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1949_10_22--017_SP Truth About the Klan

Un a57; Uni 331 111 1 1 -11 -ctim" THE SATURDAY EVENING POST 123 The Klan may be growing like a house afire, as Spinks, Roper and Morris all attest. But many a man once sympathetic to the order or active in its works now stands ready to help put the fire out. In Alabama, both the prosecutor who launched the flogging probe and the judge who sternly charged the summer grand jury which continued the investigation were former members of the Klan. The process of reviving the Klan has followed a fairly rigid pattern. First an organizer, representing the Roper, Morris or Spinks interests, shows up in the community. He looks up old leaders of the defunct Klan of the '20's and begins to feel them out. If they appear interested, an organization meeting is held. Some undistinguished but respected citizen — rarely one of the top men in the community—is named Exalted Cyclops, the head of the Klavern. A man who writes a good, clear, legible hand is named Kligrap, or Secretary. A Kladd, or ritualist who will conduct the "aliens" through the " naturalization " ceremony, is chosen. A trustworthy individual who has a good head for figures is named Kiabee, or Treasurer. A minister is picked to serve as Kludd, or chaplain. In the old days this was usually a Baptist preacher. Today, because the Klan finds it difficult to interest top-flight citizens, the Kludd is likely to be a member of one of the more fire-snorting sects or an unordained and self-appointed evangelist who works during the week and preaches on Sunday wherever he can find an audience. When the Klan is finally organized and functioning within the Klavern, it begins tentatively to test its strength and the temper of the community. Small stickers mysteriously appear on buildings, showing a masked rider on a rearing horse. Underneath is the legend: "Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Here yesterday, today and for- 74/0&00,10/4/ERS' cdeide/ogilfi FLOWERS-BY-WIRE are the perfect 'thank you' after football and weekend parties or other special occasions. At mI F • Dress by Hannah Troy YOU BE THE JUDGE RN ARNOLD J. RARER THE real reason that Gaston's restaurant was the favorite eating place in town was Gaston, himself. He had a talent for the kind of food and conversation that makes customers come back. So when he decided to sell his thriving business to two ex-servicemen named Joe and Mike, they insisted on a clause in the contract which excluded him from openi ng another restaurant within a 500-yard radius for ten years. Within a year, Gaston was tempted out of retirement by the offer of another café at a price so reasonable that he couldn't refuse it. He felt sure the café was more than 500 yards from his old restaurant, but to be on the safe side he paced it off and found it was 2010 feet. Before he knew it, he was back in business. The operators of his old business soon knew it too. After losing a number of customers to him, they sued for breach of contract. A surveyoi whom they engaged testified that it was only 1470 feet, or 490 yards, in a straight line from Gaston's old establishment to his newly purchased café. But, Gaston replied, that is as the crow flies. Anybody who walks it, instead of flying over buildings, will find that it is nearly 700 yards by the shortest route. He maintained that he had not broken the contract. If you were the judge, would you make Gaston pay damages to Joe and Mike? * * Gaston lost. Although the lower court agreed with Gaston that "it is impossible for human beings to travel between the said businesses by a straight line," the Supreme Court reversed this ruling. It said * * since the contract did not state how the distance was to be measured, the common definition of a radius as a straight line must apply. Bailed on a 1939 decision by the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. Hostesses love FLOWERS-BY-WIRE A gorgeous bouquet or a lovely plant, dewy fresh and specially packaged, will please your hostess mightily. Costs so little ... says so much High quality FLOWERS-BY-WIRE are priced from $5.00 up (plus telegraph charges). Place your order only with a FLORIST who VII., I b“se 1 1%;” ht.% R F 0 displays the Winged Mercury Emblem. That Emblem means we guarantee satisfaction. Send FLOWERS . . . they express friendly thoughts best! Slew-irk FLOWERS -BY- II IRE FLORISTS' TELEGRAPH DELIVERY ASSOCIATION, 149 Michigan Ave., Detroit 26, Michigan


1949_10_22--017_SP Truth About the Klan
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