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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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The New Richmond News, in its version of the incident, noted that the Klan
tent was destroyed by fire of an unknown origin "....together with the
piano, seats and everything.2 Prior to the fire a rather boisterous meeting
was held. "There was no storm during the night, so the tent evidently
was not struck by lightning."t2 The Spring Valley Sun said that 1000
were gathered to hear Alfred Brown. Brown was said to have challenged a Catholic
priest to answer him. Father Rice appeared with several hundred supporters.
 The priest proceeded to the platform after which a row developed. 3 
Warrants wero soon sworn out for the fourteen 
individuals suspected of being involved in the Klan tent burning., The warrants,
charging the suspects with disturbing a public meeting, were sworn out on
the complaint of J. H. Neff who was said to be the Ku Klux Klan organizer
at the meetings.' On Saturday, June nineteenth, eleven of the defendants
were arraigned before Judge Otto A. Arnquist at Hudson Court House. A-l concerned
pleaded not guilty. They were released on a one hundred dollar bond with
cases being adjourned until June twenty-eigkh. Attorney William T. Doar appeared
for the defense.4 
2New Richmond News, June 16, 1926, p. 1. 
3Spring Valley Sun, June 17, 1926, p. 1. 
4New Richmond News, June 23, 1926, p. 1. 

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