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Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. [volume] (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1929, August 21, 1909, Image 5

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The decision of the naval board of inquiry ap
pointed to determine whether or not Lieutenant
James N. Sutton, Jr., killed himself two years
ago while a student at the marine schooJat An
napolis, or whether ho met death by a shot fired
by one of his fellow lieutenants, has, after much
.delay, been announced and Sutton Is declared to
have shot himself.
This decision closes, as far as the officials
of the navy are concerned, a case that has caused
more bitterness and contention in eastern navy
and army circles than any other incident in years.
Sutton was killed two years ago late one night
after he had been severely beaten by tnreo
or four other young lieutenants, x'he bullet en
tered his head at a point where experts claimed
it would have been impossible to have entered
had Sutton fired the revolver himself.
Mrs. Sutton, the mother of the dead lieuten
ant has worked for two years to get even a court
of enquiry appointed to reopen the case and those
who followed the testimony as published may well
be justified in the belief that powerful influences
have been at work since the night of Sutton's
death and are still at work to- hush up what
would probably be the biggest naval school scan
dal in the history of Annapolis if a thorough in
vestigation was allowed. From the first the offi
cials of the navy directly interested have hin
dered and delayed the reopening of the Sutton
case in every possible way. And in doing this
they followed precedent very closely. There has
seldom been an army or navy scandal that has
not been pretty effectually hushed up. The mo
ment an offense is discovered to have been per
petrated by officers, young or old in either branch
of the service they commence laying wlres to
keep the truth from the public and belittle the
This is particularly true if the offense is one
that reflects discredit upon any particular sys
tem in vogue in army or naval circles or which
might open the way for civilian criticism of meth
ods employed in the service and Its discipline.
The offenders are generally made to "Suffer for
their infractions sooner or later, but the public is
seldom let in on the investigations, the one idea
in the minds of the officars being apparently to
hush up anything that would serve to give the
public any idea of poor discipline in the govern
ment military schools or other branches of the
service, negligence in enforcing what rules there
are or that some black sheep exist in the service,
the service.
Mrs. Sutton Beems determined to take her
son's case before congress, claiming the navy offi
cials have not dealt fairly with her or in good
faith and in any event a congressional investi
gation of the affair might shed new light on
prevailing conditions at Annapolis.
A brother of the dead marine officer was re
cently so severely hazed at "West Point that he
was confined in the hospital for four weeks.
The action of President Taft in summarily dis
missing the seven cadets responsible for the cow
ardly attack will meet with general approval.
Most distressing was the news of the sudden
death of Corydon W. HIggins, who, with his fa
ther, Will C. Higgins, has been associated in the
editorial work of the "Mining Review." Young,
bright, and of a signal ability, and really just en
tering upon his life work, the news of his un
timely death came as a blow to his thousands of
friends here, particularly among the younger ones,
' who, so to speak, had gone to school with him
only a year or two ago.
His friends in their sorrow extend their deep
est sympathy to his parents and his wife, to whom
he was married but a month ago.
The action of the coroner's jury In charging
negligence In the placing of the deadly disinfect
ant in the room where poor Higgins met his- death,
without any sign or warning of any kind, we be
lieve, is right. It Is the most natural thing In
the world in an apartment or office building, when
-people are looking for rooms, to enter anywhere
while inspecting possible locations, and that any
thing so dangerous as this poisonous gas should
be used anywhere Without warning, seems little
short of criminal.
r .j American Mining congress, which meets
at Goldfield next month will pay special atten
tion to the present status: of silver, and the dis
cussion of wayt: ami mean- to beuer the condi
tions of the white metal.
Moreton Frewen wdll discuss the silver ques
tion from the money side of the case, John Hayes
Hammond will talk from the standpoint of the
miner, and James J. Hill from .the viewpoint of
Hill has become interested in silver, because
his railroad and steamship lines are suffering
through the falling off of our trade with Ohina,
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