By Philip Leon
Whilst Oscar Booze entered West aspect in 1898, the older cadets determined that he didn't comply with their photo of what a cadet may be. After 4 months of continuing torment, together with a beating in an equipped boxing fit, ridicule for analyzing his Bible, and the compelled intake of scorching sauce within the cadet mess corridor, he resigned. whilst Oscar died a yr and a part later from tuberculosis of the larynx, his family members claimed that the West aspect cadets had killed their son by means of scarring his throat and making a fertile box for the deadly an infection. this can be the tale of the resultant scandal that introduced West aspect less than hearth within the press national. Investigations following Oscar's dying could show a long-standing development of cruelty that had turn into inextricably pointed out with the academy, regarding notions of social Darwinism and initiation rituals renowned on the time. either the home of Representatives and the Senate thought of remaining the Academy in gentle of testimony by way of cadets in separate investigations that exposed merciless and sadistic practices. Distilling startling money owed from trial transcripts, modern newspaper tales, archival documents and correspondence, this ebook exposes a little-known bankruptcy within the heritage of West aspect.
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Dougherty from New York; and William R. Bettison from Kentucky, pressured him to accept the challenge to fight by insisting that in walking his guard post incorrectly he had violated an Article of War. They told the impressionable Booz that if the authorities convened a court-martial he could be executed by a firing squad—although no evidence suggests that Spanish soldiers ever tried to scale the Hudson heights at West Point that summer—so he had better go ahead with the fistfight to clear his name.
He looked scornfully at me and said that he would not reveal the names for all the money in the world. He said that it would be dishonorable. '"i7 Her comments made clear that memories of his hazing haunted Booz while he lay dying, imagining that he was still beleaguered by his West Point superiors. Nellie told the congressional committee that the only time Oscar revealed the names of his tormentors occurred when they read in the newspapers that West Point had expelled cadets Ferney G. Lane and Charles L.
How was it you allowed him to come up here alone? Well, I went out to fight yesterday and I was, of course, whipped. Both of my eyes are black and there is a cut about an inch long under my left eye. I am pretty well bruised and dropped out of the fight after I was winded. The fellows have talked terribly to me ever since the fight, for they say I dropped out because I did not want to fight and not because I was knocked out. I think they just wanted to kill me if possible, or come as near it as possible.