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any Dramatic Incidents Featured the V
Hearing During the Day as the Im. a
perial Wizard Denounced Charges
Before Rules Committee.
Washington, Oct. 113.--Closing an
all-day defense of the Ku Klux K'lan,
Williaim J. S innions, its imperial wiz
ard, toppled over in a chair today
while the chairman of a -ouse com
mittee investigating the order was
attemlpting to stop the applause which
broke before the crowd knew the
vizard had collapsed.
Friends of Mr. 'Simmons rushed to
his side and supplied stinlulants, but
as it was evident that he was in no i
-Condition to continue the examination,
the hearing, filled with many dramatic
Incidents during the day, wad ad
fourned until tomorrow. Physicians
later reported that Mr. Simmons' con
d1tion was not serious.
Pundled u..) about the chest, Shn
oalins retur.d to -the afternoon ses
slon unsteady of feet,' his voice hoarse
but apparently eager to denounce,
what lie characterized as outrageous
charges against the onganization he
founded in Georgia five years go.
A solemn stillness previled at times
w'hile the wizard,. holding aloft the
ritual of the Klan, read parts of the
oath taken by Klanamen. And, then
in husky tones he told the committee'
that 'while 'Julius Caesar had his
Brutus and Washington his Benedict
Arnold, lie, too, as imperial wizard of
the Ku Klux, could enter that fellow
ship because he had suffered from the
treasonable conduct of those within.
"If this organization is unworthy
then let me know and'I will destroy It."
he exclaimed, "but if it,is not, then lot
it stand."
Turning to the crowd Simmons de
clared he wanted to "call upon the
Father to forgive those who had per
secuted the Klan," and as the words
left his lips lie tumbled into a heap.
The first dramatic incident of the
day was the sudden appearance of
Senator Thomas E. Watson, of Geor
gia, #who, edging his way throurgh the
crowd, stepped up and seized the wiz
ard by the hand. Whispering some
thkAng, he turned and sat down, but a
moment later lie was on his feet, de
manding the right to question the wit
ess in "the interest of fair play."
'Chairman Campbell broke in to say
that the witness was getting that, and
that it was not in line with regulat
Plenty of
sit a Va]
Ito have
S This is where w<
any style Fur you
In the;
-An im-pressive a
great demand thh
of colors so exte
casion important,
>rocedure. to permit luestions by out
'Senator Watson insisted that he had
he right, first announcing, however, t
hat it was not in line 'with regularil
rocedure to permit questions by those
n sympathy wit'h its alms, and the
hairman cut through the colloquy by
Lrecting the senator to proceed. The
enator merely asked the wizard if he
Lnew of the- big salaries being voted
>y Congress for shipping board law
,ers, reaching as high as $35,000, which
lie people had to iay. With that Mr.
Watson left.
Through the testimony of Mr. Simu
nons, the committee learned that the
otal membership of the Klan, herald
)d as having passed the half million
nark, actually was around 90,000. The
1vitness declared that its growth east
ind west had been greater than in the
south, -but his illness prevented qeus
lIoning designed to bring out facts
bearing on some of the present strong
holds of the organization. Asked if he
had not claimed "a million member
ship," Mr. Simmons smilingly replieqd
lie night have done so, but that he 'was
speaking generally, not by the card.
Representative Garrett, Democrat,
Tennessee, took the witness in hand'to
find out something about its revenues
and profits, asking if the membership
fees had been'listed as donations rather
than fees to ,prevent collection of fed
eral corporatios taxes. Simmons re
plied there was never a .thought of
that, declaring that when the tax law
first became effective he went to the
revenue office at. Atlanta and was in
formed that the Klan did not come
under the law.
"It it does, it is not my fault," the
wizard saiO, "and it it is shown we are
liable, we stand ready to meet our ob
!Denying huge profits from the sale of
robes, the 'witness declaring that less
than thirty per cent of the Klansmen
owned regalia.
"Our robes are not worn for the pur
pose of terrorizing people," he s'houted
"they are as Innocent as the breath of
an angel."
The witness was pressed by Chair
man Campbell for an explanation of
the recent clash between a sheriff and
march Klansmon near Waco, Texas
and while he replied that his informa.
tion was based largely upon newspapel
reports, lie added, that the parade ha(
-been authorized by the mayor, and tha
style, all the
[ue such as c
one of thes
Scan 3upply you in mnost
want, and at most reas
3ilk Sec~xon
Toray of Siaks that are in
season, and in a variety
[sive as to make the oc
at these low prices.
lie sheriff, in Attempting to stop it a
seemed under the influence of liquor." I
limmons said he had called for an of
Icial report, but that it had not been
'When the imperial wizard was
bout -to read the oath of the Klan, I
lie committed, after a whispered con
erence, announced that he need not t
livulge it .unless he feit so inclined.
t 'was placed in the record after cor
aln paragraphs had been read. It
1howed that members bound them
ielves to "be truly Klannish toward
Klansinen in all things honorable,"
mnd that a man could not violate his
)ath except in testifying in cases of
reason against his country, rape or
nalicious murder, as read by the
vizard. It also pledged allegiance to
,he United States government, "and
ife, property and the vote to uphold
ng the flag, the constitition and con
stituted law unto death."
In voting, the witness declared the
ritual called for support of men
known to be patriotic, above party.
Among the exhibits presented were
telegrams to 'President Harding and
Attorney General Daiugherty, urging
an -investigation of the Klan, both of
whom replied, tho wizard said, that
they would give the question due
The imperial wizard di'played an
evidence of anger in taking up -print
ed charges that Mrs. Elirzabeth Hyler,
employed by the Klan's propagating
department at Atlanta, 'Swas its Su
prenie boss."
"Tat's an absurd untruth," he de
clared. "Mrs. Tyler is not my boss
and in handling this order I am not
a figurehead."
Discussing the membership restric
tions, Simmons said;
"I want to state emphatically, and
in the fear of God, that the Mlan is
not an anti-Catholic order.'
"But you don't pernit Catholicts to
join," said Representative Rodenberg
Republican, Illinois.
"That is true, but the Knights 01
Columibus; only admits Catholics," he
replied. "We antagonize no man's re
ligion. I have heard of only one cas
where a Kleagle circulated anti-Cath
olic propaganda, and he was instantl)
"We are not anti-Jewish. Any Jev
who can subscribe to the tenets of thi
Christian religion -An get in. We ar<
not anti-negro. Scores of other fra
ternal organizations will not admi
negroes. We are not anti-foreign-born
- we merely require that members mus
be native-born Americans."
IMr. Simmons told the 'commnitte(
that parading Klansmen were ; no
vals c
most wante
omes but on
~e suits or
I Rarely does one
tailoring and fine
so low in price. .
choose from.
Shoes Fo
Fall Shoes, high
new lasts and style
pick from in all le&
R ope
upposed to carry arms, that the or
anization always complied with lo
al parade regulations, that many.
arades had been permitted in At
anta and that neither the mayor nor
shief of police of that city -was a
"They say that the Klan sends
hreatening letters," he added. "I
night say here that I have received
iundred of threatening letters, tell
ng me I had been picked out for
;laughter. Well, I guess this Irish
nan was picked out as a target by
somebody else, for Kiansmen would
sot attempt to shoot their old wiz
A Minute Later in Duel with lHer Son
He is Ilimiiself Killed.
Wrightsville, Ga., Oct. 16.-.Roger
Gatlin, 40, garage owner of Fitzgerald,
Ga., drove uo to the front gate of the
residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs.
William Snell, here, at 5 o'clock this
afternoon, calmly walked from his au
tomobile to the front porch wherel
Mrs. Snell was sitting and shot her
through the head. She died instant
In a duel a minute later with Mrs.
Snell's son, Marvin, Gatlin himself
was shot and killed before he had time
to leave the porch.
Gatlin moved to Fitzgerald three
months ago and his wife refused to
accompany him, it was said. Ile
blamed his mother-in-law for her
Last Friday Gatlin appeared here
and ever since he had been trying to
persuade his wife to return to him, it
was said.
Arriving at the Snell home, a mile
and a half from this city, at 5 o'clock
this afternoon, he was told "Clio 1s
at her brother's, two miles away."
Gatlin drewi a pistol, pressed tht
muzzle against ,Mrs. Snell's right ten.
ple and pulled the trigger, the bullel
passing through her head.
Marvin Snell, a son of Mrs. Snell
grasped a shotgun and ran from tlU
rear of the house, takig up a stant
at the side of the ,porch. There h4
exchanged shots with Gatlin, the lat.
ter being killed, although (atlin
emptied his pistol without woundini
Snell. The shots could be heard here
a mile and a half away.
No arrest was made and lno in
(luest was held. B1oth bodies are ii
the. same undertaking establishmen
if Rea
d materials,
ce a season.
coats at SU(
Fall Suits
rind such perfection of
quality fabrics in suits
01l sizes and models to
or low cut, in all the
s, and a big selection to
ther lines.
r Cc
After Every Meal
Sealed TIffit Kept Right
StIll 5c
WRIGLEV'S has steadily
kept to the pre-war price.
And to the same high stand
ard of quality.
No other goody lasts so
long-costs so little or does
so much for you.
Handy to carry-beneficial
in effect-full of flavor-a
solace and comfort for
YOung and old.
and every coat and coat
You certainly ought
an attractive price.
Kid Gloves
In all the new shades, in both long and
short. Price right.
Cretons and Draperies
This department is where we can sup
ply your wants, as we have just received
the largest line of Cretons and Draperies
ever brought to Laurens. See them while
they are new.

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