New York Times
BACKS PEOPLE’S COUNCIL.
Socialist Mayor of Minneapolis Says It Will Have Free Rein.
Special to The New York Times.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 23. — Thomas Van Lear, Socialist Mayor of Minneapolis, today not only promised police protection to the People’s Council, but openly aligned himself with the peace-at-any-price organization. The Mayor said that the regular policemen and special policemen would be used to maintain order. In a long statement he said that the People’s Council represented the “common people” and that he would uphold the Constitution in giving them the right of free speech, free press, free assemblage, and the right to petition Congress.
Copies of the Mayor’s statement, upholding the aims of the council, were telegraphed to President Wilson, the Secretary of War, both branches of Congress, and all branches of the People’s Congress. The People’s Council bore the expense of telegraphing the statement.