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

Chapter 9: The sheriff and the yellow fringe,   pp. 160-186 PDF (9.4 MB)

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believe the American Flag was red, white and blue. The yellow fringe had
no place on the National Flag. As to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan,
Guest acmitted that he was, but that it had no bearing on the situation.
He was interested in the Flag matter because he believed it to be his duty
as an American citizen. Guest had seen service in the Army and the Ilarines,
but never saw a yellow fringed Flag, and never took the time to give this
subject his consideration. Though he had no objection to gold, Guest was
not able to tell the difference between gold and yellow. As to what the Legion's
Flag stood for Guest explained that 
"I couldn't tell you what that did stand for with that yellow on it.''41
Ferris White, in his summation, stated it was the complainant's position
that Baker's duty was to quell disturbances which interferred with citizens'
rights. The Sheriff had an inkling earlier on September sixteenth that there
was to be a disturbance over the Legion's Flag--which 
was why his deputy was told to say or do nothing. Baker admitted to being
a Klansman. A number of individuals in the crowd also belonged to this organization.
The question was why Baker left the scene when he knew trouble was brewing.
Though there was a dispute as to the exact words of the Sheriff, the evidence
indicated that Baker had said something akin to ordering the disputed colors
struck. The 
41Testimony of Edward Guest, Commission Hearing, 
FBL, pp. 173-177. 

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