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JOKES AT HIS P'aUCIES AT y OFFICERS' DINNER. President Wilson's severity was visited on the highest officers of the Army and Navy on December 15, when he directed that an investigation" should be made into the recent annual dinner of the Military Order of Carabao, composed of Army and v Navy officers who served in the Philippines at the time of the insurrection. The dinner is usually attended by the President, and always by the Navy and War Secretaries. the recent dinner there were .■■" vaudeville acts " satirising public men. President Wilson is enraged at the ridicule directed on his policy of ultimate independence for the Philippines and at the jokes at MiBryan's (the Secretary of State's) "peace plan" and his grape-juice dinners. President Wilson was particularly incensed at a song, "Damn, damn, damn the insurrection!" though exPresident Taft used to join merrily in the chorus. ■ ■ , ' _ Mr Garrison, the Secretary lor War, and Mr ■ Daniels,' the Navy Secretary, share President Wilson's- feeling that criticism of Government policies by officers is bad taste. President Wilson has suggested a court-martial or reprimand of the hundreds; of officers who attended the dinner, while Mr Daniels is disposed to require that Admiral Howard should decline the presidency of the order 'which ' was voted to him. . Meanwhile-Explanations' are- demanded from Admiral Howard and Quarter-master-General Aleshire, the - highest Naval and Army officers present at the dinner. President Wilson mainly resented the ridicule cast on Cabinet i | members.% '■ ■■ _ - '• ■• _J Mr Bryan's motto. "The Navy should consist of two ships, namely,, ;Fnendship and Fellowship," was'illustrated at the dinner^by their craft;' respectively labelled "U.S.S'. Friendship, Fellowship, and Piffle." The Philippine policy was lampooned by a {cinematograph -picture of a fleeing 'rebel colonel who, when caught, promptly becomes the provincial Governor.

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PRESIDENT'S ANGER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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PRESIDENT'S ANGER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914