked what was the trouble and one of the men answered that one of the men on board had killed five men and named them. He said they wanted to "be taken off. When asked the name of the vessel he said the Harry A. Bar-wind. Bar-wind. Bar-wind. I had the large boat cleared ttway f.nd sent the mate and several sailors "to the men's assistance. The 10 PIACED Hi 1UT JEERS TIL FOR THEIR LIS three negroes were taken from the Berwind and brought on .board tne King end put in irons. I placed them in the lazarette. At this time we were s. w. 32 miles from Cape Fear bar, "I did not go aboard the BerwLid until October lith; after the vessei had been brought into Southport, After After the mutineers j had been taken .aboard the Kirs; I sent the mate and two men aboard the Berwind and told them to follow the King. TheKing came Into Soulhport harbor on AVeu-nesday, AVeu-nesday, AVeu-nesday, October 12th, but the Berwind did. not come ino port until the following, following, day. i The negroes were delivered to the federal authorities at Southport on the 12th. j "I went into the engine room and galley of the Berwind but found no blood. I also wet into the cabin where things were badly torn up and papers destroyed. Papers were - scattered around on the floor. The official log and, two account books were lying on the floor in the cabin near the captain's desk. I wenf: into the negroes' quarters and in Scotfc's bunk found a black jack (the 3ame was exhibited in court and was a small leather club loaded lead). (An ivory handled pistol va3 here exhibited.) That is the pistol tfiv-en tfiv-en tfiv-en me by one of ihe negroes and at the time had two blank cartridges. (A large pistol was then exhibited.)! That was also given mc. I j j "I Kenw John 1. j Hall the mate on the Berwind and about six months ao he male a trip with me. I paid him off on June 27th. ,1 "The Berwind had two yawl boars, a larga one, to be used in case of having having to desert the vessel, and a mal one for handy ise j It is impossible for one man to launch the large boa1:. When 1 went on the j Berwind the Of I no yawl boat was lowered and in the bont was a water keg and oars. It is customary customary to carry a water keg in :be yawl boat. When I examined the dec of the Berwind 1 found blood about amidships and on the port side and on the cabin was one negro dead and he .had bled freely." U . . i Thi3 concluded Captain Tayjtor's testimony. testimony. He was not examined by Mr George li.Peschau, Adams and feawyer s attorney. ,j ' Star Witness Testifies. Henry Scott, the ! negro sailer from the Berwind who is regarded as the arch conspirator although, according to his own evidence, he Is guiltless, . with the exception of killing a man. who, he claims, made an attack upon him. Scott's demeanor on the stand was remarkable for a negro sailor and he showed himself to be .a negro with education and to be very sharp. He was perfectly cool land told a most plausible story., Being such a brtg.ot negro goes against, for he is reganled as being a person who is capable of concocting any kind! of story and! then has the I will power to stick to what His confidence in he originally said himself was demonstrated on one occasion occasion when Mi . Peschau asked Li-n. Li-n. Li-n. concerning testimony made before the commissioner at Southport. Scott !tal made answer and It was different from what the attorney remembered the evidence evidence to have Leenj He said to Scottr "You don't ren;ember Just what you said on that point?" j Scott's reply wasr "There is no 'don't remember' about It. ' I did not make the statement." The iestimony of Scott's, which wa3 listened to by every one present with the cosest attention, was as folio ws: "On the 6th day I of July, 1905, we left Philadelphia, bound for Cardenas, Cuba, and at the time had the following following crew: E. B. Rumill, captain; John Hall, mate; Smith, he engineer;! Fol-by, Fol-by, Fol-by, the steward or cook; John S. Coak-ley, Coak-ley, Coak-ley, Robert Sawyer and Arthur Adams. "The four colored seamen lived in the forecastle. In the starboard watch was Sawyer . and Adams, and in th3 port watch, I; Henry Scott, and J. 3. Coakley. We left 1 Philadelphia! for Cardenas with a cargo of soft coal. "About the 28tn of July We j. had trouble about the food, which was not suitable. Coakley went to the cabin to see the captain, who said the food was all right. One Sunday morning after this Sawyer had trouble with I the steward. He went after water and was told that he had five or six bottles.. The steward said he was a liar and cursed him. At the time the officers were sitting sitting on the port side of the vessel. Sawyer went forward and came back again In a few minutes and told the captain if they could not get enough water to wash with he wanted the captain captain to give them their wack and if they did not get their allowance he would make him . pay for it. (Seott here explained what is meant by "wack." It is where a sailor Is dissatisfied dissatisfied with what he is receiving, the way it is cooked, etp.f and has it coo iced iced himself.) . t i," . '-'With '-'With '-'With the exception of this trouble nothing else was said to the officers before before wc reached Cardenas, but there was quarreling among the men all the time. : ' '-U-: '-U-: '-U-: '-U-: '-U-: ' "We reached Cardenas on Sunday. At thTs"Bme we were given an allowanca of four quarts of water per day and all the men were dissatisfied. The provisions were bad; sometimes oniy a little soup. We had much work to do at this time as the cargo was baiag discharged. "Wo remained at Cardenas for ten days. vHere the district attorney asked asked Sc.vt a question before the stcnoj;-raphar stcnoj;-raphar stcnoj;-raphar had finished, taking down the former question, and Scott said, "Wall a minute, the stenographer has not vov down ! what I said.") When we left Cardenas for Mobile the conditions became became worse among the crew and lasted until we reached Mobile. We got to the bar at Mobile one Saturday afternoDn and on Sunday morning were towed np to the brig to be fumigated. All the vessels from Cuba are fumigated. W'e dropped down from the brig late that afternoon and on Monday went In.o Mobile harbor. Monday night we lay out in the stream alongside the dock. On che following Saturday Coakley and Adams got money from the captain captain but Sawyer said he did not want any ts he had some. I went ashore ahead of. them and we all met. (Here Witness named v exact place: r naming , streets, where tliey met) We went to a oar nenamea tne bar) and got a drink and Adams, Sawyer and, Coakley Coakley told me that" each was going to buy a gun,, a revolver. They left ir and went to some kind of pawn shoo and I went to see my uncle who lives in Mobile and did not go back to the vessel vessel until Monday morning at 6 o'clock when T.e had t go tc work. "On Monday morning and before we turned to work j Sawyer showed mo a 38-calibre 38-calibre 38-calibre I verj Johnson pistol and Coakley did likaTzlse. Adams showed me a ?8-calibre ?8-calibre ?8-calibre Harrington and Rlcn-ardson.- Rlcn-ardson.- Rlcn-ardson.- Rlcn-ardson.- Sawytr said. We have been f treated brutal aboard this vessel since we left home J and I said. 'Yea, we have Contlnuiag Sawyer said, If the officers give us any proTocatlon we are going to shoot! All four of us were talking. -.. -.. ' " "On Septembei- Septembei- 23rd there was'grow-ling was'grow-ling was'grow-ling as had been ever since we left Phlladslphia. wnen off Florida straits a storm struck us and carried away This was Friday 6th. ' All hands were our foretopsail. night, October called on deck hat night to reef the sails snd put up storm tri-sail tri-sail tri-sail on tiisr spaker. ; . ' "On Sunday it was noticed that the rudder head was sprung and we had to ;put In a false steerage apparatus: (Here he explained tne way they steered the vessel after the rudder was disabled.) When we went to supper that night there was nothing to eat. This was Sunday night, October 8th. At the time we were about SO or 70 miles at sea and ii should judge that we were off . Charleston. John Hail, the mate, myself were prbtty good friends and j the reason I krow where -we -we were so i well is because v.'hen he took the bear-jlngs bear-jlngs bear-jlngs he often 1 old me. (Here Scctt j became rather dramatic, and straight-; straight-; straight-; ened himself iii his chair.) We are t now coming to Idie 'big tragedy and I ; i ii 1 - . . ? . warn you an inere ne casi nis over the court room) to hear it. "Th3 last tim: I saw Captain Rumllr was on Monday night at 8 o'clock. On Tuesday morning this man Sawyer was on the lookout and Adams at the wheel. We came on duty at 4 o'clock to remain until 8. Sawyer made the bells. I and Coakley dressed and came on decTc. I went on lookout on gaily forecastle to relieve Sawyer and Coakley Coakley went to whfcel to relieve Adams. A short time af terwarda ,Smith, the engi -neer, -neer, came up and fixed the smoke stack to make it draw and he spoke o me. I looked in . the engine roam, could see plainly into the room, and the clock was 4 : 17. About 4 : 30 rhe whistlj blew anl I went to the cook to get coffee pot. vVhen I went there Hall was sitting there drinking coffee and the steward was in the galley. I took the coffee pot arid went in the forecastle. forecastle. When I weit in Adams was lying down j ipon a bi;nch and Sawyer wa s sitting by, the tible; and was reading a World's Almanac. I went aft to the wheel to relieve Coakley and he sai.t he was going forward and give the cook hell. In a few minutes I saw CDa'.c-ley CDa'.c-ley CDa'.c-ley corde back and he and the steward had some words' and then he grabbed the4 steward. V saw Hall, the mate, oming and Coakley turned the cook oOse and grabbed. Hall and shot him three? rimes Sawyer ran up and grab bed the steward. When I heard ir, 1 ran on starboard side and Coakey had mate going overboard with him. Sawyer Sawyer fired two oho ts Into the steward. During1 this time Adams was wrestling with the engineer and when Coakley and Sawyer had! thrown the mate and coplc overboard, the? came to Adams assistance and each of them fired once at the engineer. They then threw him overboard. "I found" an rory handled pistol on top of the cabin wfth 5 cartridges m It and: had neve.? been fired. I took It and put it in myj belt. About ten minutes minutes later the fhree came backbut Adams stayed amidships of the vessel vessel and Coakley and Sawyer came back at wheel to me. Sawyer said 'How lar up do von think we are?' and I replied siuqus; tre Stn&ig puu noiioorT noqB and ir we go to 'vesrward we will m-iKe m-iKe m-iKe land by mornlns' "The three want forward and I did not see them un later when they il about half an hour came aft again. This was between 7 and 8 o'clock. Sawyer came back to the wheel at 8 bells. When he-relieved he-relieved he-relieved me I feald 'I am going in the cabin to put the lights out I wanted to see ii - tne cap WorT Trf CAan Vi tain was there as I; xl. I saw he was not UUU UVb OWWiA U&fr in the cabin and ff there was any I looked around to see blood, but did not see any. Everything was badly torn up. When 1 was coming out I came by the pantry and saw ja can of corn and one of peaches on the dresser and I took them and went i.o the galley. I knew there was no one to cook, so I got breakfast ready. I cooked breakfast for all of them. "I went into the cabin later and put a pot which wai half full of water on the stove' and put meat in it and opened opened a pot of clams and put in. Thi$. was about 9o'clock and was for dinner. We ate breakfast ordinarily at 7:30 and dinner at 12 o'clock sharp. Adams peeled some potatoes and gave to me and I cut them up and threw them in the pot. . I wenj. forward into the engine engine room and oakle was trying to put water in the boiler. Later we all ate dinner and nothing more was done j until 4 o'clock. Then Sawyer went into. the galley , and j got supper ready and we all ate. Coakley and Sawyer ran the ship during the day." ! When Scott reached this point, it court took a recess un being 2 o'clock, til 3:15, but owing to the defending at torney not being in court at 3:15 the trial was not resumed until 4 o'clock when Scott went back upon the stand and the examination, which was being made by District Attorney Skinner, was again begun. Scott said: , "For supper we had hash, tea and peaches. "After supper Sawyer came to me and asked me to lend him my pen knife. I went into the cabin to light up and when I j came up lit the lamp. Sawyer and Adams had cut boat cover off and thrown overboard- overboard- At this time Coaklsy was at the wheel. Sawyer Sawyer said 'we will take water tank atd put in big boat knd let it go adrift and the big vessel near land, waterlog her and anchor; her. I asked what he wanted to let big boat go adrift for and he replied thafcj there had been eU;at of us and we could say we were in boat and it got capsized and swamped In the storm ajid.we swam back to the r Vessel, if we sUxed on her and worried worried her into port he said we could get prize money. "I said What If a storm should come up tonight' and Sawyer said, we could nse the! boat, I said 'No Sawyer then got a club and knoc&ed me down and then they all jumped on me and chained me and tied me with a rope. (Here Scott rolled np his sleeves and exhioited the rope marks, which were perfectly plain where they had chafed the flesh.) It was then about So'clock. They tied m on top of the cabin. Adams and Sawyer tUcn Iwent forward and Coakley was at the wneei. After he had left me about half an hour I got the chats off my arm. I knew if Coakley saw me get U loose he would shoot me. F said to him: 'Go forward and get me a drink of water and chew of tob3?cco: I again tried to liberate myself but could not. Coakley saw me trying' to get away and struck ma with a dab- dab- and then fired at mev I then took out the small pistol and shot him. I shot j Coakley one time. "Coakley was not as tall a I am but : weighed about ISO odd. Captain Rum- Rum- 01 (here he pointed! to Juror Mon- Mon- j roe Hickman and toIdnIm to stand f up) was about that man's slz.e. HaP j and the cook (here he pointed out at-J at-J at-J torney William J. Bellamy; and asked ! him to stand up) were about the size 1 of him. The engineer was a large, ac- ac- . tive man. "When Adams and Sawyer found Ii had my hand lcose they tied, me again. ! Then tney hoisted the distress signal, j mat nl.s?ht the schooner Kimr took all of us off and waen taken on the King we were put in chains and put in the lazarette. "I was born m Baltimore ' and have been a sailor off and on for- for- the past ; 12 or 14 years. I went on; vessels i when i could not get work ow land. ? Sawyer and Coakley had been ship-1 ship-1 ship-1 mates for several years. Don't know 1 anything about Adams. When we were I taken aboard the King Adams hud the white handled pistol. The pistols ; bought in Mobile had been thrown overboard. There were eight shots fir- fir- ed; Coakley shot mate three times, ' Sawyer-shot Sawyer-shot Sawyer-shot steward twice and Adaau, ; Coakley and Sawyer, all three, firetSone : shot at the engineer." : , On cross examination-Scott's examination-Scott's examination-Scott's tusti-! tusti-! tusti-! mony vas not shaken in the least.. He said he made a statement ! before the I commissioner a-. a-. a-. Southport that was in- in- complete but that the one he was mak- mak- ; ing was complete. He was asked qo?s- qo?s- ' tions and then asked if he didn't mske ; a different: statement before the com- com- , missionen The attorney asked If 'he did not say before the commissioner that Sawyer, Coakley and Adams vere all incommand of the ship. "I don'ts think I said' it" was his reply. He was asked why he did not go to the J rescue ' of some of those being killed ; and he said he did not do ! so because ' he knew if heui f he would be killedv ! I The attorney '3 questions would lead one to believe that the testimony at Scott at the preliminary trial is not I consistent with the testimony given yesterday; Nothing new wh'atever was brought -out -out enr cross examination. Captain SImonds, Rescuer of the Mir- Mir- ; ' : tlneers. " r Captain'Theodove Simonds. mate ot : the schooner Blanche H. KingastL- KingastL- : fied as follows:: " My home is in. New York and I am mate on schooner- schooner- Blanche H. King. Wi? ; came upon the Bersand about 10:30 p. ; m., on thei 10th of October. I went! aboard the- the- Berwind and took with me ; three seamen from the King and went : as near as we catna to the vesset. 1 asked the men- men- if they wanted to leave the vessel and tney said 'yes.' I then told them-ton them-ton them-ton jump as soon as could get ' near enough: They said they hid a man tied onithe house. The two men wanted to take him and I told them to i bring him along, I heard them taking , the chains off. When they brought ! him to the edge of deck I saw he was ! clear of rope- rope- arrl the men said he was ! harmless, burl insisted that he be tied, i All were? anxious to get in the Doat. j Each was-given: was-given: was-given: an oar and we carried t them ack- ack- to rhe Berwind. We then i went oack- oack- to the Berwind and get there between 11 : 30 and ; 12. The pa- pa- ; pers that were ?n the captain secrei-, secrei-, secrei-, j ry were taken out and were laid in a chair; (Here he identified officer's log t etc.) We wen-, wen-, wen-, through pantry and found a few canned-goods, canned-goods, canned-goods, etc. but hp liquors or soirits. (Examined Ws- Ws- I ry pistol. )VTMs is similar to one hand w . T , ed by Adams when we wcul duudsu. mi- mi- 1 ri, t t i 1 1 1 1 - t xnvt litrgi; pistol 1 was 10m oy pridun- pridun- , ers- ers- was- was- lying near rudder head and ; there r got large pistol. I gave the j pistol" to Captain Taylor. (Here wa3 exhibited heavy leather billy.) I found billy in a bunk in forecastle. (Bone i exhibited) This looks like rope Scott was tied with when taken on the Kug. The- The- next morning we searched ' for blood stains and found several nut looked like an effort had been, made : to washoff blood. Found blood in . twa places near, amidships. CJame to i anchor about 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning and were towed into South-i South-i South-i port on Thursday morning." j On cross examination said he-did he-did he-did not know vho committed the murders aud knew nothing more than stated in di- di- j rect examination. j Whea Captain SImonds had: concluded concluded his testimony, the state rested but notice was given that it would reserve . right to put on other witnesses later, f It was then 4:43 o'clock. ; Scott Arraijrnetl. j The rourt knew that a true bill had been found against Henry Scott, sot the grand jury was ordered" to come :n.- :n.- I to the court room and present the bid j This having been done Scott was ax--; ax--; ax--; ax--; rallied, Mr. William J. Bellamy first having been appointed hy the court to j defend him. The case was set for j Tuesday morning. j The examination of witnesses ii the present case will be continued Mondavf'. morning when Adams and Scott will 4 no doubt be put on the stand. Tesr- Tesr- day's proceedings were of more inter- inter- est than the balance of the trial t will be as everr one wanted to hear Scott testify. The case though is in all phases a most interesting one and the ttorney of Adams and Sawyer has a plausible argument he caa put befora the jury. It is not believed by many that Adams and Sawyer will hang, but that, the'juir will return a rerdict ani recommend mercy and the result be that they will get life Imprisonment. No one has the least doubt about Scott's being harged. ; tin no All ! TI

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