December 7, 1929, Buffalo Courier-Express, page 2, Author Asks for Senate Quiz of Butler's Speech; Sinclair Lewis says general confirmed charges against marines in Haiti, Nicaragua,
Pittsburgh. Pa., Dec. 6 (AP)—Sinclair Lewis, author, today telegraphed Senator William E. Borah that an "immediate senate investigation" was warranted by remarks made by Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler concerning marines in Nicaragua and Haiti. Butler spoke last night before the Pittsburgh Builders' Exchange.
Lewis's telegram said that Butler laughingly confirmed bitterest charges against marines. Quoting Butler from a newspaper story, which the author said he had confirmed through Robert K. Cochrane, secretary of the exchange, the Lewis telegram said in part:
"Concerning elections in Nicaragua, he explained that the opposition candidates were declared bandits when it became necessary to elect a candidate.
"Concerning Hayti, Butler told how the marine-controlled president has dissolved the congress to prevent the legislative body from passing a new constitution. He aided the president in drawing up the edict that dissolved the congress, the speaker said."
Lewis in his message to the senator said 'has not Butler practically admitted conspiracy to murder the men he and his aides unjustly declared bandits, as they have been killed as alleged bandits?" The author added that he had a list of persons who heard Butler speak if the senate wanted to summon them.