Government account of the decision to bring in federal troops to deal with Bonus Army
cars. "Situation Beyond Police Control." Meanwhile, as early as 12:30, Lieut. Keck of the Metropolitan police and aide to Gen. Crosby, com missioner of the district, reportea to the commissioners that in his opinion and in the opinion of the assistant superintendent of police and two police inspectors, the sit uation was beyond control, and that bloodshed could only be averted by the presence of Federal troops. The commissioners then stated that before calling for military aid they desired the opinion of MaJ. Glassford, the chief of police. Maj. Glassford stated that since Waters, the commander of the bonus army, had lost control of his own men. the police could not control the situation any longer, Maj. Glassford. accompanied by Lieut. Keck, went to the office of the district commissioners at 1 p. m. In response to questions by the district commissioners he stated that the situation was out of his control and that the police could not longer hold the bonus marchers in check. He was asked the direct question whether he thought it was necessary to secure the assistance of Federal troops, to which he replied in the affirma tive. The commissioners then no tified the Chief of Staff of the army that the assistance of troops would be needed and requested that the necessary preparations might be made.