The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, March 2, 1893
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SERIOUS  CHARGES.
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Preferred Against Charles Beckner,
of This City.
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          Friday morning there came to light a first-class sensation that has been kept on the quiet for quite a while.  Miss Mary Bassey is aged between fifteen and sixteen years and resides with her father, George Bassey, in Hobanville, just north of this city.  They young lady came into town Friday morning and before  Squire David Louden filed an affidavit to the effect that  Charles Beckner was the father of her unborn babe.   Mr. Beckner is a partner in the firm of Pollock & Beckner, contractors and builders, with an office on South Vine street.  He was placed under arrest by Constable Memory Phillips and brought before the Esquire who fixed his bond at $300, which he gave, with  McGavin G. Murdoch as surety.  Mr. Beckner is about 28 years of age, married and has a family.
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