The Brownsville Investigation.

May 25, 1907


The court is dependent on witnesses to identify who were the men who instigated the violence in Brownsville.


The Brownsville Investigation.
We are publishing both sides of the testimony in the Brownsville investigation in order that conservative citizens may be able to draw their own conclusion from the evidence adduced. The Texans are now having their innings and it will be noted that they are making statements of the most positive character to show that the colored soldiers or at least ten or twelve of them “shot, up” the town and attempted to murder many of the residents thereof.
This testimony would be startling but for the fact that the evidence now being adduced has already been discounted by previous testimony. It has been proven that the men who did shoot up the town could not have been recognized either as to their color or as to their facial identity. The question of shells has also been thoroughly sifted and proven that the finding of army shells was not at all conclusive as to the identity of the men doing the shooting.
The case now stands upon he credibility of the witnesses. The white officers of the Twenty-fifth Infantry, including Major Penrose have heard at San Antonio, Texas all of the evidence now being adduced at Washington and they have reached the conclusion that the colored soldiers did not shoot up the town of Brownsville, Texas. When the committee or a subcommittee goes to the Texas town, it will go far to upset the damaging nature of the testimony now being adduced.
It has been asserted that Senator Foraker has information which has not been made public, but which he will produce at the proper time to show the nature of the plot for ridding the Lone Star State of colored troops.
Regardless of which way the investigation ends, it has been demonstrated that out of 167 colored men dismissed from the United States Army without honor, there were over 150 who were admittedly innocent of any wrongdoing. It is this proposition that the War Department will find confronting it, and to all fair-minded people there can be but one answer.
Senator Foraker is also secure in his position. He insisted that the colored men should have “their day in court” and that they were entitled to a trial before they could be lawfully punished. He has certainly made good his case and the country is awakening to the enormity of the outrage perpetrated upon one of the most celebrated battalions then in the service.
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