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Question Raised of Masks in Washington Klan Parade

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The third biennial “klonvocation” of the Ku Klux Klan, which is scheduled to take place here September 13, 14 and 15, has again raised the question whether the Order is permitted to parade in the national Capitol masked.

L. A. Mueller, Klan Kleagle for the District of Columbia, interviewed the Washington Chief of Police Hesse, suggesting that the District regulations concerning public parades in masks be amended, or that an exception be made for the Ku Klux Klan. The Chief of Police is reported to have expressed disapproval of the Klan’s parading in masks, pointing out that it would take at least 30 days to negotiate a change in the regulations. The District Commissioners, who have full authority, previously announced that they would leave the matter to the police. Under these circumstances, Kleagle Mueller withdrew without making any application for a permit to parade. The question whether the K.K.K is to stage a demonstration in Washington, as was done a year ago, is still to be debated by the national officials of the Order.

It is probable that the Klan will decide to march unmasked. It is also reported that the purpose of the klonvocation in Washington is to re-elect Hiram Wesley Evans, founder of the Klan, as the Imperial Wizard.

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