[Washington, D. C. n. p., 1894]. First edition of each House Report. Two removed pamphlets, approx. 9 x 5.5 inches, 12, 10 pages. Gatherings separating along the fragile spine, with leaves a trifle loose; in good, sound condition. Item #17236
HR Report No. 1110 and 1110, Part 2. Should a drunken sexual deviant receive a military pension? The recommendation of the House Committee on Military Affairs to provide military pension relief for Civil War veteran, Brown University and Harvard Law School graduate, and triple Medal of Honor winner James Madison Cutts (1838-1903), whose gallantry at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg were acknowledged by all--but who had undergone three courts-martial and resigned under a cloud in 1868. Most notoriously, as recounted in the minority report here, Cutts was found guilty in 1863 for his "attempt to look through the keyhole of the [hotel] room opposite his own" and subsequently he did take "a valise or portmanteau from and room, and place it against the door of the room occupied by said lady, and placing himself thereon look through the transom light of the room and into the room when the lady was undressing and preparing herself to sleep." Of course, the time "he did expose himself while a passenger on the steamer T. D. Hine in an almost nude condition, in full view of a number of passengers, both men and women, using abusive, profane and vulgar language in the presence of said passengers, and otherwise deporting himself in an ungentlemanly manner" didn't help his reputation much either. Or the time he seems to have set he post surgeon's house on fire while "the officer [Cutts] was, to use a slangy term, 'crazy drunk,'" and came stumbling out onto the parade ground in only a shirt. Or the times he tied up enlisted men and had buckets of water thrown at them.