GWL baton story 1940
FORREST WARREN, San Diego, met an old friend in this column recently. It was General General George Warburton Lewis, soldier of fortune. I mentioned his presenting me with a cane, made partly out of wood from the Bounty. Mr. Warren, who used to run a newspaper in Vermillion, Vermillion, Kansas, tells how Lewis made a hit with William Howard Taft, many years ago. Taft, as secretary of war, was visiting the Philippines, where Lewis was drum major in the U. S. Infantry band. In the procession honoring Taft, Lewis twirled the baton before before the band. Passing under an arch 25 feet high, the tall, lanky Kansas adventurer tossed the baton clear over the top and caught it on the other side, never missing a beat.