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Reveal Sale of ‘protocols’ Here Through Office of Wall St. Firm

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also anti-Semitic, but his objection to Jews is that, in his opinion, they refuse to assimilate when they come to this country. He would carry Hitler’s “Aryanization” scheme to the opposite extreme. He represents himself as an advocate of complete mongrelization as the sine qua non of Americanism.


While Riegel and Snow were talking in the latter’s office, the “true individualist” chanced to see a copy of the “Protocols” lying on a desk. Picking it up, he thumbed through it.

“Do you believe this tripe?” he asked Snow. “I consider it utter nonsense—an out – and – out fake. Honestly, when I see things like this, it makes me ashamed of us Gentiles.”

Snow winced perceptibly under this attack upon one of his favorite works of art.

“Some big men have told me it’s a bona fide document,” the ex-statistician replied.

Riegel snorted. “The trouble with us,” he said, “is, we give these Jews too much credit. We keep cracking them up as a smart race. I consider them anything but smart. Look at the stupid things their so-called leaders do.”


“Mebbe so, mebbe so,” Snow retorted, “but you have to admit they’ve got us. They’re running the show right now. Anywhere you look in the Roosevelt crowd, you find a Jew.”

This aroused Riegel’s ire. “Rot!” he exclaimed. Incidentally, Riegel is anti-New Deal much more vehemently than he is anti-Semitic. “We Gentiles ought to be ashamed of ourselves, building the Jews up to such importance. The administration is all Roosevelt. The Jews around him are incidental.”

Gradually the conversation drifted toward a stalemate. It became apparent that these two men, who had been brought together by a third person in the belief that they had something in common, were at odds on Snow’s pet subject.


Riegel, a tall, spare, rather distinguished-looked individual, probably in his early fifties, who looks somewhat like a Protestant clergyman, left to go to his Fifth avenue desk-space nook. Snow turned his attention to the reporter.

The Protocols peddler was very wary. He would divulge nothing of his past history, and insisted that the panoply of books and pamphlets which he hawks through the mails at a price of two dollars a set brings him no profit.

Examination of his suggested course of study of the menace of Communism indicated that he probably was telling the truth when he said he was selling virtually at cost.


In addition to the Protocols, his preferred reading list includes “The Red Network,” that rib-tickling little volume by Mrs. A. W. Dilling of Kenilworth, Ill., which purports to be a Who’s Who of dangerous “Reds” in this country and which actually includes almost every noteworthy name in the United States; “Red Justice,” by John E. Waters; Congressional Report No. 2290, Ham Fish’s report to the House on Communist activities in this country; Utley’s “On the Road to Moscow,” a speech made last March 20; “Are These Things So?” by Col. E. N. Sanctuary, who has won his spurs as a notorious anti-Semite, and who describes the above-mentioned volume as “being a study in modern termites of the homo sapiens type”; and several other equally choice morsels.

If Snow is being financed by other persons or is connected with any organized subversive group, he has thus far succeeded in concealing it.

His own explanation is that he “felt the call” to do a “great work” and gave up all business interests to devote himself to a one-man campaign to exterminate Jews and Communists.

What the cause needs, he admits, is a leader who could marshal all the forces of bigotry—this, of course, was not the word Snow used—under one banner.

“That man may be James True, head of ‘America First, Inc.,’ in Washington,” he suggested.

About True, Snow and Riegels, more anon.

(To Be Continued Tomorrow)

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