Press: A General on Merry-Go-Round

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Merry-Go-Ronnd: In the Philippines . . . MacArthur chafed because he wasn't being promoted fast enough. He wanted to be a major general. So his wife, Mrs. Lionel Atwell, cabled her stepfather Edward T. Stotesbury, wealthy Philadelphia financier. Stotesbury, a heavy contributor to the Republican campaign fund, hammered on the desk of the late John W. Weeks, then Secretary of War—and MacArthur got his promotion. But now it is not so easy. General MacArthur got in wrong at the White House for the way he slid out of responsibility for the air mail fiasco. Also the grand jury, investigating Army purchases, smeared him for rowing with Woodring. So the other day the White House sent to the War Department an OK for the reassignment of General G. B. Pillsbury as assistant chief of engineers. Like MacArthur. Pillsbury already had served four years on this job, was reassigned to serve four more. But attached to the OK was a slip of paper on which was scrawled: "There are to be no further reassignments of general officers beyond the regular four-year period." Below the scrawl were the initials "F. D. R."

General: Meaning . . . that plaintiff had been subject of a personal reprimand from the President of the United States.

Wanted: $250,000.

Charge No. 2—

Merry-Go-Round: The other day General MacArthur proposed to some of his Congressional friends a new law requiring 19-gun salutes for former Chiefs of Staff.

General: Meaning . . . that plaintiff, lacking in soldierly modesty, seeks after superfluous military tribute.

Wanted: $250,000.

Charge No. 3—

Merry-Go-Ronnd: General Douglas MacArthur, famous evictor of the Bonus Army [General: Meaning . . . that plaintiff's act in removing the so-called Bonus Army . . . proceeded from personal desire and was clothed with unwarranted and unnecessary arbitrariness and harshness.] has devised a new decoration for those serving on the General Staff of which he is chief. It consists of the coat of arms of the U. S. superimposed on a blue enamel star. . . . NOTE: General MacArthur is to retire soon. [General: Meaning that plaintiff designed a decoration for his personal delectation and use at an early date.]

Wanted: $250,000.

Charge No. 4—

Merry-Go-Round: The drive to oust Harry Woodring as Assistant Secretary of War is becoming more intense. Spearhead of the drive is the general staff and its chief, General Douglas A. MacArthur. General Staff officers have laid down almost an ultimatum that Harry Woodring goes out. General: Meaning . . . that plaintiff was guilty of disloyalty and mutinous conduct, one of the most serious offenses in the Articles of War.

Wanted: $250,000.

Charge No. 5—

Merry-Go-Round: General Douglas MacArthur, dapper Chief of Staff . . . is the real boss of the War Department today. Although it went out over Secretary Dern's signature, MacArthur was the real author of the Army's $115,000,000 Public Works program calling for ammunition and ordnance purchases. General: Meaning . . . that plaintiff was dictatorial and guilty of insubordination and disrespect to a superior officer, the Secretary of War. . . .

Wanted: $250,000.

Charge No. 6—

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