April 4, 1914, The New York Press, page 3, U.S. Marines, Riot Squad of the Nation, Always Prepared for War,
Out of 25 New York Times' articles between 1990 and 1919 that mention Smedley D. Butler by name, this is the only with "No Title" as its title. No mention is made here that the altercation occurred during 4th of July celebrations, but instead, vague intimations of an underlying political hostility are made. That may well be true, but having Butler, to whom the normal rules seem not to have applied, as the commander of the local camp, surely contributed.
July 6, 1912, New York Times, Article 10 -- No Title
Major Smedley D. Butler, commanding the marines at Camp Elliott, Panama City, reported that eight soldiers of the Tenth Infantry, two marines and one civilian ...