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lously respected. Soldiers must not discuss the military situ-
ation with civilians, or accept favors or gifts from them.
64. PRIVATE PROPERTY. a. Such private property as
is needed for troops will be obtained by purchase. Only in
the most grave emergencies may supplies needed by troops
be taken against the will of the owner. Those so taken will
be paid for at a reasonable price, on the spot, or as soon
thereafter as practicable, and receipts will be given in all
b. As a matter of policy, buildings should not be requi-
sitioned for use as quarters or barracks. If such action is
absolutely necessary, however, buildings should be selected
which are not connected, through ownership or otherwise,
with the cause of the disturbance. Troops should be quar-
tered in tents and on neutral grounds whenever possible, in
order to demonstrate entire freedom from partisanship.
65. EXERCISE OF POLICE FUNCTIONS BY SOL-
DIERS. The mission of troops on riot duty is, in general,
the suppression of violent unrest, and the restoration of law
and order. In carrying out this mission they are, subject to
the commander and higher military authority, authorized
to take such measures as are necessary. Routine patroling
will usually be left to civilian police. In many cases com-
manders will find it necessary, particularly on first entering
a disturbed area, to provide guards at bridges, trestles, via-
ducts, reservoirs, powerhouses, and strategic points of com-
munication, transportation, and utility systems. In these and
other control duties, necessary measures may frequently
include the detention or arrest of persons. The authority to
make such arrests is not based on local law governing arrests,
but proceeds from the duty and coextensive authority to
accomplish the assigned military mission. Troops on duty
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