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The Ku Klux Klan at U. of M.
(By [. X. 3.) The Knights of the K K. K. out-
With the great majority of the1 line their ojects as follows: To pro-
people in this country discussing the A K ianst an s V iew test the weak, innocent, and defense-
mysterious Ku Klux Klan, pro and less from indignities and wrongs of
con, it is to be expected that a local the violent and brutal; to protect and
angle might appear-it has, and with Said oie meuber of the faculty of the University of Michigan, defend the constitution of the United
some startling revelations. But be- admitted that le was a memher of the Knights of the Ku Kiux States, to aid and assist in the exe-
fore coming to that, it will be well to cution of constitutional laws and to
mention Ihe genera1 "lay of the land,, "The Ku Klux Klan, as I understand it, is an organization of true all forms of tyranny,
American men, in the highest sense of that terms, who want the laws
as it appeared the first few days of A Last winter and spring the campus
investigation of America to express the true fundamental principles of the Declara-
tion of Independence and the Constitution of the United States and who !t onehin s aw e e o
Chief of Police Thomas O'Brien want the enforcement of these laws to be strict and without fear or then, one in particular, were old
when approached regarding the sub- favorMichigan men-this one a graduate.
ject, said that he knew of absolutely " I understand it, it is not intenuld to make war upon any par- iaty, hil, ac ul organ-
no klansmen iu Ann Arhor. lHe de- ticslar group, but it is to make sure that no particular group shall atonsmes oie. The ton
cined to commit himself on what ac- and townsmen joed. The town
tion he would take should any be "Apparently there are some things about the organization that ighsome
found. County P'rosecotor Jacoh F. Aprnl;hreaesnetig aotteogiizto htuih 200 msen. The student memhership,
cen. n rs tin tato F go farther than this. According to the articles appearing in the Detroit know'n the large, etes-
Fahrner was equally certain that no Fre Pr. the machinry o the orgnizain iht led itelf, in nown to be large, is, as yet, ines-
members of the klan were in the timable. Many faculty men ap-
uns'rupulius hands, to very undemocratic things, even to those things
town. Ile said, however, that if the . prargheeltcotoesubtiatprmm'xml.Iny
kawsasrrentdyrenta- it was organized to control: a perpetual emperor for example. lo do rejected the idea. But. as far .9aa rec-
klan was as represente s h' acent Sc- not approve of some of the things the Free Press articles accuse the ords are ohtainahle, few realised that
countsdin he ree Pessrd th h organization of doing: if, however, that paper can prove that these they were heing hroached on memher-
wuld leav otse u d O things have been done in the name of the Klan, I, for one, will with- ship in the fast-growing Ku Klux
sihle, rout them out of town. "No draw and I know others who will do the same. But I will have to 'be Klan. Many joined, in good faith, as
organization whicti does not " men shown' as will thousands of other members. Today I cannot see the evidenced iny the interview puhlished
v dager." g in connection with this article.
the right of trial y jury has a righ This man denied that the members of the klan are obliged to take
to exist," he said. fearsome oaths, or that they are compelled to do whatever they are Various comments have been made
The possibility of any of the Ku ordered to do by high officials of the about chalk "K. K. K.'s" which have
Klux lurking in Ann Arbor looked appeared periodically on campus
discouraging-from a newspaper' walks. Small boys like to make chalk
point of view, courage or foster lawlessness, racial rity of the Stars and Stripes and the marks. K. K. K. is an attractive com-
But things began to get interesting. prejudice, or religious intolerance. It Constitution of the United States of .
A Ku Klux was found-and regard- is not designed to act in the capacity j America." In scouring the faculty for inter-
less of the preceding statements to of a law enforcement or moral ocr- The Detroit Free Press, in its ex- views endeavoring to find Klansmen,
the contrary and President Marion L. rection agency; except in so far as pose of klan, claims that the organiza- many were found who voiced a strong
Burton's assertion, expressed through the members of the organization may tion is decidedly anti-Jew, anti-Cath- opposition to the organization. Some
the Free Press, that he thought none be able to assist the regular officers olic, anti-alien, and anti-negro. The ten days ago, an article appeared 'in
were in the University, this klans of the law in the apprehending of Free Press has been lodging many the Detroit Free Press in which Dean
man is a member of the faculty-.a criminals and the upholding and sus- claims of cruelty, unlawfulness, and -Henry M. Bates, of the Law School,
noted member of the faculty. He taiming of the laws, honor, and integ-, unpatriotic acts to the organization. made an eloquent appeal against the
granted an interview, which is print- hfu Klux Klin. It was widely quoted
ed above. The pursuit of finding more' throughout the country. He presented
Ku Kluxers waxed more exciting H ard W ork O n Shi S his ideas in such logical sequence
Three other prominent members of i that the New York World; credited
the faculty, upon the reception of an "with the origin of the campaign
oath of secrecy regarding their identi- ( I II c7 l ./IPI against the klan, wired him compli-
ty, admitted their connection with the menting on "the best interview
mysterious organization. And, with (By Bamilion Cochran) But the ways were many when there against the klan, we have seen."
surprising accuracy, each has placed It is a far cry from the quiet of a burred in the breast of a man the de- "An organization which deems it
the lowest number of klansmen at 50! college campus to the bustling deck of sire to tread foreign shores. Officials necessary to exist in secret as the Ku
From equally reliable sources, the in- a trans-atlantic liner, yet when col- of large steamship lines have many Klux Klan order appears to do has
formation has come that some 200 lege students are attacked by the im- friends, and among them the fathers in my opinion, no reason for existing
residents of Ann Arbor are also afihi- pulse to break away from the daily and uncles and cousins of college stu except in extraordinary times," said
ated with the famous body. grind of everyday existence for a sum- dents. Letters of introduction to these Prof. Ulrich B. Phillips, of the history
When were these men initiated into ser, the change is little heeded. The pompous executives sometimes actual- department. "At present, however,
the order? Who secured them as wanderlust is in their blood and the ly brought results. Then again, many there is absolutely no need for such
sembers? What is the Ku Klux Klan? prospect of hardships and even heavy forms of rhetoric came in handy to an order," he added.
It appears that the Knights of the work does not deter them from their university men who were fortunate The whole nation is watching the
Kit Klux Klan, Inc., was founded Oct. purpose to "see the world." enough to catch the ear of a shipping outcome of the campaign against the
26, 915 at Atlanta, by William Jo-: As soon as the hurry and worry of master. The gentle arts of argumen- klan. It is said that the leaders of the
seph Simmons, who is now the "Im- final examinations were over last tation, debate, cajolery, bluff, and in organization are to be taken to Wash-
perial Wizard," and "Emperor of the June, these dauntless adventurers, some rare cases bribery, were used to ington where they wil have to submit
Invisible Empire." It grew, from less hailing from almost every college and convince the reluctant skippers that to severe questioning. And, taken as
than 50 charter members, to more university in the land, made their way college men were just the ones theyI a whole, the situation locally will
than 600,000--men in every walk of to the sea coast in search of easy had been looking for to man their bear watching. There are more than
life, in every corner of the United means of conveyance across the West- ships. 50 klansmen in the faculty; there are
States. It is interesting to notice a ern ocean. The conveyance, however, With the exception of the few who many more among the townspeople
few of the aims and objects of the was not so easy as most of them had had had sea experience with the navy and students,-many are watching the
klan as the Imperial Wizard has an- supposed, for the seamen's strike had during the war, most of the collegi- outcome with interest, others with
Qounced them in the press of the na- put a serious crimp in shipping af- ans were terrible "landlubbers." Liv- various serious considerations, but all
tion. fairs in general, and ten howling sea- tng in inland towns, for the most part. appear to be eager for future devel-
"The Ku Klux Klan does not en- men clamored for every open job. f (Continued on Page Five) opments.

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