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KILLS AN ACT01
AL DiRECTOR DID NOT LIKE B1
HAVIOR OF HASTY.
ible Was Brought On by Prpdtor!
Interference With Troupe-Some One
Was Too Familiar.
Gaffney December 1-i-Eila
"Bennett musical director of 'th
"Nothing But Money" theatrica
.company, was shot and insta=tl
kiledby George Hasty, one of th
-proprietors of the Piedmont Inn o
this place; at 8:45 this morning, an
Abbott Davison, the comedian -ano
star -pefformer of the company., I
-thought to be mortally wounded
The :sheiiff and police force Ia,
:arrested Hasty and lodged him i
lTessillness of Gaffney f1ii
-mornimg,;was disturbed b'y Th
sounkr6f -revolver fired- three tinme
inraiidssuccession, followed by h
screams-dfvwomen and of cr-es .6
murtier. The police responded t
the =gl Fforlhelp and at the step
df-theL8te%were met by Mr. Daxi
,son,4D\o uwas calling loudly for.i
Theecoroner was notified and th
iinquest'wased at the hotel, when
Bennett's body.was examined and
mnumberf -witnesses questioned.
The-principal withess was Mis
'Verne Sheridan, a member of th
troupe. She-sid that after coming
back irom the-theatre, Mr. Bennet
and 'herseTf thad a little lunch i
her ,mom, after.Which Mr. Benet
left, Ilockinglherwindows secure.
he'fore :telling 'her goodnight. H
lat heard' hew 'Miss -Bishop, also 2
eniber4 the-roupe,had been as
delediby. mn ehir in ~the day
'Soon:after;'Mt. Bennett left, Mie
*Shendan said, she theard some on<
:at her <door. She edid not say any
saing, -and :in -a few -moments ther<
were fotsteps on tthe veranda and
she then 'realized that:a man was at
tempting t ,enter 'her window
wichd topened <on the veranda
"hittig there, ihe caste :1back' to th<
door, and by throwing ihis weigh
against :it, attempted 'to 'force it in
lHe then 'went so far as 'to climb uj
tol the transom,:and .staiking a matel
looked into tfhe room. ''Then ]
recognized 'George Hasty," saic
*Miss Sheddan, dramaticaly.
The witness the~n went on to tel
how she had eat1ed Benrnett, anc
IIasty had dropped from the tran
som. When Bennett came he .couk
And no one. It was then, she -sand
*that the musical director told her t<
gout bed and that he woud at i?
-n the room and Write music. H4
stayed there, she festified, until
&'elock this'morning, when he weni
to hi,s room for a comforter, and re
turning wrapped himself in it and
slept on the foot of her bed until ;
o'clock, He1 left her then, she said
saying that he would -call for her ir
tiine for her to catch a train at 6
o'clock. Bennett went to the post
Soffice, telling a negro boy to. make
Miss Sheridan a fire. The negrc
came to the door, the witness testi
fled, and she.told him to wait a fewv
moments until she could let him in
In a moment or two George Hasty
kno'cked at the door and asked i:
she had a fire. She tolt1 him tha1
she did not have any, and did noi
want one. She then shut the door
When Bennett came back, sh<
said she told him of the occurrence
as they went to breakfast. Soor
Hasty came in froin the kitchen and
*was pointed out to Bennett. Th<
young woman said she begged Ben
nett not to have a fuss, but he said
he would speak to Hasty in a mo
Sment. Going over to Hasty, th<
itness testified, Bgetsaid som
thing in a low voice. Hasty began
at once to deny whatever Bennett
had said, and the latter returned to
her, asking if he were really the
man. Miss Sheridan was positive,
and then Bennett said to him, "I do
not wish to cause. any trouble, but
s just wish to tell you that any man
who would look over the transom
.;into a lady's sleeping apartments
tdoes not conform to my idel of a
.-Miss Sheridan said she told Ben
. nett-to let Hasty alone, because if he
was mean enough to do a trick, he
a was low enough to deny it. Ben
f: nett -then started away, and Hasty
1 asked him out in the hall.'When
f they went out, Miss Bishop came
s 'into-the dining room and about oc- 1
curence, when she said "That's the I
man who insulted me yesterday af- I
aternoon." At that Mr. Davison,
Vho %was sitting at the table, jump
s! edLup:and took his glasses off, say
-.1ing.to Miss Bishop "Is. that the fel
s: 1w??" Miss Bishop told him he
was,-but asked him not to have any
f raw Mith him. She tried to hold
> him'back but he would go. He went
, out-and'said, "You -are the same fel
- Io." And struck him. Immedi
I :ttely 'asty shot twice at Mr. Davi
-son cone.,shot taking effect in his:1
aide :and the other going astray.
Mr. Davison grappled with him
trying .to get the weapon.
Hasty jerked loose and shot Mr.
ennett 'through the heart. Mr.
Bennett 'threw his arms across his
r;Udy 'ran (down the hall, and in a
t angment ifili dead.
i Miss May Bishop testified that
t abOut :4 Vclock in the afternoon,
r w1ie,sittingiin her room, which had
: a Adow -opposite Mr. Davison's
L I'Fown, Hlasty eame in .there to get
.,some Icards he had left. In a mo
.imert -or stwo 'he ca'me back and then
Scame:;a ithird -fime. Tphe third time
hie camne ito her window. She asked
hi hat he wanted when he asked
her H egid not want a drink. She
todhim :she never drank. He talk
ed 'with her -a moment and then in
sak. ed her. 'She -tolil Mr. Davison
of it. The- -rest of 'her testimony
~ was abaxut tue isame as ithat of Miss
The negro servants were exam
inmed., hu~t no new facts wete brought i
Will Hasty a brother of the pris- E
oner was sworn and testified that (
Mr. Bennett told him to have a fire I
built for Miss Sheridan, and that he a
sent his brother George to build it. 1
He was in the kitchen when he sent C
George out, that he stayed there a
few minutes 'and then went out in,
the hail. -(
As he' went through the dining1
room he saw Miss Sheridan, Miss t
Bishop and Mr. Davison, and in the I
haJl he saw Bennett and George I
talking. Just ,then Mr. Davison
brushed by him and went up to e
George arid grabbed hold of him
with his left hand, at the same time
striking-him with his right. George ~
stumbled when he was struck and
Mr. Bennett caught hold of him.
Quicker than he could tell it,
George shot A. Bennett and then
shot Mr. Davison. Hie testified that
he saw Mr. Davison with somethingA
bright in his hand. He also exhibi
tda pen -knife he found after the
body was taken up six hours after
th'e shooting. A
Dr. Nesbitt testified as to the
cause 'af death and the jury brought
in a verdict in accordance with the
facts. The affair is greatly regret
ted by the people of the town, who
have offered every assistance pos-A
sible. Mr. Davison is a Mason and
a K. of P. and is not. among stran- 1
Mr. ' son wsale to mk
M1iss Bishop and myself were in the
lining room at the Piedmont Inn
nd a man came in about my height
ibout 6 feet high, and smooth faced
ind slender. M\Iiss Sheridan says
:here is the man who tried to
:limb over my transom and said it
n a low tone to Mr. Bennett. Mr.
Bennett walked over to him
ind said you owe this lady there
mn apology. You insulted her, you
-ied to climb through the transom,
ou rapped on the door, said you
ere.the porter and asked if she
,vanted a fire built and said that was
io way for a gentleman to act and
rou owe her an apology. This fel
ow said, "I'm not afraid of any
nan alive and if she says I did
:bat she lies," said come out in the
iall-way and I will tell you how it
"Then -he went out with Mr.
Bennett into the hall before they
3ot there Miss Bishop said that
s the man who tried to get into my
-oom yesterday afternoon.' I
walked into the hall as this fellow
vas saying "she is a liar." I said
no, she is not, and you tried to get
n the other lady's room. yesterday
Lfternoon,' meaning Miss Bishop.'
Eie said no I didn't. I said you did.
.e pulled a revolver and started to
-hooting and I grabbed his arm and
hen he broke away.and'shot some
nore and I grabbed his arm again.
nhis was the finish. He shot Mr.
Bennet when he first shot. He shot
ne, hitting me on the right side of
he stomach. I grabbed his arm
md be broke .away and shot Mr.
Bennett. He (Bennett) fell over
m his face and I grabbed his arm
tgain. People came in then and I
;tepped over Bennett and ran for
t doctor and came over here, (Com
An autopsy was performed late
:onight upon the body of Mr. Milan
3ennett and the bullet reported as
ntering e.e heart, or near it, was
ocated. It had entered between
eveth and eighth rib penetrating
he heart causing almost instant
earst will Appeal to New York Legislature
New York, December 16.-A
ovel plan for forcing the recount
f the votes in the Hearst fight
.gainst the reelection of Mayor Mc
lellan was announced last night
>y Hearst's personal counsel.. We
hall have a bill introduced into the
egislature providing for a recount
f all the ballots cast in the coun
It will provide for the reopening
>f the ballot boxes for a recount, in
re of the evidence of fraud in
he original count. The recount be
or the discovering of the extent of
raud, not for the correcting of it.
In the meantime the court pro
eedings will be continued.
Some women try to attrac-t atten
ion by trying to look miserable.
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