Representative Samuel dickstein, whose resolution calling for the creation of a special congressional committee to investigate Nazi activities in this country is still awaiting action at Washingtion, said yeaterday that he is extending the scope of his investigation to a number of recently created American Fascist groups
He delared that among the most recent organizations seeking a foothold in New York are the “Crusaders for Economic Liberty,” under the leadership of George W. Christians of Chattanooga, Tem.
“I learn that Christians has applied to Albany for a New York charter for his group,” Dickstein said, “and until I learn more about them I am asking that their application be held up.”
Another group now under the dickstein spotlight is the “Order of ’76,” headed by Royal Scott Gulden, in New York. The congressman said he is investigatmg the affairs of the group with a view toward ascertaining their policies and possible connections with foreign agencies of Fascism.
Gulden’s group is recognized as being anti-semitie and eager to clean up “Jewish lawlessness’ in the United States. The leader of the group has also issued statements indicating that he intends instituting his own method or bringing to justice Jews and otheres not of Aryan lineage. The principal plank in the platform of the “Order of ’76” is to “return America to Americans.”
While Christian does not profess to be anti-Semitic, it is understood that he has received offers of support from Nazi groups in this country. Hius movement also embraces an anti – gold – standard plank.
Oscar Pfaus of Chicago, head of the Germanic Alliane, has sought to help the Crusader movement with support from his own groups. An officer of the Alliiance wrote to Christians assuring him that “just as Germans today say ‘Heil Hitler!’ so shall Americans in the future say, ‘Hail Christians!’ “