The President feared that the American Legion Convention meeting in Portland, Ore. would censure him for removing the Bonus Expeditionary Force from Washington last July. Therefore he ordered his Attorney General William DeWitt Mitchell to draw up the Administration's justification. On the morning the Legion Convention opened the President published it.

"It is probable the Bonus army brought to Washington the largest aggregation of criminals ever assembled in the city at any one time," declared the Attorney General. He reported: 1) 4,723 bonuseers who got travel loans from the Veterans" Bureau...

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