ARMY & NAVY: Tacit Conviction

At San Diego, Calif., a court martial dissolved itself and disappeared, leaving behind it the announcement that it had "adjourned to await the action of the convening authority."

The force of this announcement was that the defendant had been found guilty and the Secretary of the Navy must announce the sentence, for in cases of acquittal it is the invariable rule that the defendant be notified before the court adjourns.

The gentleman thus tacitly found guilty was Colonel Alexander S. Williams, U.S.M.C., against whom Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler, until recently Chief...

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