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Indianapolis Fiery Cross (Newspaper) - September 14, 1923, Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana state edition volume ii number 46 Cross Quot there is no failure except failure to serve the purpose Quot Indiana state edition Indianapolis ind., Friday september 14, 1923 Price five cents Oklahoma governor plays to grandstand ass windows Are torn out in spite Alyesta cles klan Day is held Al Tate fair fires works display closes program a thousands sing Quot America Quot and repeat lord s prayer in race track enclosure police insult and slug men and women and Issue orders that Are countermanded by fair amp Ciali pincers tear badges from goats men curse in presence women by eyewitness despite the distorted newspaper stories despite the concerted efforts the organized opposition to create a wrong impression As to the intentions the klan klan Day september 7, and despite a one week s rain throughout the state approximately 65,000 klansmen came to Indianapolis last Friday. This big crowd turned out in spite the Eil Orts the opposition to paralyse preparations by waiting the governor giving out interviews through the police department it turned out in spite the klan s cancellation speeches in appreciation the consideration shown by the state Board agriculture. With the exception the speeches i the program at the state fair grounds a Al at Cdv Inq was carried out As was originally a i la a Al Dalimil tji Illo planned and while the opposition made every Effort to instigate trouble the Day went through in an orderly fashion without any a cadent to mar the Day. Certain members the organization As Well As some the women who attended with them were subjected to indignities from the police department but the members the department guilty such acts failed to create a situation that would give them the Opportunity to Start a Quot klan America is Sung at 6 clock thousands klansmen gathered inside the race track and Sang Quot America Quot and repeated the lord s Pray in unison. Just prior to this time it was found that orders had been issued the police by the Captain in charge to permit no one to Cross the track. This order was Given in full knowledge that the klansmen were to conduct a Short program from the Center the race track. The matter was taken up with fair officials who immediately gave orders to the police Captain to permit persons to Cross the track to 9 30 a fireworks display was Given by the klan which included a Little red schoolhouse and a Large american Flag. The display in All was quite elaborate. The Only act violence committed the grounds during the Day was when a police officer slugged a Man splitting his lip. The police who were there to preserve order were the Only offenders against Law and order. They were guilty tearing badges from persons attending the fair when they Felt assured the persons were klansmen. Insulting talk was used by officers to women and in one instance an officer cursed the Cross a woman wore and said that Quot his Cross Quot was the one that would in clean English be has evidence evidence the outrages mentioned is now in the hands chief Rikhoff. The klansmen did not begin arriving in the City in numbers until in the afternoon Many plans having been suddenly changed it was apparent by the sudden Rush late in the afternoon. The fact that there was a steady downpour throughout the state All thursday night no doubt resulted in Many who had continued Page 8 up the message Falls for fake Telegram to Montreal and uses up lots Good Pink paper fiery Cross employees have All Day picnic seventy five persons attended a picnic Given by the managing editor the fiery Cross for the employees last saturday. The picnic was held at a summer Home White Quot River. The Day was spent in dancing bathing canoeing and Many Quot stunts arranged for the occasion. In the evening the Steamer Sunshine which had been chartered for the evening docked and the party was Quot transferred Quot to the boat. As the boat passed a summer Camp the River an electric fiery Cross was lighted by the campers. The orchestra the boat abruptly stopped the dance music and struck up Quot America Quot and the picnickers eang the National Anthem As the boat which had been slowed Down slowly a wept Paat the Rpsa. By staff correspondent a Caxton ind., sept. 10.�?one Slattery who has gained quite a bit local Fame in the Handbill line has been figuratively Quot kicked in the slats Quot by the knights Columbus. Following his distribution his last Batch Quot dodgers Quot the knights Columbus have been trying to Dodge the Boomerang thrown by them when they read a fake message from president Coolidge. One flattery went to the expense getting out a Large delicately tinted printed Handbill which carried the Quot president s message Quot to the knights Columbus meeting in a foreign country. After a waste perfectly Good print paper the knights Columbus informed the waiting world that the message Quot was a however one Slattery conveyed much information to the citizens Clinton by informing them the Handbill that All knights Columbus were members the Catholic Church. It is possible that some persons were unaware that fact. Obtain la thinking it Over one the things that one Slattery did t inform the people about is that the minister whose Sermon furnished one Slattery with copy for his first Handbill was a foreigner and sailed for Europe soon after the Sermon was delivered. One Slattery asks Quot the boys Quot to think it Over. From the fact that there Are almost 500,000 klansmen in Indiana it would appear that they Are thinking it Over very nicely. One Slattery infers that the Kun flux klan objects to him distributing handbills. This might be so but it is hardly probable. Why should one object to one Slattery helping the local printers and furnishing laughs to the citizens Clinton most anybody could think a More asinine than what one Slattery is doing in the Handbill line. Of course it might require quite a bit thought but it would hardly be an new title if one Slattery wishes to acquire the title Quot Handbill Slattery Quot that is his right under the Constitution the United states. And if the knights Columbus wish to make a Fecker one Slattery by faking messages it is quite sure that the citizens Blinton will not object. In fact one Slattery s distribution handbills in Clinton rather leads to the excitement Here. Think the interest that can be aroused in wagering just when the next one will appear the color the paper How much valuable information it will contains such a was in the last that All knights Columbus Are members the Catholic Church. It is possible that lots persons thought some the knights were members the swedenborgian dutch. Reformed churches. In the meantime Clinton is stages huge klan affair newspaper men abm Quot selves with adding machines to Check 10,081 in procession�?50,000 Tiew Parade a big fireworks display is Given special to fiery Cross Springfield o., sept. 10.�?at a Gigantic ceremonial held Here As a part an All Day Celebration 3,500 candidates were initiated into the knights the Kun flux klan last saturday night. The ceremonial was held at the fair grounds where More than 50,000 klansmen and their families gathered for the affair. The initiation was started at 9 .�?�30 and was conducted inside the race track. Four Large electrical crosses lighted the scene. A Large electric Emblem bearing three k s blazed Forth during the ceremony which was watched by the huge throng in rapt silence. Three fiery crosses were burned. One the hits the Day was the Klark county klan band forty pieces. At one time the band passed the grandstand playing Quot Onward Christian soldiers Quot at which time the entire assemblage stood with bowed Heads As it passed the Parade held a Parade in which 10,081 persons took part passed through streets that were packed with an eager throng. The Parade left the fair grounds promptly at seven clock and despite the Many rumours to the contrary previous to the affair not one single act was in evidence that these rumours had any foundation. Klansmen horseback found a place in the procession which was profuse with american flags. It took almost one hour and fifteen minutes for the Parade to pass a Given Point. Many floats were in the Parade. Klansmen from Indiana and a few from West Virginia were said to have taken part in the procession. A total fourteen bands furnished music for the marchers. The number marchers was checked by Nev it paper men furnished with adding machines. The majority the klansmen marched with their visors up. Much applause met the marchers As they continued Page 8 to Schoose site for Hospital at Kokomo drive for $250,000 foe protestant institution has been very successful Kokomo ind., sept. 11.�?but two three Sites for the new $250,000 county Hospital Are left from the scores first had under consideration by the site committee. Last week the committee visited fifteen Sites which were left after the elimination Many others. From these were selected the two three from which the final selection will be made. The knights the Kun flux klan have been very Active in the Campaign to secure funds for this institution which will be a protestant Hospital and Headquarters have been maintained Here in the y. M. C. A. All Howard county has responded to the Appeal for funds and the protestant population has Given be most Modem the Hospital when completed will be one the most modern institutions its kind in Indiana and will have the latest equipment in everything in connection with an institution this kind. The impetus Given the drive for funds by the knights the Kun flux klan getting behind the project has done much toward making the Campaign a wonderful Success and bringing the drive quickly to a Point where the Hospital was an assured mayor watches in vain for klan Parade organization initiates huge class As sensational chief executive fume Tippecanoe county holding series open air meetings it Fuch in the slam Manifest by staff cites pendent Lafayette ind., sept. 10.�? while Quot sensational Quot Durgan perpetual mayor Lafayette was Busy with his entire police Force last wednesday night watching for a klan Parade the klan was Busy at the fair grounds the controlling Stock in which is owned by the klan organization initiating a class More than 700 candidates. The event so worried the mayor that he even had the fire department the Alert and was himself kept so Busy that he did t have enough time to prepare a speech for the in american Unity league. It is believed Here that if the klan does t quit holding meetings that Lafayette s sensational chief executive will not have time to prepare for his candidacy for governor Indiana. Of course it is possible that mayor Durgan will not run for governor but As the Indiana Catholic record Quot named Quot him As a candidate it is thought that he might make a crowd present the meeting with so upset the mayor was held by the klan and attended by a crowd More than 8,000 persons the first whom began to arrive As Early As 4 30 in the afternoon. The initiation was Public and in addition to the class 500 men 200 women were taken into the women s organization. Music was provided for the occasion by the Brownsburg band forty pieces. A speaker delivered an address which was Well received by the thousands present and was cheered repeatedly. The speaker spoke in a Clear voice and held his audience to the last. He explained the principles the klan in a very Lucid and convincing manner. He spoke from the judge s stand at the race track. The initiation ceremonies were held inside the race track. A Large american Flag was Hung near the judge s stand and behind the Flag was an electrical Cross which. Shone through the folds and presented a most Beautiful picture. Unfortunately mayor Durgan did not get to see the ceremonial As he was very Busy with his police and fire department at about that time. Each time the klan holds a meeting the mayor becomes very much excited. It is believed that possibly the mayor was watching for the Quot Twenty Roughneck s from the Plank Road Quot who it is understood were the cause the now famous Quot halloween ordinance Quot passed by the continued Page 8 Wodack self executive fool no literary digest wires Edi Tor fiery Cross for comment reply posits out anti klan riots the murder klansmen and Walton s Pardon record big Celebration at Marion is Success 1,000 klansmen have Parade at Phoenix Phoenix ala.,. Sept City klan realm Alabama August 21 staged a big Parad. And Celebration at Brandon. A to Jand klansmen in full regalia were m the line heard by thousands a fireworks display is gorgeous big parades held by staff correspondent Marion. Ind., sept. 10.�?although Marion experienced a steady downpour rain last monday morning a crowd klansmen estimated at 25,000, attended the klan Celebration in this City which was featured with a big Parade and a gorgeous display fireworks Lithe evening. There was no disorder during the entire Day and everything passed off As scheduled. The crowd began to arrive in Marion Early in the morning despite the rain although the klansmen did not begin coming a Large numbers until after one clock. The a Liston continued to arrive until after Nightfall. Some Etu mates the total crowd were placed at 80,000 by newspaper men Luan off class placed 26,000 As a conservative estimate. Fable speak off Public speak no was held at Geld Thwaite Park and never before had such a Large up lathering been seen there. The crowd flowed Over into Ballard Field a lure hundreds upon. Ooala to Page the acts governor Walton Oklahoma in his attempt to gain political preferment by his fight the knights the Kun flux klan and his statement that Quot the klan is responsible for the floggings in okla Isioma Quot monday brought a Telegram from the editor the literary digest to the fiery Cross seeking an opinion the governor s statement. In replying to the Telegram the editor the fiery Cross Drew attention to the outrages now being committed throughout the country against the klan and pointed to the fact that not one single Case lawlessness by the klan organization had been proven. The Telegram from tie literary digest follows new York. Sept. 10, 1923. Editor the fiery Cross. Indianapolis. Associated press reports Aldrich Blake executive Counsi governor Walton Oklahoma As saying klan members thereof non Isible for ail floggings in Tulsa a Cutty Liis year. Similar claims made in Georgia and Texas. Can you wire us comment. W. S. Woods editor literary digest. Reply is sent the following is a copy the reply sent by the editor the fiery Cross editor literary digest. New York City. Having in mind the murders at Carnegie Pennsylvania the terrible anti klan riots at Perth Amboy new Jersey and at Steubenville. Ohio the firing klan meetings in Indiana the knights Columbus canard in connection with the president Coolidge message the Resolution adopted by the ancient order hibernian notifying the president that they would take the Law into their own hands the wholesale releasing prisoners by governor Walton in Oklahoma and his issuing continued Page 8 Klanit raft pageant at Rockford proves wonderful Succes spectacle is witnessed by vast crowd approximately one thousand Are initiated Indiana quartet is a feature program grand dragon Illinois Speaks Chautauqua assured Kewanna next year klan to pay Cost and places Money Deposit act brings commendation special to the fiery Cross Kewanna. Ind., sept. 10.--that Kewanna will have a Chautauqua next season was assured Here last week when it was Learned that the knights the Kun flux klan had placed Deposit the entire amount Money needed to have a five Days meeting the Chautauqua Here in 1924. The announcement was made at the close the Chautauqua season and As the Campaign manager was the platform in behalf a subscription for next is received the following note was handed to the manager which after Reading he read aloud to the audience Quot to the general Public Kewanna and Vicinity realizing the moral value and Beneficent influence a Chautauqua in our Community we take this Means informing you at this time that arrangements have been completed and Money is now Deposit to cover the entire Cost a Chautauqua to be Given in Kewanna in 1924, using the full size five Day tent and the Chautauqua to be absolutely free to everyone regardless politics social standing religious Creed and absolutely no seats reserved. Same to be presented wholly by and with the compliments the undersigned. Kewanna knights tie Kun flux the Complete approval the manager and the audience was expressed in prolonged applause. The act has won much commendation for the klan in this county. Rockford 111., sept. 8.�?the first pageant the Progress the Kun flux klan organization was presented at a big two Days gathering in driving Park near the Northwestern City limits last Friday and saturday. Over 200 Robed men and Twenty four Robed horses were utilized in the casting and the spectacle was witnessed by a crowd variously estimated at Between 75,000 and 100,-000 people from Illinois and adjoining states. Beginning with a scene depicting the gathering the original sixteen members the klan Stone Mountain in Atlanta four years go the pageant showed in pantomime the phenomenal growth the klan Dom to its present proportions. The scenery prepared for the staging was forty feet High and 200 feet Long and was surmounted by a Twenty foot Cross which towered sixty feet above the crowd. The entire two Days fete was arranged and managed under the auspices klan no. 76, realm Illinois and its officers at a total Cost approximately $18,000. The first Day s entertainment program closed with a $2,500 pyrotechnic display and the Feto closed saturday night with the pageant and the initiation a class about 600 members. A class slightly less in number was initiated the preceding night. Grand dragon Speaks a number speakers delivered Public lectures both afternoons and evenings. A methodist minister it. Vernon 111., and Edmund de Barr klan lecturer from Atlanta spoke Friday while saturday there Cere speeches by the it. Vernon pastor and the grand dragon the realm Illinois. One the features the program was the singing an Indiana klan quartet from Logansport which the crowd encoded again and again in every appearance. The meeting was widely advertised As Quot the great Midwest pageant klan Kraft Quot and it was attended beyond All expectations. Rain the opening Day kept the crowd Down to 25,000 at the minimum but Clear weather saturday afternoon and night brought people to the grounds in numbers that could not be accurately ascertained. Quot workmen were employed three weeks preparing the grounds for the event. A pipeline was Laid from the City water main to provide plenty drinking water for the visitors and the grounds were illuminated by improvised electrical drive at night raids protestant merchants letter writers also Busy a regretting a coincidences Are Peculiar Snake placed in garage fiery Cross raft makes novel sight dancers at Spencer halt to sing As orchestra changes jazz to religious Melody spin car ind., sept. bursting into flame a fiery Cross which had been built a raft and towed to the Center eel River caused a sensation last saturday night at Owen Park. The jazz band in the dance Hall which was going at full blast suddenly stopped and the dancers All left the floor and gathered at the water s Edge. The orchestra that had been so suddenly stilled then played Quot the old rugged which was taken up by the crowd who Sang the words Quot the Bright fiery Cross Quot to the Melody. The sky overcast with Clouds had the Moon s Light and the Cross perfect in every detail Burnt with an even flame casting a reflection itself in the still water that was Beau Ful to behold. It left a lasting memory in the hearts All who saw it. Pontiac sees Cross Pontiac mich., sept. 10.�?a Flery Cross which was lighted Here last saturday night burned for two hours and was witnessed by hundreds persons by win foot incorporating in their list depredations that shattering plate Glass windows protestant merchants the forces opposed to protestantism in Indianapolis have put into operation a Brick heaving squad that rides each night its nefarious work. While this Mode operation has been in effect for some time by the alien interests in Indianapolis together with their boycotting program reports the last week show a carefully Laid out plan to intimidate and coerce the protestants this City. During the past week the Large plate Glass windows the weave furniture company in Ivest Washington Street were shattered at 3 clock in the morning by having five bricks hurled through them. A firm operating at the Corner Madison Avenue and Morris Street Felt the Wrath those anti protestant Quot forces and had their windows broken out by riders Active the night riders drive through the streets in taxicabs but it has not been Learned that the police Are making any efforts at All to apprehend the vandals. In View the fact that inspector detective John Quot Greenlawn Quot Mullins who it is understood is still driving the Quot mystery car Quot a stands very High in the in american Unity league and the tactics employed by the vandals Are those close to the heart the league it is not believed that any undue Effort will be made by the police department to arrest the offenders. The impunity with which windows Are smashed is seen in the breaking the plate Glass in the restaurant at 106 South Illinois Street where a Jack was thrown from a taxicab. The tool missed the window and the taxi which it is said was a yellow car circled the Block and came Back. This time the aim the Vandal was True and a Brick crashed through the window. The night rid ing Vandal however seems to be perfectly Safe from the police As alleged chief police Rikhoff is More interested Quot getting Quot certain persons than in trying to Stop the heaving bricks by agents the in american Unity league which he is a member. A restaurant in North Alabama Street was without windows for two Days following the fury the aliens who would drive All protestants out business. Every window in the drug store operated by w. J. Miller 2 South Illinois Street was shattered during the past week by the vandals. As yet there is to be an arrest in connection with the Vandal squad. Protestants Indianapolis Are being Given a taste the alien methods used in other places la America where the foreigners dominate through numbers. It also affords an Opportunity for deep thought As to just what would happen should these aliens who hate protestants Ever outnumber come into absolute control in this protest from Glenn no protests have been heard from Mike Olenn Captain the traffic squad whose subordinates can apprehend a Man who Falls to Stop at a Boulevard five Miles from the Center the City and at two clock in the morning but can not catch the Vandal squad that rides nightly. And it is hard to believe that Captain Glenn does not know the color the cabs being used in the outrages. Of course it is possible it does not interest him so much As he is no longer in business having quit operating the Quot joint Quot in Indiana Avenue. Even Bill Armitage Doest sees to Werff. Even Hoagli it is Kiowa that in the past be planned his a. Felons Werk Over the Telephone at times. Bill does seem the inst Werr led that the Eon Versatine might have been overheard. Therefore he has not been wonted it would Seea that any Plet Lles by the Vui Alt might he Fobair be Ever the Tidei one the worst suffer in the Vandal squad has been the Tan rant operated in West Wash diff Coati need Page a s a a

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