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Klansmen Gather for Parade at Capital; Masks Will Be Barred

September 14, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

“Admit nothing; give no figures: divulge no program,” is the slogan of the Klansmen with regard to the parade of the Ku Klux Klan to be held here today.

Incoming regular and special trains were bringing thousands of Klansmen to the Capital, for the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue at 5 o’clock this afternoon. Among the arrivals are great numbers of women, many of them in the uniform of the organization.

The first special train arrived yesterday evening from Florida and points in the South. In the city camping parks, where private signs are not permitted, the distinguishing Klan markers are not displayed. The motot vehicles do not bear “K. K. K.” or “Kigy,” but hundreds of American flags fly from radiator caps or other parts of the machines. In privately owned tourists’ camps the Klan markers are displayed.

The streets were well filled with Klan cars coming from half the States in the Union. Many of them were of the most costly makes. Local residents were struck with the character of the automobiles.

The attitude of Washington people toward the Klan demonstration is much more friendly than it was last year People not directly interested cons### it a harmless sort of demonstration that brings money to town. Hotels are bidding for their patronage. No hostility is manifested.

The only formal protests came from Negro organizations, and they were perfunctory. The discarding of the mask has made the order less dangerous, its opponents argue.

The parade which police officials say will exceed the Klan’s parade of last August, will mark the opening of the third bienniel “Klonvokation,” to be held here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting will bring here state and city delegates from all parts of the United States, Alaska and Panama. The chief purpose is to formulate policies for the ensuing year and to elect an imperial wizard and other national officers. The re-election of Dr. Wesley Evans is said to have been settled on months ago in secret conferences of the leaders.

It was also stated that one of the purposes of the conclave is to present to the national capital a demonstration which will rival the recent gathering of the Eucharistic Congress in Chicago.

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