The Laws of Texas, 1923-1925 [Volume 22] Page: 1,141 of 1,648
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GENERAL LAWS. 213
PROHIBITING PERSONS FROM APPEARING IN PUBLIC
PLACES MASKED OR DISGUISED AND DEFINING
SUCH PUBLIC PLACES.
H. B. No. 67.] CHAPTER 63.
An Act prohibiting the doing of acts hereinafter recited, to-wit(a)
Going into or near any public place masked or disguised and
defining a public place.
(b) Going masked or disguised into or near any private house, or
who demand or seek entrance therein, or disturb the inhabitants
(c) Going masked into a church or other place where people are
assembled for religious purposes or services.
(d) The acting in concert of two or more persons when masked
or disguised, or the aiding or abeting by said persons of each other,
and the assaulting, when so disguised, by such persons of any other
person, or the false imprisonment by such person of any other person.
(e) The parading of any secret society or organization or a part
of the members thereof, when masked or disguised upon or along any
public road, or any street, or alley of any city or town of this State,
and declaring equally guilty other members of such society who aid,
abet or encourage such parading, and declaring them to be offenses;
and defining and fixing penalties for violation of the provisions of this
Act, and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. If any person shall go into or near any public
place masked or disguised in such manner as hide his identity
or render same difficult to determine, he or she shall be guilty
of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction fined in any sum not
exceeding $500.00 or imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding
twelve months, or by both such fine and imprisonment
provided this article shall not apply to private or public functions,
festivals or events not fostered, caused or presented by
any secret society or organization.
SEC. 2. Any "public place" as used in the preceding article
is any public road, street, or alley of a town, city, or any store,
garage, workshop, or any place at which people are assembled
or to which people commonly resort for purposes of business,
amusement, or other lawful purposes, other than a church or
other place where people are assembled for religious services
SEC. 3. If any person who is masked or disguised in such
manner as to hide his or identity, or as to render same difficult
to determine shall go into or near any private house, or shall
demand or seek entrance therein or disturb any of the inhabitants
thereof, he shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction
thereof shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary
for a term of not less than one nor more than ten years; provided
this article shall not apply to persons attending social
gatherings in private homes where social custom sanctions the
wearing of a mask or disguise.
SEC. 4. If any person masked or disguised in such manner
as to hide his identity or make same difficult of determination
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1923-1925 [Volume 22], book, 1925; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15500/m1/1141/: accessed May 11, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .