In 1914, the rumor that steps were being taken by prominent Chautauqua County people looking to the filing of a petition with Gov. Glynn asking for the removal from office of Chautauqua County Sheriff Gust A. Anderson, was admitted by Attorney Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown. It was understood that four men of local prominence had asked Jackson to take hold of the matter. Jackson had been investigating the facts connected with the Beardsley case with this in view and had taken affidavits of a number of persons connected with the case. The petition, if made, would allege failure to properly perform his duty on the part of the sheriff, both in leaving Overseer of the Poor Putnam unguarded while they were in the Beardsley house at the very outset of the affair and failure to perform his duty later when given a warrant for Beardsley's arrest and not serving it inside of a proper and reasonable time.