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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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for the riot.63 Defense Attorney Doar, in a complete and 
total condemnation of the Klan, demanded that the cases be 
dismissed.64 As County Judge, Arnquist was only empowered 
to determine whether the defendants should be turned over 
to the Circuit Court for trial.65 Judge Arnquist in 
arriving at his decision, issued a ringing denunciation 
of the Klan. 
Said the Judge: 
"tIt is regrettable that any such organization should have come here....There
is no question 
but that it tends to make bitterness, strife 
and violence. There have been a number of 
such movements in the past, and many of them created violence....One cannot
blame Fr. Rice 
for being indignant at the charges of 
immorality made against him and the Catholic priesthood in Klan meetings
and hence cannot 
condemn him for going to the Klan tent when 
told, through bad judgement, that he was 
invited thert to defend himself against them. 
The doctrines for which the Klan stand 
are well known, and are antagonistic to 
those of the Catholic Church. Because of 
this, and the charges made against him, Fr. 
Rice was naturally against Klan. 
63Baldwin Bulletin, July 2, 1926, p. 1. 
64St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 30, 1926, p. le 
65St. Paul Dispatch, Junp 29, 1926, p. 1. William 
T. Doar, Jr., in a personal letter, said that "I remember my father
talking about tne Fr. Rice-Ku Klux Klan case. It was one of the highlight
casis of his legal career." As to his father's summation. "We do
not still have files that go back that f.r.... and therefore cannot provide
with a transcript of my father's argument to the jury." (Personal letter
of illiam T. Doar Jr. to John A. Turcheneske, Jr., January 12, 1971.5 

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