The Minister in the Netherlands ( Garrett ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received December 6—7:30 a.m.]
5404. There is information to the effect that the power of Bolshevism in Germany is growing in spite of the fact that the majority of the people is strongly opposed to it, and irrespective [of] the food situation. This anomaly may be due to the superior organization and unscrupulous appeal to class hatred among the more radical elements, as well as open intimidation practiced upon moderates and conservatives by a display of force and threats of violence. Although returning officers and men are said to show little sympathy with and open hostility towards revolution, this has really the effect of strengthening the hands of radicals who claim that there is great danger of a counter revolutionary movement until strong measures are taken to guard against it. To this end extremists are reported to be rapidly accumulating arms and ammunition, which are easily procured, and it is feared that serious conflicts may take place.
Above to Paris.