The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 39
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A Glimpse into Dallas County Election - 1922
P. P. McDermott.
Mrs. P. P. McDermott.
J. W. Howerth.
F. C. McClung.
William L. Maynard.
A. P. Bums.
J. D. Dickerson.
Mrs. Thomas W. Dale.
Judge Cecil L. Simpson.
Dave L. Hunt.
R. W. Culbertson.
S. E. Brin.
E. C. McClain.
E. C. Theriot.
M. H. Brantley.
Edw. R. Graber.
J. D. Geeteh.
W. H. Gillespie.
L. R. Smith.
M. A. Lankford.
Gus J. Rosenberg.
E. S. Keebaugh.
W. A. Campbell.
Tonight's Meeting and Its Significance
Not all the citizens of Dallas "who are not
klansmen" will be able to get into the
auditorium of the City Hall tonight. But that
fact ought not to keep any one who is not a
klansman from going to the City Hall tonight.
Nor will it keep anyone who appreciates the
importance of the movement there to be put on
foot. Such will feel that they owe their presence
to swell the overflow and so help to make the
demonstration worthy of the occasion. That
service can be rendered as well outside as inside
the auditorium. For while the specific purpose
of the meeting is to consider what shall be done
"in the emergency that now confronts us," its
larger purpose is to lift the disgrace that has
been brought on Dallas by showing that they
who have committed that sin against it are but a
remnant of the city's population.
This is to be a concourse of the citizens of
Dallas "who are not klansmen," Jew and
Gentile, Protestant and Catholic, and neither -
Americans without distinction of birthplace,
unsworn to King, potentate or Imperial Wizard,
loyal singly to the laws of the State and Nation,
holding themselves amenable only to
constituted courts and their processes. It is to be
an assemblage of citizens imbued by a love of
Dallas with a spirit of comradeship that give
tolerance. We have need of such a
revivification of what we have been proud to
call the "Dallas spirit."
If fault might be found in that stern and splendid
address calling this meeting it would be that it
does not mention this threatened destruction of
the "Dallas spirit" in listing the dangers that the
Ku Klux Klan has brought on the community.
Perhaps the omission was not inadvertent. It
may have been due to the belief that the power
to remove that danger does not lie with those
who are to meet tonight, but rather with those
who have given occasion for the meeting.
And it is to them indeed that this particular
matter does make its appeal. It will not be
gainsaid by any member of the Ku Klux Klan
that that organization has brought strife into
Dallas: animosities and resentments, suspicions
and distrusts of which the community had been
free of before its advent. It has made a blaze out
of the dying embers of racial and religious
prejudices, a blaze which if not soon
extinguished must consume the altar at which
we have all gathered to offer our civic
devotions. It has given an ear to the slanderer
and a deadly and cowardly weapon to wreak a
This particular danger, those who are to
assemble tonight can not put down. Their task
is to combat the political menace which results
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