A Little Harmless Bluff
World War I; Babel Proclamation; Council of Defense; German Language; Anti-Germanism; Babel Enforcement; Violence
Response to Davis. Remember, pre-Babel. Here: "as to taking the law in your own hands, that is a question you should not propound to me. As Governor of Iowa, I cannot and will not advocate mob rule. There are times, however, when a little harmless bluff will do much to clarify the atmosphere in certain localities."
W. L. Harding
State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
Box #14, Council of Defense, Governor's Office: Harding, Research Group #43, S61/07/05
1918-03-28; Spirit Lake, Iowa; Dickinson County; Terril, Iowa