Monrovia, October 18th, 1915.
My dear Justice Stewart:
In view of pressing affairs connected with the very
life of the Government, perhaps; and which are not unknown to
you. I can only take a moment to reply to your letter of this
date. Only the importance of the case and the nearness of it
to the heart of a friend, your heart, could prompt me to it at
this time. Now to it:
Answer to query 1.- Yes, the Military Code prepared by
me has been utilized by the Frontier Force and taught by me
to Officers and Cadets. It is now in press and ought to be
finished soon. The trouble lay with the Legislature. Only
the House has approved it, the Senate having put it on the
table as unfinished business. But the President directed its
use provisionally before legislative action.
Answer to query 2.- No; prior to last month I have never
instructed the militia, because I do not like the compulsory
service imposed upon the citizens in time of peace. I think
it wrong and have so stated to the President.
I was not sent here to train militia but the Frontier
Force; and have been obliged to confine myself to my mission.
Answer to query 3.- Yes, I supervised the payments of
the Frontier Force for the purpose you state and am doing so
now. I have never relinquished my hold on the job in spite
of the point of view of a certain class of Liberian politicians,
who has insisted and perhaps right constitutionally, that no
stranger should be permitted to handle the War Department
Answer to query 4.- Yes. But the attack was upon the
Receivership whose agent I was, in handling the funds for the
upkeep of the Frontier Force.
The Liberian Government has always contended with the