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Cullman Banner, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1937, Cullman, Alabama We Believe In Cullman County THE YOUR NEWSPAPER BANNER In the Heart of Alabama's Rich- est Agricultural District Volume 10. CULLMAN, ALABAMA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1937. 5 Cents a Copy Bitter Fight Rages In Repeal Battle Evidence Marks Justice Black As Member Of Klan BY WILLIAM B. HUIE The gaseous ghost of the Ku Klux Klan rose from its grave this week to haunt the footsteps of Alabama's would-be Supreme Court Justice Hugo LaFayette Black. Seemingly indisputable evidence that Black was and still is a mem- ber of the Invisible Kingdom was plastered across the front pages of the nation's largest newspapers, and some of the former senator's closest sena- torial friends, including Bob Wagner of New York, yelled for his "imme- diate resignation." had even been a Even President Roosevelt was ob- viously disturbed over the publicity being given his new justice, and de- clared that, prior to the appoint- ment, he had no knowledge that Black was or Klansman. The President withheld further comment on the matter "until such time as Justice Black returns from Meanwhile, vacationing in Lon- don and Paris, Justice Black was having a miserable time evading newspaper reporters trying to reach him for a statement. Black hastily went from Paris to London, refused to accept trans-Atlantic calls from The New York Times, and berated his hotel keepers for "lack of pri- vacy." All the old evidence of Black's connection with the Alabama Klan was claimed to have been discover- ed by a reported for The Pitts- burgh Post-Gazette in Birmingham. The a week in Birmingham, and his stor- ies were copyrighted by the North American Newspaper Alliance and were being published in six install- ments this week. No Alabama daily is a member of the Alliance, and Alabamians could read the stories only in The Atlanta Constitution or The Nashville Ban- ner. The first story in the series car- ried a photostatic copy of a letter purportedly written in long-hand by Black in which he resigned from the Klan two days before he filed for the U. S. Senate in 1925. The letter was addressed to J. W. Hamilton, secretary of the Robert E. Lee Klan No. 1 in Birmingham. Reporter Sprigle pointed out that this resignation was filed so that Black could conscientiously go be- ''are founded on that man who are wrong and contrary to Ameri- can traditions and instincts." (Great? Applause.) Near the close of the purported speech, Black rises to all the dema- gogic ferver which he employed on the stump. "The ideals of this great fraterni- ty to which we he is re- corded as saying, the principles of taught us to love our enemies. It is an ideal difficult to obtain, haven't reached it, but I hope to, if I have the prayers and the support- ing influence of your love and your trust and your confidence. "I thank you friends from the bot- tom of my heart. It is my undying prayer that this great organization will carry on sacredly, true to the real principles of American man- hood and womanhood, revering vir- tue of the mother of the race, loving the pride of Anglo-Saxon and I love to the heaven- born principles of liberty which are written into the Constitution of this country. "With my love and my faith, my hope and my trust, I thank you from the bottom of a heart that is yours." (Great Applause.) With his third article, Reporter Springle reproduces a purported re- cord of the delegates at the Grand Klorero, Realm of Alabama, 28% S. 20th St., Birmingham. Among those listed as present are Grand Dragon James Esdale; Bert E. Thom- as, Great Titan of Province No. 1: George Frey, Irving St. John, Wal- ter Brower, Jimmie Jones Hugo Black and William J. Christian. Province No. 1. represented by Mr. Thomas, was the section which included Cullman County. As to just what action can be fore the Alabama voters and de- taken against Justice Black, his ac- clare, when expedient, that he wasjcussrs to be doubtful. A number of not a member of the Klan. The Klan was a bitter issue in that campaign in which Black defeated Oscar Un- with the aid of the Klan and the single primary system then in effect. But it was in the second and third articles of his series that Reporter Sprigle really dropped his biggest bombshells. In the second he pro- duced pholostatic copies of the min- utes of a great Klan Klonvocation j held in Birmingham following the I nomination of Black to the Senate and Bibb Graves to the Governor- ship. These minutes were shown on the stationery of Stallings, Brazelton Hale, official court reporters of Jef- ferson county at that lime. Mr. Hale, who is slill a court reporter in Birmingham, was reputed to have been the official Klan report- er. The typewritten minutes, said to have been taken from the Klan files in Birmingham, recorded the pro- ceedings in which Black and Graves were presented solid gold cards of life membership in the Klan. The minutes also recorded the ad- dresses of acceptance of the cards made by bolh Black and Graves. Both attributed their elections di- rectly to Klan support and both pledged themselves to forever re- spect liie Klan oath. The third article carried in full a flowery speech which Black is said to have delivered at the ceremonies. Black is quoted, in part as saying: "This passport
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