Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 6: incident at Northline, pp. 93-119 PDF (8.8 MB)
general disruption ensued. Klan speakers soon fled the scene. Under what appeared to be suspicious circumstances and as a final climax to the evening's proceedings, the Klan tent, with its appurtenances, burned to the ground. It was an incident which achieved instant notoriety and which resulted in acrimonious feelings for all involved. The St. Paul Dispatch described the incident as follows. The Klan tent was alleged to have been burned after the meeting ended in a near riot. Several hundred men were said to have protested against statements of an antiCatholic nature made by a Xlan speaker. One thousand persons had gathered to hear Alfred Brown. Father Rice was said to have gone to the platform protesting that the meetings, held at Northline for the past week, were anti-Catholic in nature. However, the lecturer attempted to continue. This was futile as there was then raised a great deal of commotion. The meeting ended with several encounters between opposing factions though none was serious. It was at this point that the Klan tent was burned.1 1St. Paul Dispatch, June 15, 1926, p. 1. In a postcrT)t To-the article, the Dispatch noted that Brown's remarks had been resented., Several days prior to the incident, a delegation of twenty-five women went to the place where Brovr was rooming with the demand that the landlady evict him. However, Brown volunteered to move to a different residence.
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