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In Years Past

March 9, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Arthur Edward Beardsley, who had held the center of the stage as the Chautauqua County outlaw for the past three months, was put on trial in supreme court at Mayville on this morning, formally charged by a grand jury indictment with the crime of assault in the first degree. This particular indictment was one of four which had been found against Beardsley and was based upon the allegation that he shot John G.W. Putnam, the overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua, when Putnam went to his home in December to take away his children to furnish them places where they could be decently housed and clothed. Beardsley wore a uniform which was said to be the uniform of the Canadian Mounted Police and there was much speculation as to where he secured it.



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