United States Congressional Serial Set, vol 117 - Page 35
by United States Government Printing Office - United States - 1922
"...Pvt. Petticrew, of the Quartermaster
Corps, assigned to the United States Army transport Merritt. who,
in September, 1920, while ashore on leave at Chinwangtao, China,
entered a Chinese wine ship and, without provocation, shot and
killed Li Shih Chi, a native employee therein. It is stated that the
soldier, who was under the influence of intoxicants, upon entering
the shop fired an automatic pistol at Li Shih Chi and killed him
while he was in the act of escaping from the place; that he then
turned and fired upon the proprietor, but the shot did not take
effect. Petticrew was tried for the offense by general court-martial
at Tientsin, China, and was sentenced to be dishonorably discharged
from the service, to forfeit all pay and allowances, and to be confined
at hard labor for the period of his natural life.
The Chinese Government has several times requested that some
allowance be made for the benefit of the family (a wife and four
children) of the Chinese citizen whom Pvt. Petticrew killed."
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