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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 12, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 4

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By Cilson Gardner.
Washington, Feb. 12. A little boy
with a blue cap rushed into the of
fice of your correspondent and laid
the following telegram on our desk:
"Thank you. God bless you. Am
innocent. En route to Washington
C. L. George."
This is the closing incident in that
little story of Pnvate Clarence L.
George, who was last fall sentenced
to a year in the penitentiary at Fort
Leavenworth, with dishonorable dis
charge and the forfeiture of all pay
and allowances, for writing a letter
to Joseph P. Tumulty, secretary to
the president, complaining- of the
treatment he had received at the
hands of his superior officers.
The publicity given the case in
these dispatches forced the War De
partment to furnish a full record of
the trial by court martial of Clar
ence George, and this record showed
that a flagrant injustice had been
done to this telegraph operator who
had enlisted in the signal corps.
Whether it was personal spite or the
ordinary workings of a vicious mili
tary system, the fact was apparent
on the record that there were no
grounds for inflicting on this soldier
man any such punishment for the
trifling offense of which- he was
charged if it could be called an of
fense. As soon as Mr. Tumulty got a look
at the record he decided to put the
matter up to the president and the
latter, without any hesitation, order
ed George pardoned with restoration
of all pay and allowances.
George is a Virginia boy, whose
father was a Confederate veteran and
whose family live in the old town of
Charlottsville. The boy enlisted' at,
Fort Myer, Va., and served two years
with a perfect record, part of the time
in Alaska and part in thephilippines.
His telegram indicates that he is on
his way back to his old home, where j
he has an invalid mother and two
Ed Barrett, star Hearst strike
breaking gunman during the news
paper strike, is in again.
This time it is reported that Bar
rett, who is already convicted for the
killing of Waiter Masterson and who
is under indictment for the slaying of
Conductor Frank Witt, is reported to
have made death threats against
Judge George Kersten, who sentenc
ed him on the Masterson charge, and
Assistant State's Att'y John Fleming,
who prosecuted him.
This information was brought to.
the two officials by a man who claims
to have heard the eHarst gunman
make the threat.
Barrett is now out on bonds pend
ing an appeal. His trial on the Witt
case was scheduled to come up last
Monday, but was again continued.
In the Witt case Barrett is defend
ed by Former States Attorney Healy.
New York, Feb. 12. The estrang
ed wife and son of General Daniel
Sickles hape that the death of the old
veteran's companion of 15 years, Miss
Alma Wilmerding, will bring about a
family reconciliation. Miss Wilmerd
ing, who dominated the home of Gen.
Sickles, died Tuesday and will be
buried tcday.
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 12: Em
ployes of Indianapolis Terminal and
Traction Co. received two cent raise
per hour and better working condi
tions by decision of pubhc service
commission of Indiana. The finding
became- effective Nov. 8, 1913, and
continues for three years.
o o
W. L. Moyer, former president of
Chicago bank, fighting extradition to
Kansas City. Denies charge of using
mails to defraud,

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