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VOL. 3, NO. 87 Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 10, 1914
ACTION THAT WILL HELP WRONGED
I0LDIER STARTED BY TUMULTY
President Wilson's Secretary Takes Steps to Reopen
Case of Private Clarence L. George, Who Was-Sent
to Federal Pen for Hinting in Letter That
Army Life Was Not Pleasant.
BY GILSON GARDNER
Washington, Jan. 10'. Believing that a year's imprisonment in the fed
eral penitentiary at hard labor is too severe a punishment for writing a let
ter suggesting that army life is not pleasant, Joe Tumulty, secretary to the
president, has taken steps to reopen the case of Private Clarence L. George.
-George, a first-class private mthe Signal Corps,, offended his imme
diate' superiors by writing a letter to Tumulty which the latter never saw,
but which through routine channels found its way back to the army post
where George was serving, and was used as a basis for general court
marjtial pproceedings against him. He was' charged' with "conduct-to the:
prejudice of good order and military discipline," was dishonorably discharged
with the. forfeiture of all pay and' allowances, and sentenced to imprison
ment for, ope year at hard labor. He is now at Fort Leavenworth peni-(
tentiary in 'Kansas, and has already served four months of his term. t
Tumulty never heard of the Private George case until he-saw, the stQry
published in this correspondence. The War Department refused your cor
respondent the, full record in the case on the ground that it did not desire
the facts printed in the'newspapers. When his attention was brought to the
case, Secretary Tumulty felt that-he had been unwittingly responsible Tim
the' harsh Sentence imposed on this soldier and called on the War Deparjp
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