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that he, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, had been unable to collect the amount of twenty-one dollars ($21.00), due on the aforesaid claim for mileage and that he, Lieutenant Frank Pratt, had torn up said claim, and would not again present it, or words to that effect, which statement was false, and was well known by the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt to be false, and was made with the intent to deceive. This at Fort Wayne, Michigan, on or about the twentieth day of November, 1903." Specification 5th-"In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt, First United States Infantry, did present to Messrs. Clements & Smith, of the city of Detroit, his, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt's, check for the sum of fortyfive dollars ($45.00), drawn on the Citizens' National Bank of Flint, Michigan, in payment of a bill contracted by said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, with the said Clements & Smith, for the sum of twenty-five dollars and ninety cents ($25.90), and that he, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, did receive the balance, nineteen dollars and ten cents ($19.10), he, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, well knowing the said check for forty-five dollars ($45.00) was fraudulent and that there was no institution by the name of the Citizens' National Bank of Flint, in the city of Flint, Michigan, and he, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, having no account in any bank in the city of Flint, Michigan. This at Detroit, Michigan, on or about the twenty-fifth day of November, 1903.” ADDITIONAL CHARGE I.-"Violation of the 61st Article of War." Specification 1st-"In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt,

First United States Infantry, having executed and on or about the 31st day of July, 1903, transferred his account and claim for pay as an officer of the Army of the United States for the month of July, 1903, amounting to one hundred and twenty-eight dollars and thirtythree cents, to G. J. Baetcke and Company, bankers, Brighton, Michigan, did, nevertheless, subsequently make and present in person to Major Harry L. Rogers, paymaster, U. S. Army, on or about August 7, 1903, a second and duplicate account and claim for pay as an officer of the United States Army, for the same month and for the same amount aforesaid, which transaction

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was fraudalent and well known by the said Lientenant

Pratt to be fraudulent. This at Chicago, Illinois." Specification 20—"'In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt,

First United States Infantry, baving made and executed in due form his certain pay account as an officer in the Army for the month of July, 1903, and having assigned the said account to G. J. Baetcke and Company, bankers, Brighton, Michigan, thereby parting with all title and interest therein, and, without having redeemed the same, and while it remained in full force and effect, did falsely certify with his official signature to the correctness of another pay account, for the pay for the said month July, 1903, duly made and executed, which certificate was in words as follows: 'I certify that the amount charged in the foregoing account is correct and just.'

This at Chicago, Illinois, on or about August 7, 1903." Specification 30—"In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt,

First United States Infantry, having had officially sent to him on August 14, 1903, a letter from the judge advocate. Department of the Lakes, an inquiry with reference to his pay accounts for the month of July, 1903, did reply in said letter in part in words and figures as follows: ** * * Upon my arrival in Chicago I first wired Mr. Baetcke to send the vouchers to me for collection and then I went to the chief paymaster and made out new vouchers and collected my pay less the stoppage of $39.50, and sent the entire amount collected plus $39.50 to Mr. Baetcke by personal bearer. * * Frank Pratt, 2d lieutenant, 1st Infantry,' which statement that be sent the entire amount collected plus $39.50 to Mr. Baetcke by personal bearer' was false and was known by the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt to be false and was made with the intent to deceive. This at Fort Sheridan,

Illinois, on the 16th day of August, 1903." ADDITIONAL CHARGE II.-" Violation of the 60th Article of

War." Specification 1st-" In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt,

First United States Infantry, having duly executed and transferred his account and claim for pay as an officer o the Army of the United States, for the month of April, 1903, to Arthur Graves, Manila, P. I., did, nevertheless,

subsequently make transfer to 1st Lieutenant T. J. Fealy, First United States Infantry, a second and duplicate account and claim for pay as an officer of the United States Army, for the same month and for the same amount, he, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, well knowing that the said claim was false and fraudulent. This on board the U. S. A. T. 'Logan,' at sea, en route from Manila, P. I., to San Francisco, California, on or

about the fifteenth day of April, 1903.” Specification 2d—“In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt,

First United States Infantry, having duly executed and transferred his account and claim for pay as an officer of the Army of the United States, for the month of July, 1903, amounting to one hundred and twenty-eight dollars and thirty-three cents, to G. J. Baetcke and Company, bankers, Brighton, Michigan, did, nevertheless, subse. quently make and present in person to Major Harry L. Rogers, paymaster, U. S. Army, on or about August 7, 1903, a second and duplicate account and claim for pay as an officer of the United States Army, for the same month and for the same amount, he, the said Lieutenant Frank Pratt, well knowing that the said claim was false

and fraudulent. This at Chicago, Illinois.” ADDITIONAL CHARGE III. -"Embezzlement, in violation of

the 620 Article of War.” Specification—"In that Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt, First

United States Infantry, having received from Second Lieutenant Walter W. Merrill, First United States Infantry, a certain expense account and claim against the United States for the sum of twenty-one dollars, for the purpose of collecting it for the benefit of the said Lieu. tenant Walter W. Merrill, did, on or about November 30th, 1903, collect the said amount of twenty-one dollars from the United States for the said Lieutenant Walter W. Merrill and did afterwards fraudulently and feloniously embezzle, steal and convert to his own use the

same. This at Chicago, Illinois.” To which charges and specifications the accused pleaded as follows: To the 1st Specification, "Not guilty.” To the 2d Specification, “Not guilty.”

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SENTENCE. And the court does therefore sentence him, 2d Lieutenant Frank Pratt, 1st Infantry, To be dismissed the service of the United States and to be confined at hard labor at such peni. tentiary as the reviewing authority may direct for one (1) year."

The record of the proceedings of the general court-martial in the foregoing case of 2d Lieutenant Frank Pratt, 1st Infantry, having been submitted to the President, the following are his orders thereon:

WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, April 1, 1904. The proceedings and findings in the case of Second Lieutenant Frank Pratt, 1st Regiment of Infantry, are approved, except the finding as to the specification to the third additional charge which is disapproved. The sentence is approved and will be duly executed.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

Lieutenant Pratt ceases to be an officer of the Army from April 7, 1904, and the Ohio State Penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio, is designated as the place for his confinement, where he will be sent by the commanding general, Department of the Lakes, under proper guard. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

ADNA R. CHAFFEE,

Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff'.
OFFICIAL:
W. P. HALL,

Acting Adjutant General.

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