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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 10, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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ment for the full record. An examination of the. papers adds interestingly
to the printed facts.
It appears that Private George wrote to Tumulty after Woodrow Wil
son's nomination, expressing his enthusiastic approval of Wilson as a can
didate and hoping for his. .election. This letter was answered by Tumulty
and Private George got theTdea that he had a friend in Tumulty in whom
he could confide his troubles. George's difficulties 'began' with a too free
use of intoxicants. He went into the army in February, 1905, a sober and
industrious Virginia boy, with two or three years experience as a com
mercial telegrapher. At the end of his first enlistment he was discharged
with character "excellent," and at the
1 end of his second, witn cnaracter
f "good." It was only after seven
years' service in the army that
George began the use of intoxicants.
It appears that he was "absent
without leave," for short periods like
12 'to 18 hours six times within a
year, for which offenses he was dis
ciplined by the imposition of heavy
fines; one amounting to $72, or three
months' pay, with an additional sen
tence of three months at hard labor
under the post guard. George claims
to have been bullied by his immediate
superiors and complained of being
put through the "third degree." He
never had a furlough during his en
tire service and when after seven
years he applied for a "discharge by
favor," to go to Virginia to see his
aged mother, who is not expected to
live, his application was turned down
by his Company captjin, who refused
to endorse it or to forward it for ap-
proval. This was the occasion of his
letters to Tumulty complaining" of
harsh treatment. In one of these
letters, now for the first time made
public, George says:
"Please remember that this army
is very powerful. An officer has an
enlisted man at a disadvantage; their
witnesses would undoubtedly furnish
all data necessary to sustain their
contention, while my witnesses, fear
ing the wrath of their superiors,
would be unable to remember. When
first entered the service in February,
1905, recruiting officer informed me
could obtain a three months' fur
lough after three years' service. On
my return from two years' service in
Alaska had . information that my
mother was in critical condition, not-'
withstanding nearly eight years' ser
vice my application was refused. All
told, presume have made five or six
applications for furlough; either my
record or shortage of men invariably
prevented my securing leave.
"Up to date have never had a fur
lough. Recently asked I the com
manding officer to only grant me a
month's furlough and 1 would make
enough to purchase discharge. This
I do not believe will be granted. With
reference to my mother not needing
my support, will say as long as she
remains at Virginia State Hospital
she does not need it, but as she has
become more rational am advised I
could arrange for her to return home
provided I could arrange to employ
an attendant. This I cannot do un--der
present circumstances. I would
like to be discharged with or without
honor.
"I, am duty bound to try and ar
range a home for mother. I txust
you will not let them give me a year
or so for writing you. I thank you
from the bottom of my heart for
your kindness."
This letter Tumulty never saw, but
the officers did, and -they gave him
the "year or so" for writing it. The
full record shows that the court
martial trial was a travesty on jus
tice. No material witnesses were
called and the examination consisted
chiefly of leading questions directed
to the irrelevant consideration as to
whether or not George's accusations
against his superior officers in the
army were true or false.
Secretary Tumulty has been

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