Negative reaction to use of troops on Bonus Army from the New York World-Telegram
A PITIFUL SPECTACLE. From the New York World-Telerram. WHAT a pitiful spectae'e is that of the great American Government, mightiest in the world, chasing unarmed men, women and children with army tanks. The weakest governments in Europe are accustomed to handling vaster crowds with a few police. The President justifies his sudden and unprecedented use of the army against unarmed citizens by raising the cry of Communism. That is good propaganda for the Communists who wish the credit, but It is untrue. Of course, there were a few Communists in Washington and, of course, they tried to take advantage of the situation. The Communists had been cast out by the veterans themselves. The veterans ridden down by the cavalry were not Communists or criminals. While disagreeing with the bonus demands, we protest against use of guns against these citizens and ex-soldiers. Unless they d: or are killed, the 'millions unemployed must sleep somewhere and eat something. If they do nothing more than trespass and beg food, the country will be fortunate. But there Is a limit. Drive these desperate men against the wall with .machine guns and tanks, ma the Government did in Washington, and you create danger of the revolution which no Communist propagandists have ever been able to start in the country. Now is the test of this democracy. If the Government cannot lead the nation out of this depression crisis peacefully, democracy is gone. If the army must be called out to make war on unarmed citizei s. this is no longer America. We pray that the folly of those in power will riot lead them further toward the despotism which brings revolution.