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Foley Denounces Daubing of Homes


From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, October 25: Michael E. Foley, chair of the State Council of Defense, issued a statement yesterday condemning daubing homes with yellow paint of those suspected of disloyalty. A mob spirit was demonstrated earlier in the week when two Indianapolis homes of persons alleged to have failed to buy Liberty Bonds were splattered with yellow paint on the steps and porch and “Refused to Buy Bonds” was written on the front walk. Police were called to disperse a crowd of sightseers. A few instances of yellow painting have been reported in other parts of Indiana. “The failure of any citizen to loyally support the government at this hour will not…justify any citizen in doing any act…intended to incite the public mind, or to bring the law and public authorities of Indiana into disrepute,” Foley said.

“Foley Denounces Daubing of Homes,” The Indianapolis Star, 25 October 1918, p. 1:3

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