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In Years Past

March 10, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, the Beardsley trial was well under way. The jury was chosen the previous day. District Attorney William Stearns opened the case to the jury on this morning. He recited Beardsley's acts from the time he first attracted public attention at Garland, Pa., 12 or 13 years ago down to the present date. He told the whole unpleasant story despite the objections of C. F. Chapman, Beardsley's lawyer. The most interesting feature of the day was the testimony of John G. W. Putnam, overseer of the poor of the town of Chautauqua. Mr. Putnam told how he went to the Beardsley home and received the wound that laid him up for several weeks. Regarding the attitude of the sheriff, Mr. Putnam, after he was shot, asked the sheriff if Beardsley should not be captured then and there. The sheriff replied that he had no gun.



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