The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 36
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A Glimpse Into Dallas County Elections - 1922
organization. It seems that the laws of the labor
organization compelled those policemen to go
on a strike whenever a strike was called by the
proper authorities. This left the citizens without
protection. The then Governor of
Massachusetts acted promptly and vigorously,
and it was finally determined that no Boston
policeman should belong to any organization
whose obligations conflicted with his duties as
defined by law. People of the entire Nation,
labor unions and all with a very few exceptions,
applauded the act of that Governor, and those in
power in the old Bay State.
"Later the question was being discussed in
Dallas as to whether the police force should
become members of the labor union. It was
unanimously held, so far as I was able to
discover, and that without reference to the
question of the open shop or closed shop, that a
policeman or any other officer had no right to
join a labor organization, if that labor
organization obligated him to quit work when
they said quit, or if he put himself under their
command in any particular whatsoever because
the officers charged by law with the protection
of the lives, liberties and property of the citizens
must make no conflicting commitments. They
must obey the law and the law only.
"In view of that decision so recently reached by
the general public, is it not marvelous that any
man should now be permitted to fill any office if
he has taken an obligation to obey instructions
received from someone on the outside, though
those instructions may conflict with the law."
"This condition has been emphasized by the
Austin incident, where a Police Commissioner
refused to answer the questions propounded to
him in the grand jury room, refusing to disclose
who the members of the Ku Klux Klan were,
although it was deemed by the court to be
"Since the call for the meeting has been issued I
have been advised that this Police
Commissioner says he will not answer the
questions. Perhaps he has not been correctly
reported, but it shows the possibilities of putting
a man in power who defies the law that he has
sworn to enforce, and makes himself the slave
or servant of an invisible government that seeks
to dominate the citizenship of this great county.
To Correct Situation.
"Our mass meeting Tuesday night is for the
purpose of correcting the situation outlined. It
should be added that those calling the meeting,
without exception, so far as I am advised,
recognize the fact that many good men have
joined the Ku Klux Klan under a
misapprehension of its purposes and plans.
Those purposes and plans were carefully
concealed from them under the general
suggestion that they wanted to organize in favor
of 100 per cent Americanism.
"That appealed to the boys just home from the
war, and it appealed to some of the relatives and
friends who could not go to the war, but who
were thoroughly in sympathy with those boys.
"They also had a general declaration in favor of
the enforcement of the laws, but they concealed
from those good citizens the fact that they
arrogated to themselves the right to punish
people without legal trial. They then appealed
to the religious prejudices of the people. They
made these good men believe that it was
necessary to organize against the negroes, the
foreign-born citizens, the Catholics and the
"The un-American feature of that is plainly
apparent. If Alexander Hamilton, the great
American statesman, were living, he could not
be a Ku Klux, although he helped to lay the
foundation of the Government, because he was
born outside the United States.
"The same can be said of some of the best
soldiers and officers of the Continental Army.
If John Wesley or Charles Spurgeon were living
to day and made citizens of the United States,
they could not become Ku Klux because born
on foreign soil.
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