July 13, 1917



Protests by Associated Press Fail to Develop Any Reason Why Such a Step has been Taken – Every Resource of the Government will be Used to Put an End to the Disturbances.



      WASHINGTON, July 12, - The Federal government is watching closely the Industrial Workers of the World disorders in Arizona and other Western States, but officials here expect no far-reaching consequences.  Department commanders of the army have been instructed to take all steps necessary and there is entire confidence here that they will speedily do so.

      Apparently little credence has been given reports that a concerted uprising by the organization was to be attempted.

      The first official work reaching the Federal government from the disturbed sections came tonight in a request from Gov. Campbell of Arizona asking for the assistance of Federal troops in maintaining order.  The request was referred back to Brig.-Gen. Parker, commanding the Southern Division.

      At a late hour Gen. Parker had not reported any troop movements, but press reports of a military censorship of telegraph lines were generally accepted as indicating that such movements may be in progress.


      Officials to whom the Associated Press protested regarding the censorship were unable to explain upon what authority the step was taken.  So far as could be learned, however, no effort was made to interfere with the action of local officials.  Pending receipt of an official report from military authorities in Arizona the War Department declined to issue any order rescinding the censorship regulation.

      At the Labor Department no word had been received late tonight from the Federal mediators sent to the States affected to attempt settlement of strike troubles.  Press reports saying that they had recommended action by the Federal government to prevent industrial paralysis led to the belief that tomorrow might see some more drastic step by officials here.

      It was declared every resource of the government would be used if necessary to quell the disturbances.