"...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."