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TRADE UNIONISM AND
THE KU KLUX KLAN
John Kirkby, jr., president of
the National association of Man
ufacturers, yesterday relieved his
feelings by comparing trades
unionism to the Ku Klux Klan.
He pointed to the dynamiting
of the Los Angeles Times as
proof of that comparison.
Of course, because of the spleen
and prejudice without which Mr.
Kirkby- seems incapable of talk
ing, his utterances are not really
of great irhportance.
But one in a while, they're in
teresting as is this one when fol
lowed to its logical conclusion.
What was the Ku Klux Klan?
It was a midnight organiza
tion formed by a few of the'mo're
desperate and more unjustly
treated men of the South after
the close of the Civil War.
It was formed at a time when
the lowest politicians of the
North -long since repudiated by
the North were in control of
These politicians, known as'
carpetbaggers, were selfseekers
of the basest sort, and they held
not only the reins of government,
but absolute sway over the
They cared not for justice; they
cared not for the reconstruction
of the South. They cared for one
thing only their own monetary
advantages, wrung from a suffer
And they used the machinery
of the government and of the
courts for that base purpose.
' And it was because of these
men, because they saw their
homes desecrated and themselves
deprived of every right of free
born men, that a few of'the more
desperate spirits of the South or
ganized themselves into the Ku
Does Mr. Kirkby, having madg
the comparison, admit the con-
Does he admit that the business
interests he represents so faith
fully have so oppresaed the work
ers of the nation that it has been;
necessary for the more desparate.
of the workers to form a Ku Klux
Klan for the avenging of their,
wrongs by dark and midnights
"Does, he admit that the inter
ests he serves have the govern
ment of the nation in their hands
and are using it for their own sel
Does he admit that "Business"
so controls the courts that jus
tice is denied the workers in
Dpes he admit that the rights
of the workers are being tram
pled upon, and the homes of the
workers outraged, as were the
rights and tfie home of the-peo-pie
of the South in that dark pe
riod in American history imme
diately following the Civil War?
If Mr. Kirkby does admit
these things, then it is high time
the people of the United States
arose in their wrath and kicked
the interests Mr. Kirkby repre-
sents out of the control of the
government and the courts of the
And if he does not admit these,