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a vivid manner. Her testimony was
Dr. Nesbitt was next called. He
testified to holding the post-mortem
and described the course of the bul
let after it entered the body. He also
testified that he did not see any weap
on on the person of Mr. Bennett when
he examined him. He identified the
coat and vest worn bv the deceased.
John Spencer, a butcher. was call
ed to testify to a conversation he had
with the defendant at 6 o'clock on
the morning of the tragedy, in which
the defendant said that he had been
trying to get in the room of one of
the show women all night and was go
ing back to make another trial, but
the testimony was deemed irrelevant
and was ruled out.
Sheriff Thomas testified to taking
Hasty to the jail from the city prison,
where he had been locked up about
5 o'clock in the afternoon. When he
searched his person he found a knife
concealed in his trousers leg, fastened
to. his garter.
The defence claims self-defence and
will try to prove that Hasty's coat
was cut. This is an explanation of
how it was cut.
With this the state rested. The at
tppneys.for the defence then request
the court to take a recess that they
*ight consult with their witnesses.
This was done and the jury was per
nitted, under the escort of bailiffs, to
visit, the scene of the tragedy and in
spect the building and surroundings.
-Court reconvened at 2:30 o'clock
;Xnd the first witness was J. L. Fer
guson, of King's Mountain. The
Judge ruled that his testimony was
ot -relevant.- Col. Johnstone asked
kim. if he saw Misses Sheridan and
Bishop while they were in King's
Mountain, and then asked what kind
*f costume they wore. The Judge
ruled against it, and Col. Johnstone
arged that it was relevant, as he
would endeavor to justify the action
of George Hasty in trying to climb
over the transom of her room.
C. L. Dart was almost an eyewit
sess. He was a book agent; stopping
at the Piedmont Inn at the time of the
shooting. He was in room Mo. 10; at
the time he was in his room reading
and heard the shots in the hall, but
read .gn. Soon. he heard screaming
and cracked the door and looked out,
and saw a man lying on the floor and
other men surrounding ~him, but he
was afraid to go out', lest he might
zet shots In a few' minutes he went
eut. He testified to hearing Miss
'ishop point out George Hasty as the
nan who did the shooting and to hear
ing one of the women curse. He was
too modest to repeat directly what
.Prof. R. 0. Sams was recalled.: He
testified to making thea hart of the
building and of measuring the tran
som, and of examining the dust on the
transom, after a brother of the de
Cendant had tried to get in through
it, butw ould not testify to examining
-Smith Rains, a white ~man, was
-sworn. He testified that he was in
the barber shop when he heard the
scuffle, and then heard a body fall.
Soon -afterward he heard a pistol fire
twice.. He. went out in the street and
saw Mr, Davison coming down. He
saw .something bright in Mr. Davi
son's hand. On cross-examination the
*solicitor asked him who was with him
when he stole that side of meat from
J. A. Carroll some years ago, and how
much it cost him to get out of it.
Rufus Estes testified that he was in
the dining room at the time of the
shooting, and that neither Miss Sher
idan nor Miss Bishop saw the shoot
ing, but were ini the dining room all
the time, not going out in the hall un
til the shooting was over. He said
be did not go out, in the hall at all
himself, but hiked out through the
kitchen and back yard. He did not
run, but walked pretty fast.
Mrs. Sallie Hasty, wife of Will
Hasty, testified that she was in her
room, which is next to the dining
room, and heard a man say: "You are
the same fellow who insulted that
*lady,'' and soon heard two shots. She
*pened the door, but did not see either
of the young show women, but they
soon came out of the dining room and
began screaming. She testified that
Miss Bishop pointed out Will Hasty
as the man who did the shooting. She
did not go direct to her husband, but
went through t.he dining room, the kit
chen on to they eranda, and through
the small hail, to her husband, who
was standig on the other side of the
corpse. -The attorneys tried to prove
imptaPer relations on the part of the
decened and the young ladies. Ob
jections Were raised, which were sus
tained, the court saying: "It seems to
me that you are trying those two wit
nesses and not the defendant. I don't
propose to let you get from the main
Mrs. Maud Hasty, wife of Arthur
Hasty. was next called. She was in
edat th ti-hme of the shooting. She
heard two shots and got up and looked
out of her door. Did not see either
of the young ladies in the hall.
Will Hasty, a brother of the de
fendant, was next put on the stand.
le was in the hall when the shooting
occurred. He was going to the bath
room when he saw George and Ben
nett talking. Davison brushed by and
said to George: " You are the same
felow who insulted that lady," at the
same time catehing hold of him and
striking him with his right hand, in
which was some bright instrument.
When lie caught hold of George he
(George) slipped and fell on his his
knees. Mr. Bennett caught hold of
him on the other side. He came up
caught hold of Mr. Davison to part
them. When he did, George drew his
pistol and fired, first at Mr. Bennett
and then at Mr. Davisori. Mr. Ben
nett reeled and fell where he was. He
said that he and George and the two
men were the only ones in the hall,
but that Arthur was coming up the
Arthur Hasty next testified. He
said he was on- the street in front of
the entrance when he heard the fight.
He started up the steps and saw these
two men have George down on his
knees. Just as he got to the top of
the steps he heard the pistol shot,
and saw Mr. Bennett reel and fall,
and Mr. Davison go down stairs.
With this the defence asked for
more time to consult with the remain
ing witnesses, so a recess was taken.
The state tried to get in the dying
statement of Mr. Davison, but it was
I ruled out, as his case is not being
tried at this time.
The evidence in the famous G3orge
Hasty case was completed Saturday
afternoon and the argmaents begun,
but were not completed until Munday.
The jury has been kept under -two
bailiffs since the case was starte.
The star witness Saturday was the
defendant, George Hasty. He was on
the stand for more than an hour. Dur
ing the morning and while' the State
was in reply some strong evidence was
adduced by the State, putting the
The first witness for the defence
was Smith Williams, the proprietor
of the Palmetto House, then the Pied
mont Inn. He testified to the way the
dining room door opens. It was made
a swinging door, hut before he took
~charge a stop had' been put in. It
was testified by the State's witness
that it was a swinging door.*
C. C. Bullington was standing a
bout fifty or sixty feet from Abott
Davison when lie p:assed after being
shot and saw a knife in his hands.
Dave De Steffano, a barber. who
kept a shop under the hotel belonging
to Hasty, was with Arthur Hasty on
the street in front of the hotel when
the row occurred. He ran back down
and did not go back for several minu-:
Miles Bullington was sleeping in
the Piedmont Inn the night before
the trag.edy, in bed with the defend
ant. The defendant came to bed
about 1 o'clock and got up about6.
He did not hear a lady call, but one
may have called without his knowing;
Will Hasty, recalled, testified t.hat
he tried to get through the transom
and examined for dust, and found no
disturbance of the dust.
Prof. R. 0. Sams would not testi
fy to making an examination before
the transom had been tried by Will
Hasty. This was some days after the
There was a considerable stir in the
court room when George Hasty was
called to the stand. He said that he
had gone up to the dining room to
et his breakfast and had gone out
into the kitchen. As he came back!
Mr. Bennett met him, accusing him of
insulting one of the ladies. He denied*
this and then told Mr. Bennett that
if he would come out into the hall he:
would tell him more about 'it. He
went out,' followed by Mr. Bennett,
and was explaining to him when Mr.
Davison came up, saying, "Your are
the man,'' and struck him, knocking
him doen on his knees. When Mr.
Davison struck him Mr. Bennett also
came on him. One of them had him
by the neck and one in the face, both
with knives. Mr. Davison cut at him
with a knife in his left hand, cutting
his overcoat. He then thought his
life was in danger and shot to. save
his own life. He said that the pistol
belonged to Walter Baker, and he had
borrowed it on the Wednesday before.
He put it in his pocket when lie gave:
his room up to Mr. Davison the night:
before, and the pistol was still in his
overcoat pocket when he left Mr. Bul
inton 's room that morning. He did
not shoot after the men got off him.
ie shot Mr. Bennett first and then
shot Mr. Davison. lie denied that
Mr. Davison had his hand forced up
against the wall. as testified1 by the
young ladies. lie denied attmpting
o get in the room of Miss Verne
Sheridan und o1 insulting Miss
Bishop. Ile told why he went in Mr.
Davison s room. Ile had left some
cards and some chips in there and
went in to get them.
On cross-examination Hasty testi
fied that he did not own a pistol but
borrowed this one with a view to buy
ino. le said that instead of insulting
Miss Bishop. she came to him and put
her hand in his pocket in a very fa
The solicitor repeated the conversa
tion as given by Miss Bishop at the
inquest, and he denied it all. le de
nied telling John Spencer at 6 o'clock
that morning that he had been trying
all night to get in one of the ladies'
room, and that he was going back and
try again. He admitted being fined
for firing a pistol at Mrs. Settlemyer's
some time before.
On the redirect examination he said
that he was not searched at the city
prison, but was searched at the county
jail, and explained that the knife was
put in his trousers leg because he had
been warned that his life was in dan
ger. It was to defend himself from
the mob that might be formed to
Walter Baker was put on the stand
by the defence, and on cross-exami
nation, he testified that he was at
Piedmont Inn on the night before the
tragedy, from the time of the show till
about 1 o'clock. During that time
George left the room twice and was
gone about twenty-five minutes each
time. He did not hear a lady call
while he was there, but one might
have called without his hearing it.
The state then put up several wit
nesses in reply. Among them were
Misses Bishop and Sheridan. They
had been accused of using profane
language just after the shooting. They
both denied it.
Col. Johnstone, for the defence, dis
missed them both with: "I thank
S. F. Parrott, whose office is under
the Piedmont Inn, testified to hearing
the screams of women upstairs, and of
hearing something fall in a few mo
ments, and of seeing Mr. Davison
come out of the ladies' entrance with
out a knife in his hand. It. had been
testi;ed that the young ladies were in
the dining room, and were not eye
witnesses, and that Mr. Bennett had
fallen ,before there was any scream
ing. 'It had been also testified that
there was a knife in Mr. Davison 's,
M. L. Cook, street overseer, testified
to seeing Mr. Davison come out of the
entrance, throw his hands up, open.
with nothing in them, and clasp his
side and go to t he Commercial hotel.
He also testified that he made the arz
rest. He did not hear any profane
Lloyd Austell, a policeman, testified
to seeing Mr. Davison pass him with
out a knife in his hand. He carried
the defendant to the calaboose, and he
did not hear any profane language.
Joe Mauney, a white man, testified
that he was near the front of the
Commercial hotel when Mr. Davison
passed, and he went to his assistance,
opening the door for him. In the hotel,
Mr. Davison opened his vest, and had
no knife in his hand.
Dr. C. A. Jeffries testified as to the
course of the ball that killed Mr. Dav
ison, it being downward, and' not up
James Swofford testified that Ar
thur Hasty, his brother-in-law, told
him that he did not know anything
about the shooting, that he did not see
John Spencer testified that George
Hasty called at his place of business
about 6 o 'clock on the morning of the
tragedy and gave him a drink, and
then told him that lie had been trying
all night to get in the room of one of
the women and was going to try again.
B. D. Hallman testified that he
heard Arthur Hasty say that he did
not know anything about the shoot
ing as he did not see it.
Dr. Nesbitt testified that Mr. Davi
son was shot in two places, and gave
the course of the balls.
Junius Parrott testified that he was
in his office under the hotel and heard
screaming and in a moment or two
heard somthing fall on the floor.
With this the arguments .were be
Capt. J. B. Bell, opened for the
State, and was followed by H. K.
Osborne, for the defence.
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