The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 4, 1965 · Page 9
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 9

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, November 4, 1965
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Merry-Go-ltound By Drew Pearson WASHINGTON - One amazing aspect of the Ku Klux Klan is that it has escaped investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee until recently. Nothing could be more un- American than spreading racial and religious bigotry, flogging and murdering fellow Americans, and terrorizing women and children by night, Yet the House Un-American Activities Committee, which has probed almost everything ranging from a Quaker schoolteacher at Newton Square, pa., to the Knights of the White Camellia, has shied away from probing the Klan until this week. The FBI has done a competent job and kept the Klan under its watchful eye. It helped to break up an assassination plot by the "Secret Six" in 1964 when the Vice Mayor of Atlanta, Sam Massell, and Morris Abram, Jewish attorney in Atlanta, were the object of a Secret Six plot. Again early in 1965 a plot was hatched in Georgia for the assassination of Martin Luther King. The FBI was tipped off and the plot was frustrated. Still the Un-American Activities Committee failed to investigate. It has long been dominated by Southern Congressmen. However, it was finally a Southerner, liberal Charles Weltner of Georgia, who has a member of the committee repeatedly demanded an investigation, which finally tipped the balance in favor of the probe which started this week. Chairman of the committee is Ed Willis of Louisiana, where the Klan has long dominated Bogalusa. Belatedly Willis appears to be doing a competent job of investigation. - o - —VERSATILE VENABLE— Continuing the roll call of the Klans, the chief rival of the United Klans of America, Inc., is fie'.'^aUonai Knights of the Ku Klux Wan, Inc., important chiefly because it is headed by James R. Venable, long-time Atlanta attorney for various Klan Interests. Significantly, he has also acted as attorney for the Black Muslims. : This man, so versatile that he can represent both the white- hating Muslims and the black- hating Hansmen, lives in the shadow of the Klan shrine at Stone Mountain, Ga. He is plump, has gray hair, blue eyes and a ruddy complexion and is given to violent talk. He has claimed that the time has come to hang a few people, both white and black, to let the nation know that the Ku Klux Klan means business. ' For many years Venable kept his Klan connections secret and .operated as head of the "Defensive Legion of Registered Americans," and worked closely with the "Christian Voters and Buyers League." But in 1960 Venable came into the open as a Klan leader and began to promote a federation of Klans. He was not too successful in this, his main competitor being Imperial Wizard Bob Shelton and the United Klans. Venable has been able to affiliate the Federated Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc., whose Grand' Dragon is William Hugh Morris of Buchanan, Ga,; the U. S, Mans; Knights of the Ku Klux Han, Inc., whose Grand Dragon is H, L. Jones of Jonesboro, Ga., and the Association of Georgia Klans. While Venable 1 s actual membership is small, he is reported to have about 5,000 supporters through various affiliates. •• Q — Dixie Wans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan - This is sort of a family Klan headed by Imperial Wizard Jack William Brown of Chattanooga, Tenn., a 55-year old irpn welder, His son, Jack Leon Brown, is the Imperial KUgrapp, and a brother-in-law Jesse Qross, is the Klabee or treasurer of Klavern No. I, A brother, Harry Leon Brown, is chairman of the Kickam Klan or board of supervisors for KJavern NO, I. Two other sons, paijiej Wayne and William Eugene Brown, are also active in the leadership, The Dixie Klan has a membership estimated at something over 100, The Association of Arkansas Klans is a very small group of some 50 or so members headed by Will Williams of pine Bluff, Ark. The Mississippi Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is headed by Walter Anderson Bailey of Gulfport and doesn't have anywhere near the power of the White Knights of the KKK based at Laurel, Miss. - o - -POWERFUL IN FLORIDA- The Florida Ku Klux Klans used to be under Grand Dragon Bill Hendrix, who was once convicted by a federal court for sending defamatory information through the mails regarding me. Hendrix sued me for a million dollars but dropped the suit. He also dropped out of the Klan scene. Replacing him in power came Jason Kersey of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., head of the United Florida Man, Knights of the KKK, who was affiliated with the United Klans. However, in the scramble for members and dues by various Klan organizations, the above Klan unit has given way to the Florida Knights of the Ku Klux Klan operated by Don Cochran of Jacksonville, who has pulled members away from other Klans until he now dominates northern Florida. In this area the Klan is both powerful and dangerous. Significantly the Klan, once strong in Texas, is now almost non-existent in the President's home state. On the other hand, it has probably become more important in Louisiana than the once very strong White Citizens Councils. There are an estimated 17 Klaverns in Louisiana, some of them extremely violent. Officially the Klan does not condone violence. Imperial Wizard Bob Shelton and James Venable deny using it, yet in their speeches turn right around and make highly inflamatory statements. "We don't advocate violence," harangues Shelton. "If someone steps on our toes, we're going to knock their heads off their shoulders." Klansman James, Venable- once told an Atlanta Klavern that the schools should be burned down if necessary to prevent them from being desegregated. In Jackson, Miss., one Klan poster asked for recruits with this advice: "Absolutely refuse to register or give up your arms Form an organization with next- door neighbors but wear distinguishing marks such as caps of the same color so you won't be firing at your own people ... Be your own leader of your own household and make it an armed arsenal." - o - in the administration of Gov. John Patterson. - o - --EDITORS THREATENED— All over the South the Klan has tried to intimidate the press, ranging from a campaign by the Grand Dragon of Natchez, E. L. McDaniel, to try to persuade editors to cancel my column, to a cross-burning outside the office of the weekly Gazette at La Grange, N. C., whose editor, Paul Barwich, had attacked the Klan. In Natchez the FBI warned the weekly Miss-Lou Observer's W. W. Winkler that he had been placed on the "Black List of the KKK and your life is in danger. "The FBI can offer you no protection for our mission is investigation," the FBI spokesman stated. "However, I have delivered the warning, and believe me it is true. I cannot tell you nor speculate as to how the mission of the Klan will be carried out, but 1 do advise you to take every precaution to protect yourself and your family." Editor Winkler was not intimidated. He carried a front-page editorial which read in part: "We have news for you brothers under the sheets (whoever you are). We will not be scared or bullied out of business. And if we go down, we will go down swinging, not running." Grand Dragon McDaniel circulated a chain letter among Klansmen stating that "Drew Pearson outranks Congressman Adam Clayton Powell and Dick Gregory on the wanted list of the Ku Klux Klan. "This is a chain letter that involves no expense except a little time and a few postage stamps. He continued. "First write to Drew Pearson in the Natchez Democrat or any other newspaper in the Natchez Democrat or any other newspaper that carries his column. "Second, write to ten of your friends and acquaintances urging each to do the same and to write ten other people telling them to do the same and perpetuate the chain. "This may sound corny and you may not like the idea of chain letters. But let's let him have it." The object was to secure cancellation of the column. No Mississippi papers followed the Klan's advice. A new catalog from Whitman titled A Guide Book of Modern European Coins by Robert Harris is worth adding to your library. The main contribution is the listing and pricing of coins by date with the mintage figures given where available. In many cases the prices listed are identical despite a considerable different in mintage. Date collecting for foreign may gain in popularity sometime in the future so, if prices and condition are equal, you might as well add the lower mintage. This would be a handy reference to have when going thru a mixed coin box. Price: $1.75. John Mescher Of Burt Is In Europe Brenda and Monica Jurgens, Thursday, Nov«mbo)r 4, 1965 Mgono, (Id.) Upp«rD«< Moln«t-9 nronrta Holdinff. Patrick Brad- ^ ^ ^^ ^^^^ FROM THE ATTIC... ... TO THE VAULT (Y«ur ttobby - And Ytur Neighbor**) By Dick Polmtr - ACCESS TO FILES- One amazing aspect of the Ku Klux Klan is its ability to get confidentail information out of the files of Northern police bureaus. Imperial Wizard Bob Shelton, the uncommunicative witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee, last spring was able to obtain the Detroit police department's confidential report on Mrs. Viola Liuzzo, the civil rights worker whose murder has been blamed on Klansmen. This column can report that the confidential report on Mrs. Liuzzo was obtained from Marvin G. Lane, police commissioner of Warren, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. Mrs. Liuzzo had lived in Detroit. Mr. Lane had secured her confidential report frpm the Central Intelligence Bureau of the Detroit police, and it has never been established whether the report was surreptitiously taken from the Detroit police flies or released by them as a matter of courtesy. However, the fact remains that the Klan got Mrs. Liuzzo's file, spread the word in Alabama that she had been three times married and a year before had been reported by her husband as missing, being finally located in Canada, where she wrote letters to her husband from a cemetery, giving the dates of people's death, including her own, Circulation of such reports during the time of trial obviously was intended to influence the jury and probably did so, Imperial Wizard Shelton, who has taken the Fifth Amendment 158 times, has had friends in high places, And this column reported in 1961 that he had been on friendly terms with Charles Meriwether, finance director of the state of Alabama For many years, the collecting of stamp issues of the United Nations was largely confined to the United States. Now interest is mounting in Europe where the issues of the special agencies in Switzerland and the World Court at The Hague have always been in demand. With these postal issues and the many commemoratives issued by members relating to UN activities, this is a massive topical field. The first regulars and some of the early commemorative s of the United Nations in New York were never printed in large quantities and stocks are largely held here geared to the American market. The first special sheet has always been the key and dealers are now offering up j( to S^OJor^t. Only one of the, commemorative sets commands a particularly high price as of now. However, if the collecting power of Europe it to be felt, then supplies are spread rather thin. The entire series to date of the United Nations in mint singles costs about $85. I think this will soon be cheap. This series represents an interesting collection and, in my opinion, would represent as good an investment as you would find on the stock market today. The early first day covers have also advanced significantly, tho this field is more popular here than abroad. Recent covers are still at the new issue price or less. - o After several years of effort, I finally obtained the Norse American set of 1925 on first day cover from Algona. The set of two covers appeared in an auction in Florida. Several towns in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota shared in day of issue activity. The last catalog I have access to values all the cities the same, but Algona doesn't appear very often. The covers were addressed to New Jersey carrying the name of a gentleman who was quite active at that time, Much of the available stock of these earlies comes from his estate, Local interest at the time must have been quite limited as none of these seem to be around. - o A large advertiser in the south with frequent full page ads in Coin World has, according to reports, gone under. I well remember how many times his ad stated that business was never better. While he had some excellent stock, he also dealt in a lot of modern material by the bag including the silver dollars, which according to him were King. Yes, he gave advice and solicited clients for investment accounts, If he followed his own advice, one can but wonder how . his clients are now faring. This high flying dealer stressed the investment phase more than the hobby aspects and now he has paid the price, Money can be made from modern coins by the bag as they go from investor to investor, but the hobby itself will not provide the basic support necessary to provide a profit to the last investor on the list. He truly ends up with the bag and so do his creditors. r 0 * An attractive silver crown TV TRAY TABLE SET 6y ' Ruttl "• St6Phen B€Cker ' Barbara PRtNTTNOt sons, Susan Koepke, Ruth Long, Bergerud, Mandi Calbreath and does Justice to David McFarland, Francis Shier- Duane ^ f £] y JJ^ J larger than our silver dollar is the 1957 5R.. from Ceylon. This is the only crown issued by the country which makes it the target of the "one from a country" collectors. Slightly circulated specimens are still at an affordable price. If you start a crown collection, watch for these single issue countries. It might be wise to obtain them first. For variety and general interest, I think a collection of world crown types would be hard to beat. The Greek Wedding Crown has been reminted but the mints were different so some variations enter in. Consequently, both strikes can be collected. - o The many patrons of the halftime coffee; club which my.icar at the Webster city game may be interested to know that their cream and sugar were served in carnival glass containers. And all at no extra charge. I rather imagine, however, that most of the patrons are more interested in hot coffee than antiques. DANGER Keep TV Antennas Away front All ER LINES! JOHN MESCHER Pvt. John E. Mescher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mescher of Hurt, after completion of basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and advanced individual tran- ing with Co. C. 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, at Fort Ord, Cal., is now stationed in Europe with the 501st Transportation Co. Halloween Party At Burt Termed Big Success BURT - The annual Lions Halloween party was termed a big success with well over a hundred youngsters and some adults attending in costumes. Acting as master of ceremonies was Dale Lockwood, judges were Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott,; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Coney and' Al Kloppen. Prizes were won by Allen, SAFETY FIRST Is definitely the watchword when you're putting up your new TV antennal You want to get the full enjoyment of your Color TV set ... Without double Image ... snow... or fuzzlness ... so you'll do all the checking on your antenna and be sure Its In shape to give the wonderful reception you want this TV season. Just be very sure... whether you're doing the checking on your old antenna ... or Installing the new one . . . that you comply with the FIRST rule of safety and keep your antenna away FROM ALL POWER LINESI Don't let thoughtlessness ... or carelessness , . . spoil the pleasure you'll get out of your wonderful TV Mi Go ahead ... have fun ... but.... OBSERVE THESE RULES s • Bo ura your miit h locattd it f«f as po» sfclo from all oioetrk trim so H em't M Into thtra H blown owr by (ho wind. • Bo sura tho stnicturo to which too m»A fa fnUnid b strong onoufh to cany tho iddod wolght — allowing for wind, too and vibration. • Bo sura Uiit tho guy wires and (utoninp an adequate ond of rust resisting meUU • For protection against lightning damage. hive tho aerial properly connected to a lightning arrester. • Havo an expert Inspect mountings and supports jvory two or three years. 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