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SHALL I DEFY LAW OR BEAK UP MY HOME?
BY ROBERT MONTGOMERY
Paris, Ky., July 6. A man with
out a race!
Shunned by his white relatives,
pitied by his friends, white and black,
Maxie Kohler, well-to-do Paris con
tractor, a white man, and his negro
family are today facing a dilemma
which threatens to wreck his life and
break his wife's heart.
Kohler, who until a few days ago
believed himself a negro, hag discov
ered he is white.
His sister and other relatives from
whom he has been separated since
childhood and who recently disco
e -stJ h'. whee. 'oour, horriOed by
m intei -racial msmiogo. t tinged
their aaores&es and reiuse to com
municate with him.
In the face of all, driven from his
adopted race by circumstances over
which he had no control, his mar-
About 12 years ago he left the
farm and came to Pans, where he be
came a brick mason and later en
tered the contracting business. He
prospered, married and accumulated
a modest fortune.
His home was a happy one, he was .
a good husband and a kind father to
his children, a 5-year-old boy and
Then out of the sky came the
knowledge he was born of white
The medium' was a Cincinnati
newspaper carrying an advertise
ment asking information of his
whereabouts. He answered and in
a few days reeivpd a letter from s
small town in Oklahoma The wrji
21 was his sister "
In the correspondence wnich fol
lowed Kohler told "her of his sup
posed negro blood and asked her for
proofs that he was really a Caucas-
riage made illegal by the Kentucky ia"' . ,,??? """ i'"w
hw avnJdPd hv his own . Knhw Sphs of his father and mother and
law, avoided by his own race, Kohler
declares he will not desert his wife
Kohler's life is like a page put of
When 8 years old be and his sis
ter were taken from a Gincinnati or
phanage and adopted by Nat C. Rog
ers, wealthy Kentucky landowner.
Their nearly childhood with the Rog
ers family was happy. When their
foster father died they went to live
with his son. Roseberry Rogers,
wherg they were again treated as
members of the family.
The boy's happiness was short
lived. After the deathof Roseberry
Rogers he was driven from the
house, told he was a negro and must
associate with other negroes on the
farm. He did not know what became
of his sister.
Kohler was too young to investi
gate his parentage, and, accepting
the statement as- true, went to work
is a farmhand and lived with the
blacks on the farm. i
convinced Kohler that he really was
white. Letters from other relatives
Then Kohler wrote -of his negro
wife and babies. The answers broke
his' heart. Hfs relatives changed their
addresses and refused to have any
thing more to do with him.
"What "can I. do?"
That is Kohler's problem. Ken
tucky laws forbid intermarriage be
tween whites and blacks. In reality
his children are fatherless.
If he leaves Baris he must give up
the business he has given years to
If he stays -he must abandon his
wife and children or live outside the
Unwelcomed by whites and blacks
alike, what can Kohler do?
He is indeed a man without a race.
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