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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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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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