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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin

Chapter 6: incident at Northline,   pp. 93-119 PDF (8.8 MB)

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Chapter 6 
During the second weck of June, 1926, there were 
rumblings within the Hudson, isconsin Catholic community to the extent that
some kind of protest was to be registered against the Ku Klu:c Klan's Northline
meetings. 'Torthline, approximatelr three miles northeast of Hudson, was
a way station on the old Omah a Railroad. This location was also the juiction
at which the branch line veered north for Superior bound trains. The Klan
tent, located about one mile east of this junction, was pitched on a rented
plot of ground. It was a clear salubrious June evening, the night the Catholics
chose to 
make their stand. At approximately eight o'clock on the evening of June 14,
1926, the Knights of the Ku Klu:- K'lan began to assemble for their meeting.
The Catholic delegation, marching enmasse as a body, soon arrived. 
Argtuents ensued and, to the dismay of the Klansmen, the Catholics managed
to gain access to the tent. Father Peter Rice, Pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic
Church at Hudson, arrived soon thereafter. The priest approached the stage
with the purpose of proving false the Klan attacks on the Catholic Church.
Father Rice failed in 
his attempt to prove the falsity of the Klan's attacks and 

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