863.00/856: Telegram

The Chargé in Austria (Kliefoth) to the Secretary of State

17. The action of the police in Linz in searching Socialist headquarters this morning resulted in bloodshed and martial law whereupon Vienna’s electric workmen called strike in sympathy cutting off electric light and streetcar transportation and industries dependent upon electric power. Streets are patrolled by police armed with carbines. Strike is not spreading and city is orderly, difficulty expected to be settled very soon.