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In Years Past

March 2, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Arthur Edward Beardsley, the famous Chautauqua County outlaw, who a few weeks ago had the attention of the entire country by reason of his successful defiance of the law power of Chautauqua County, was briefly in the limelight this day. Four indictments had been returned against him, two for assault first degree, one for burglary and larceny and one for receiving stolen property. He was arraigned on this afternoon before Supreme Court Justice Bissell at Mayville on one of these indictments - the first and presumably the strongest - the shooting of Overseer of the Poor John G.W. Putnam. To this indictment, Beardsley's attorney, C. Frank Chapman, pleaded not guilty. It followed, therefore, that Chapman believed that he had a defense and the only defense he had to offer was the one outlined by Beardsley himself in his exclusive interview with The Journal a long time ago, that a man's home was his castle and he had a right to defend it.

 
 
 

 

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