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"The 'Mutiny' at Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks," July 28, 1919

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and in Washington consider it a mutiny. You began this mutiny; we will end it. Accordingly you have been put upon a restricted diet, and will remain upon it until we see fit to withdraw it. The mouthpiece of your mutinous act has been your committee, which has therefore been dissolved. (The numbers will be assigned to work before they leave the yard today.) You will lose all privileges which hitherto have been extended to you. First, you will lose all home parole privileges. Those of you whose paroles were about to take effect must do the rest of your time. Next, all the good time you earned to date has been cancelled. If you have earned one month, two months, or six months, you will have to serve that much longer. (Some of you have been wondering why you have not been released during the past several days – that is the reason.) Then all the barrack paroles will be revoked. Your white stars will be painted out before you return to your wings. Finally, all other privileges which have been given you will be withdrawn. You will not have the use of the yard or recreation after work until 7:30 as heretofore, nor on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. In short, you will be in your cells all of the time when you are not working. (The boxing contest and other entertainments in the yard are abolished. There will be no more smoking in the yard. Your allowance of one sack of tobacco will be continued, but it must be smoked only in the cell.) The honor system in all the wings is abolished and guards will be reintroduced into each wing. (The guards will have charge of you, and will issue orders to the room orderlies.) You will be marched at attention to and from all meals; there will be no talking in line or at the table. You will be marched at attention to and from your work, and will talk neither in line or at work. (You will strictly obey in future the regulation requiring you to fold your arms in the presence of an officer or a guard. There are a great many regulations in this institution, which have not recently been enforced. They will all be put in effect from now on.

I am sure you will be glad of the change to a regime of justice and discipline, and will cooperate with us in endorsing good order. There will be in the future no back talk to guards, and anyone who does not obey an order promptly will do so at his peril. (N. B. This means a knock-out blow from a black jack. The “Regulations” mean in practice a revival of the old “iron rule.”) I know that there are some men among you who did not wish to strike, but they must suffer likewise, because they did not persuade the hotheaded ones not to mutiny. There will be a changing of shifts also;- in the mess hall there will be only one shift instead of two. You lose your day of leisure and will work every day. In the power plant, there will now be two shifts of twelve hours instead of three shifts of eight hours."

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