War Department, R.L.
Liberian Frontier Force,
Greenville, Sinoe County, R.L.
29 October, 1921.
From: H.O. Atwood, Capt. L.F.F., Com'dg., CRD.
To: The Honourable Edwin Barclay, Acting Secretary of War R.L. (Through Military Channels).
Subject: Breach of Military Law.
1. I have the honour to report the following breach of
Military Law: on two occassions Capt. L.L. Smith, (whose immediate
Commanding Officer I am) has submitted reports direct to Major J.H.
Anderson, C.O., L.F.F. Such action is contrary to all Military Law
as well as usage and custom. These reports should have been submi-
tted through Military Channels and then, if they were not forwarded,
it would have been perfectly right and proper to submit them direct.
2. The fact that this procedure occurred twice and that
the Commanding Officer, L.F.F. was himself my informant both times
can but be construed by me as an intentional insult, especially in the
light of a letter received by me from the C.O., L.F.F. in the last
mail. I refer to paragraph 4 in the first Ind. made by the Comman-
ding Officer himself in reference to the expiration of the Contract
with the Liberian Govt., I quote his exact words, "Please address
the communication to His Excellency, the Secretary of State, Acting
for the President, THROUGH MILITARY CHANNELS". The above clearly
shows that he feels and knows the importance of Military Law, usage,
and costom to Military Discipline and Morale at least in so far as
he himself is concerned.
3. The first time the matter was overlooked but on its
repetition it was absolutely necessary that relief from such condi-
tions be sought else the discipline of my command would be seriously
impaired if not destroyed and its usefulness be ended.
4. To the manner in which the above reports were per-
mitted to be made can be traced the unfortunate condition now exist-
ing in regards to SIKON. Capt. A.C. Bean has been ordered to remove
his troops now in Sikon to the Coast. As these are the only troops
now in Sikon and in fact the only ones available for duty there, the
carrying out of the order will leave Sikon without troops. The C.O.,
L.F.F. had uniforms shipped to Lt. Jango's men per Capt. Bean long
after these men had been clothed by me at Nyaake, CRD. and were no
longer stationed in Sikon.
5. The troops which Capt. Bean and myself are taking
into Sikon with us are chiefly men who after the Conference is
finished in Sikon have been promised that they will be allowed to go
either on furlough or be discharged most of them having served
their five year enlistment.
6. Request that Capt. L.L. Smith be, at least, repremanded
and that I get the proper redress for the insult given. I further
request that troops be assigned to duty in SIKON as it would be a
fatal mistake to leave the country without troops at this time.
I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant
(SGD.) H.O. Atwood.