People v. Walter Bennett, Appeal: Testimony of Frances S. Bright

People v. Walter Bennett, appeal

FRANCES S. BRIGHT, a witness called on behalf of the defense, being duly sworn, testified as follows:

Direct-examination by Mr. Greenthal:

Frances S. Bright: I live at 1 West 72d. I know Mr. Bennett, the defendant at the bar. I have known him since he was a little fellow, fourteen or fifteen years old. It was in 1883. He was bell boy in the hotel where I was. I know other people who know Mr. Bennett, yes, sir, several. As far as I know his reputation for decency and respectability, it is perfectly good. I have recommended him to places, and they have thanked me for recommending him.

Cross-examination by Mr. Ely:

Frances S. Bright: I do not only know him as a servant or bell boy, no, sir, more than that, because I have known him since he was a little fellow. Well, I have known him in rather a peculiar way. It has been partly in that way and partly in a friendly way; not in a social way. I have been to the theatre with him twice. As a bell boy and as having recommended him, and having been out to the theatre with him twice, I do know something about him. Yes, sir. He has come to me frequently. I have seen him a number of times. And he was protege of my mother's, to begin with.

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