Foreign News: The Army Pays

A Corsican landowner presented a claim for damages: U.S. soldiers, said he, had cut down six of his trees for firewood. Officials of the U.S. Army Claims Office asked how he knew the soldiers were Americans. He had a requisition—some penciling on the back of a can label. It was addressed to "Private Mortimer Snerd." Satisfied that only an American could have written that, the U.S. Army paid the Corsican $90 for his trees.

Such cases cram the files of the Claims Office, which follows the Army wherever it goes, last week was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!