The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 35
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A Glimpse into Dallas County Election - 1922
"Since there is no concentrated head of county
government as in the case of the city, it may be
well worth while to consider the expediency of
appointing a citizens' committee at the meeting
Tuesday night and give to this committee
authority to visit the county courthouse and
inquire of every placeholder, from District
Judges, County Court Judges, County
Commissioners and on through the Sheriff's
office and Justices of the Peace down through
Constables and their deputies and make
searching inquiry concerning their affiliation or
sympathies with the cohorts of outlawry. While
there could be nothing official in the action of
such a committee, nor any power to compel
answers , the presence of a good stenographer
would at least enable them to get the replies of
such as refuse to answer proper questions.
Strong Medicine Necessary.
"Strong medicine is necessary for distempers of
this kind: and if the public prints should not
consider it expedient to publish a report of the
proceedings of the committee and its results, it
might be that an independent report published
by citizens themselves would serve a useful
"Let me ask you, if you please, to submit the
foregoing suggestions to our fellow-citizen, M.
M. Crane, a good man and true, who never loses
"In this concluding paragraph it may not be
amiss to mention that sixty years ago I was out
in a gray uniform in the bullet department of the
Confederacy and am now carrying a disfigured
eye, a weak leg and a deaf ear as mementos of
that service. A little later it became necessary to
participate to some extent in the operations of
the original klan and this emphasizes my
impatience of the hoodlums who are now
parading in our cast-off garments. Living in
those days and through those troublous times, I
am now too far advanced in life to participate
actively in public affairs, but must leave it to the
younger men whose hearts are in the right
Aims Are Given.
When asked Monday regarding the purpose of
the mass meeting Tuesday night, General Crane
issued the following statement:
"The aims and purposes of those calling the
meeting is to organize the good citizens of
Dallas County, without reference to religious
creed or party affiliation, to protect its citizens
from mob violence. We want to call our people
back to the faith of their fathers and point out
the only safe course to be pursued, and that is,
that no man shall be punished for a crime unless
he shall have had a public hearing before a
lawfully constituted tribunal and found guilty
thereby. In order to accomplish the purpose of
enforcing the law and protecting the citizens, we
must have officers who recognize the law of the
land as their only rule of action and who will
take no obligations that will conflict with their
duty as defined by the statutes of the State or the
ordinances of the city.
"It is believed by those who called the being
that the Ku Klux Klan does impose such
obligations on its membership as will prevent an
officer from discharging his legally oath-bound
duty to the State. The obligation of the Ku Klux
Klan, as pointed out in the call, requires its
members to unconditionally obey, not only the
laws of their klan, but the instructions of their
superior officers. I know of no other
organization that confers such an obligation.
All other organizations, of which I have any
knowledge or information, meet their candidates
upon the threshold with the assurance that the
obligations imposed upon them will be
subordinate to their duty to their God and to
"But the Ku Klux Klan seems to be without any
such conditions. To be sure, I do not know that
this oath has been correctly printed, but I have
never heard the correctness of the form so often
Fuller Strike Recalled.
"We certainly have not forgotten that but a few
years ago the police of Boston joined a labor
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