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Daily Digest of Public Opinion on Jewish Matters

[The purpose of the Digest is informative: Preference is given to papers not generally accessible to our readers. Quotation does not indicate approval.-Editor.]

Only “a good strong push,” declares the New York “Times,” is necessary for overturning the edifice of the Ku Klux Klan and hence the paper believes that.

“The decision against the Ku Klux Klan in New York will have the effect of encouraging revolts against the order in the States where fear of it remains strong. In still other States the defeats it has sustained will be confirmed, and its efforts to recover lost ground, as in Texas, will be rebuked and stopped.

“The grounds set forth by Judge Pound for what amounts to the suppression of the Klan in New York are tenable everywhere. The Klan is, in fact, a vulnerable edifice and only a good, strong push is required for overturning it. The leaders are at war among themselves in many places over the division of the spoils, and already the order has lost most of the fairly respectable members, who were inveigled into it on the plea of barding for the defense of the country and its institutions from imaginary foes.”

The ruse of the Klan in New York State which incorporated as a “benevolent” order and thus evades the Walker law is discussed by the “Day,” which observes:

“Thereby the Klan fooled the state, fooled its laws and fooled especially the Walker law. The latter sought to abolish the secrecy of the Klan and it was believed that that had been accomplished and that the Klan would no longer be able to exist.

“Now the same problem remains: how to find a legal way to curb the pernicious organization.

“One thing is certain: the Klan must not be permitted to exist as a secret organization in any form whatsoever.”

THE JEWISH MAYOR OF CINCINNATI

The new reform Mayor of Cincinnati, Murrary Seasongood, who is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College, is the subject of numerous newspaper comments. The “Literary Digest” of Jan. 16 quotes among others the “Times-Star” of Cincinnati as follows:

“Of the new Mayor, who has been the leader in the fight for the new charter, the Cincinnati ‘Times-Star’ says: ‘Mr. Seasongood is a man of great intolerance and high prejudice in his personal relations.’ Yet ‘The Times-Star’ feels that he has a sort of background which will enable him to make good appointments. This Cincinnati daily ‘has never questioned the good intentions of the new Mayor.’ On the whole, ‘it will be rather pleasant’ to ‘The Times-Star’ to see him removed from the role of critic and bearing some of the responsibilities of city government.’ “

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