After "The Affair"
After the Shooting
The Andover Townsman reported that the friends of both parties were
stirred up after the shooting but no more trouble ensued.
After he was shot, George Davenport dropped his revolver. It was
picked up by Edward Hamilton of Cambridge. Hamilton later gave the
gun to police Chief William Frye. Davenport's weapon was a
32-calibre Smith and Wesson "five-shooter" revolver with two empty
chambers. Witnesses reported hearing more shots fired, so it is
possible that Davenport stopped to reload his weapon at some point
during the duel.
Townsman reported that Parker's already had their canoes
As William Norris lay injured on the ground and George Davenport was
dying, Edward Janifer handed his weapon, also a 32-caliber gun, to
one of the women on the scene. He could not recall who she was.
Janifer then asked for directions to the nearest police station and
started to walk to town to turn himself in.
of th On the way to Ballardvale, Janifer met
Selectman John. S. Stark who had heard about the fight. Janifer
surrendered himself to the Selectman, who took Janifer to his home.
Stark left Janifer alone for about fifteen minutes while he
telephoned Police Chief Frye and Dr. Charles E. Abbot. Janifer was
later put in the custody of Policeman Cronan.
Medical Examiner Howe was summoned to examine Davenport's body,
which had been laid out on one of the tables and put in charge of
another man. Chief Frye gathered witnesses and took them to the
Andover Police Stations for a preliminary trial at 4:30 that
In 1900 the jail was located at the
of the Andover Town House
The Townsman described Janifer as "cool and unexcited throughout the after part of his
affair." Trial Justice George H. Poor had arrived from Boston at
4:00 and Janifer pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder. Judge
Poor found probable cause to hold Janifer with out bail at the
Superior Court in Lawrence, "on the charge of murder."
continued, next edition, Sep. 6, 2008