In 1914, the tension under which the residents of Mayville and vicinity had lived for the past week, was perceptibly relaxed due to the knowledge that Edward Beardsley, the so-called Summerdale outlaw, was safely behind the steel bars of the Chautauqua County jail. Officers, citizens, all concerned in fact, were down to earth again and in a few days the Beardsley affair, from being a sensation featured on the front pages of all the newspapers of the state, would be but more than a police court case of little interest. In Mayville, interest centered chiefly on the Beardsley children who, late in the afternoon, had been brought from the squalid farm house to the village. Edith Austin, the mother, accompanied them. They were given a good-sized room at the hotel and supplied with food which they ate ravenously.