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A Glimpse into Dallas County Election - 1922
"And I am a member of most of the secret
fraternities, too." He declared. "I am a Shriner;
a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a
Knight of Pythias and an Odd Fellow,: he said.
Mr. Camp frequently referred to the "enemy
press" during his address and declared most
attacks by the fourteen to sixteen papers of the
country on the klan were led by the New York
World and The Dallas News.
He characterized The Dallas News as a "dirty,
slimy, Catholic-owned sheet."
"The Dallas News," he said, "is not actuated by
patriotic motives when they trained their guns
on the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, but
because The News saw an enemy in the klan."
The Dallas News and others of the "enemy
press," Mr. Camp said, are crying out "Masks,
masks," to divert the attention of the public
from the real issues at stake.
"The klan has never tarred or whipped an
individual, nor does it sanction such an act,:
Mr. Camp said.
Mr. Camp was introduced by the Rev. J. W.
Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist Church.
When Mr. Camp began speaking about 1,500
persons were in the auditorium, but many left
before he had finished his two and a half hours'
Says Daugherty Was Klansman.
Mr. Camp declared that Attorney General
Daugherty was a klansman, and that if the
President of the United States were not an
obligated klansman, his sympathies were with
Before the recent congressional investigation of
the klan, members were joining at the rate of
1,000 daily, he said, and declared that since the
investigation, "which gave the klan a clean shirt,
members are coming in at the rate of 2,500
He declared that the faculties of every
educational institution in Fort Worth were
members of the local klan.
Fort Worth and Tarrant County Judges,
officials, business men, bankers, merchants,
workers, and farmers are numbered in the ranks
of the Forth Worth klan, Mr. Camp said. More
than 6,000 representative citizens of the highest
type are members of the Fort Worth klan, Mr.
Camp declared, Only a few weeks ago, at the
time of the klan parade in Fort Wroth, local klan
officials estimated the strength of the klan here
at about 2,500 to 3,000, the speaker averred.
Citizens' League Meets Today
From the headquarters of the Citizens' League
of Liberty, a Fort Worth organization in
opposition to the klan, it was announced
Saturday that M. M. Crane of Dallas, will be
one of the speakers at a mass meeting to be
called next week by the League.
Mr. Crane agreed to speak at any time in Fort
Worth in defense of the principles laid down by
the League, in opposition to the Ku Klux tenets.
Former Governor O. B. Colquitt has been
invited to make an address at the mass meeting,
but no word has been received from him,
secretary J. W. Estes said.
A conference between committeemen and well
known Fort Worth Citizens will be held Sunday
afternoon in the Westbrook Hotel, following
which names of the board of advisors, selected
by Judge Tom Simmons, chairman of the
League of Liberty, will be publicly announced.
Another Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday
night, and the date for the mass meeting will be
announced then, Mr. Estes said.
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