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PETTICOAT IN- FlUiiSE. ft WAR OFFICE AND THE LADY. YOUNG LIEUTENANT VINDICATED. I OFFICERS CENSURED. I < Much speculation was aroused some mouths ago when Mr. Lloyd George, then Secretary for War, asked the House of Commons to pass a special Act of Par- liament for the purposes of an investiga- tion of certain matters concerning, in addition to officers, civilians, whose names were not disclosed. The Army (Courts of Inquiry) Act was passed with- out any public intimation as to the iden- tity of the persons concerned. The Court sat at the Westminster Guildhall during September and October. In a statement as to the action taken h", the War Office as a result of the, inquiry, made by Mr. Ian Macpherson, the new Under-Secretary for War, in the House of Commons on December 22, the names of those concerned were made; known, and an unnamed woman was re- ferred to. Mr. Macpherson then pro- mised that the w hole of the Court's find- ings should be made public. They were published on Wednesday night as a Par- liamentary paper [Cd. 4835]. The lady implicated in the case "to use Mr. Mac- pherson's phrase—in Mrs. Cfornwallis- West, wife of Colonel William Cornwailis- West, of Rtit),in Clg.tle, Denbighshire. The Court inquired into two cases, and their Reports are printed below. The first case concerned the granting of a corn mission to Sergeant P. Barrett. Koyal Welsh Fusiliers, and his removal from one battalion of the regi- ment to another. This removal followed a letter of remonstrance seat to Mrs. r Corn wahi s-lr est by Second Lieutenant Ba ri-ett. who had "consistently failed to respond to "a more than ordinary 111- terest which she had taken in him, the cii-eii in stance. of which were fully re- ported in Wednesday's Post." The following summary indicates very briefly the findings of the Court of Inquiry and the action taken by the Secreta.rv for War. as already stated by Mr. Macpher- son Second-Lieutenant P. Ba.rrett.-Found wholly undeserving of censure congratulated by the Secretary for War on his complete vindication. General Sir W. H. M'ickinnon (formerly G.O.C. Western Commandi.Actuated by good intentions, but showed want of judg- ment and discretion in intervening in a dis- ciplinary matter which had ceased to concern him. Has now retired under the age clause. Lieu tenant-General Sir J. Cowans, Quar- termaster-General. -His correspondence with Mrs. Cornwallis-Wsst .ibout the case showed indiscretion and was a departure from official propriety. In view of distinguished war ser- i vice he is retained for the present in his i position, but he has been informed of the i displeasure of the Government at his action, Lieutenant-Colfenal Removed from cornmant1. com- manding 3rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers.—Acted hastily, harshly,, and. improperly and. in- fluenced by a lady of. position in the county; denied justice to one of his own junior officers. Has been removed from- his com- officers. Has be-eji reTnoT, -ej d froin- hiF- c,>M maud. 'u- Mrs. Cornwallis-West.—Found to have acted in a. highly discreditable manner and to have given untruthful evidence. Her prominent connection with county associa- tions and war work in Denbighshire con- sidered regrettable. Mr. and Mrs. Nrcli.-C)vemta-ted their case with some indiscretion, but, on the whole, rendered a notable public service by their defence of a friendless young officer iMr. Barretts General Owen Thomas Commended. the second case concerned lion. Lieuten- ant-Colonel (late Brigadier-General) Owen Thomas, who. formerly commanded a Welsh Brigade which he had largely raised, and afterwards had command of a Reserve Bri- gade, of which he was relieved last June. The Court, comment on the action in this matter of Colonel T. A. Wynne-Edwards, to whom jealousy of his Brigade Commander is attributed; Sir J. Cowans; Lieutenant- General Sir W. P. Campbell, whose judicious conduct, save on a minor point, is com- mended Lord French, an ambiguous letter from whom is criticised; and Mrs. Corn- wallis- West. The Court thinks sense of ill- treatment not unjustifiably rankles in Briga- dier-General Thomas' mind, and suggest some appropriate recognition of his valuable service. Lord Derby has since publicly thanked him for his great services in xecruit- ing Welsh regiments. THE LADY. FORMER RIVAL OF LILY LANGTRY. Mrs. Cornwallis-WTest is 61 years of age. She is the daughter of Lady Olivia Fitz- patrick and grind-daughter of the second Marquis of Head fort. In her girlhood she was a famous Irish beauty. She was Mrs. Langtry's great rival in soci ety, and sat several times to Forbes- Robertson, the painter. Her marriage took place when she was 17, and she was a grand. mother at 36. Her husband. Colonel William Comwallis- West, is 82 years of age and has been Lord. i Lieutenant for Denbighshire for 43 years. His seat, Ruthin Castle, has always been a centre of social activities. He owns 10,000 acres, is an art connoisseur, and is hon. col- onel of the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusil- iers. He assumed the additional name of Cornwallis by deed noil in 1895.

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