Wardell, George, [Court Testimony], Deseret Evening News, 18 Nov. 1889, 3.
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- William H. Dame Freight Train (1862)
testified—I am the son of Martin D. Wardell; he is in the court room; I came with him , in 1862, in Captain Dame's company. I am not a member of any Church; do do not believe in "Mormonism," remember crossing Green River; there was no man killed in our train, father crossed the plains only once. If there had been a man named Green killed I would have known it. I heard of nothing of the kind. I did not drive Green's wagon, nor hear of it. I only drove my father's wagon. The Church gave us the wagon at Florence, Nebraska, for us to come in, and I left the wagon in the Tithing office; never heard father relate this story before; we came through late in the fall of 1862; do not remember Billy Williams, or George Snyder. No man from our camp was killed. Never heard of any man being killed on the trip across the plains.
To Mr. Dickson—I was sixteen years old. There was more than one hundred people in the train; there were about thirty families; we started from Florence, near Omaha; Dame was in charge; Mark Surridge, [Geoerge] Sargent, [William Horne] Dame and our own family are about all I can remember; I never heard of a man named Green there; a man of that name might have disappeared without my knowing it. Father had no team of his own, but had one from the Church; I drove it, and he did nothing except that he drove once in a while. I think our wagon was loaded with glass. I followed other wagons into the Tithing Yard. Our family were "Mormons" then. I left the Church three years ago; I was not cut off, but quit the business. I work for myself in the canyon.
To Moyle—A murder might have been committed in the train without my knowledge, but I don't think it possible.
To Dickson—Mr. Malin first spoke to me about this and I told him I knew of none. I asked him for my expenses. He told me I would get my witness fees. I have had my endowments, but left the garments off about three years ago.
Court took recess till 2 p.m.