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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
([1971])

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


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Catholics earlier in the year, that I stood ready to 
meet any place, any time, any anti-Catholic lecturer as long as I was given
a fair show and fair hearing for debate. That was sometime in March, and
I believe you were present in the Catholic church the same night -0r. Kirk,
because I saw you."60 
Replying to defense Attorney's Doar's question on a 
printed challenge, Father Rice said that he had one in his possession which
read as follows. "....'as a rule I debate only with priests but due
to the fact that Father Fassbender is too big a coward to meet me in open
debate, I will be 61 
glad to meet your man Emil E. Holms....'"    As to the Pastor's feelings
toward Hudson's Protestant comuaaity, Rice testified that "....my experience
generally is the Protestant people are as fine people as there is in 
Ameri6a; I want no religious bigotry."52 Thus was concluded the priest's
testimony in the matter. 
In his suin-ation for the State, Kirk deianded that all defendants be bound
over to the Circuit Court for trial. Fsther Rice was said to be -norally
responsible. 
60Testimony of Father Peter Rice, Preliminary Hearing, p. 88. 
61Ibid. 
62 
Ibid., p. 89. 


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