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April 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660036008

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On March 19 this cause célèbre of the navy was brought to a close, so far as Executive action is concerned, by the promulgation of the fact that the President had approved the sentence of the court-martial in this officer's case.

As ten months have elapsed since the adjournment of the court (May, 1895), a brief reference to the circumstances may be necessary to acquaint the profession with the main facts of a trial that will take its place in the annals of naval jurisprudence as one of its most memorable occurrences. It is stated by the Washington correspondents of the public journals that the long delay in approving the sentence of the court was due to the desire of the President to thoroughly acquaint himself with the evidence and his reluctance to carry into effect so severe a penalty. The long service of Medical Inspector Kershner, who entered the

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