THE PRESIDENT said:
"For some days police authorities and Treasury officials have been endeavoring to persuade the so-called bonus marchers to evacuate certain buildings which they were occupying without permission. These buildings are on sites where Government construction is in progress and their demolition was necessary in order to extend employment in the District and to carry forward the Government's construction program.
"This morning the occupants of these buildings were notified to evacuate and at the request of the police did evacuate the buildings concerned. Thereafter, however, several thousand men from different camps marched in and attacked the police with brickbats and otherwise injuring several policemen, one probably fatally.
"I have received the attached letter from the Commissioners of the District of Columbia stating that they can no longer preserve law and order in the District.
"In order to put an end to this rioting and defiance of civil authority, I ha ...read full document