Sensational Statements (continued)
James A. Abbey
The main feature of yesterdayís evidence in the Hearne-DeYoung case
was the testimony of James A. Abbey, who recited the horrible story of the
finding of a bloody gown. Other
witnesses testified regarding the connection of Dr. Hearne and wife with the
murder by common repute.
Following will be found the testimony in full:
James A. Abbey testified as follows:
Mr. Mahan: What is your
name and age, and where do you live?
Did you know Amos J. Stillwell?
And Dr. J. C. Hearne?
Prior to the year 1888 and possibly during that year,
what were you engaged in - were you in the secret service of any
Were you living in Hannibal in December, 1888?
What were you engaged in then?
Did you become aware of the murder of Amos J. Stillwell?
Were you employed in any capacity with reference to that murder?
State whether or not during that investigation you made any search of
the Stillwell residence or the adjoining property.
When did you make that search with reference to the murder of Amos J.
Stillwell - how long afterwards?
Was Mrs. Stillwell at home at that time?
Had she not left for Battle Creek, Mich.?
What time did you make this search?
Who went down into the vault?
Where was the vault located with reference to the house?
How far from the wood shed?
How far was it from the door that entered the wood shed and the door
that led to the alley in the rear of the Stillwell residence?
Was it as near the back door of the house as the wood shed was?
Going into the wood shed?
When you entered the wood shed was that door you entered opposite the
door going into the alley?
How did you make a search of that vault?
How deep a vault was it?
What did you find there?
What kind of a night-gown?
A ladyís night-gown?
What, if anything, was on that gown?
What did you do with the gown?
Did you do as instructed by him?
Apparently how long had that gown been in that vault?
You were absolutely certain that it was blood, were you not?
Judge Hendrick: How did you
happen to make that search?
Who gave it to you?
Were you employed to assist in the search?
Who employed you?
Was there anything about the gown by which its ownership could be
Did you unfold it? In what
condition was it - folded or unfolded?
Was it pretty much covered with
blood or just sprinkled?
Was it as though some one had used it to wipe up the blood?
What condition was the gown as being torn or untorn?
What would cause that?
What is your race and nationality?
Have you ever been indicted for any crime?
I believe I was once. I think to the best of my knowledge I was once accused of killing a hog through mistake and they acquitted me.
Were you ever indicted for a serious crime?
Were you tried before a jury?
Were you on the police force here at any time?
Were you not discharged from it?
Do you know A. L. Clarke?
A correspondent of the Chicago Times-Herald?
Have you had any conversation with him in this case?
Have you given your testimony before in this matter?
Mr. Mahan: Abbey, with
reference to this serious charge, you mean that the charge was filed against you
and on a preliminary examination before Judge Porter
you were discharged? Yes, sir.
You never were indicted for anything of that kind?
Judge Gilchrist Porter was the officer who discharged you?