In 1914, there was no change in the situation on the Chautauqua hills near Summerdale where a haggard man with two rifles, a shotgun and a revolver, had stood off a sheriff's posse for over 48 hours. They were seeking to arrest the man for the shooting of John G.W. Putnam, the overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua. Edward Beardsley had thus far successfully defied the power of the law. He was still grimly guarding the little farm house in which he was barricaded with a woman and nine small children. It was reported that Sheriff Anderson had issued an ultimatum to the effect that if he did not give himself up by 2:30 p.m. the posse would rush the house. That meant that at that hour the watchers would make a general assault on the house. The possibility of someone being injured was great but the sheriff's department had waited long enough and planned to take Beardsley at any cost.