From December 3 to January 3
DISTURBANCES IN HAITI
Another Investigating Commission.— Labor unrest and rioting in Haiti early in December occasioned the sending of 500 Marines to reënforce the 700 then on the island, and called forth a special message from President Hoover to Congress, which requested authorization and appropriation for a commission to investigate conditions relating to the American occupation. The recent trouble is stated to have had its origin in a student strike at the Daimen Agricultural School upon a slight reduction of its allowances. Fanned by political agitators, the disturbances spread to the customs service and to workers in other government departments. Martial law was declared on December 4. After quiet had apparently been restored, the first bloodshed occurred at Aux Cayes on December 6, when a detachment of twenty marines were compelled to fire into a mob of some 1,500 natives, armed with clubs and field tools, to prevent their forcing an entry into the town. Five Haitians were killed and twenty wounded.