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Gifford Appeals for ^American Boys
In Formation of Junior Klan Order AGAINST THE KLANS
¿y FRED L. GIFFORD,
Grand Dragon of Oregon and Imperial Representative West of the Rockies
The great need is for men and boys to think straight, and to har
monize their live» with the natural and spiritual laws. “As a
man thinketh in his heart, so is he." This aphorism embraces
the whole of man’» being. It reaches every condition and all
circumstances of life. Every act springs from the hidden seed of
thought. Every habit is the blossom of thought, and Joy and
suffering are its fruits.
About twenty years ago the Imperial Valley of Southern
California, now a veritable garden of Eden, was a bare waste
of »and and silt, without vegetation.of any kind. An engineer
raw the possibilities of the rich sediment which had been de
limited there through the ages, and irrigation from the Colorado
river was the result. The agricultural miracle was developed
speedily, but with it came the we^ds, the ^ares-and 4he thistles.
It required a major effort of science to overcome these pests and
to conquer the insects and other destroyers which threatened the
E ARE DEALING here with ways nnd means of providing
life and prosperity of the great Valley. Science was triumphant
safeguards and helps for the American Boy in particular, and today the Imperial Valley is the breadbasket of Southern
but for the boys of tHe world In general, for, if we succeed in our California. As with plants, so it is with the human species, also
purpose of mnking the average American Boy what he ought afflictod with “weeds" and pests, whieh- poison and starve the
to lie—godlike in character—his influence for righteousness in springs of the mind and dwarf the godlike
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world affnirs of the immediate future will sway the destiny of j
T h7m iihttort e7 fo rt7 o fsck i« 'to < tay
mankind. Our boys are the masters of posterity, we must win Hhou]d ^ exerted jn
and ff the Klan will
them for this glorious cause.
• throw all of its resources apd influences into a -nation-wide
In America we hove many fraternal orders for the benefit trUHade fw the ^ tu r n o u t of boys and girls, it will earn thereby
of men and women. These have wrought nobly in the develop- ^ admipatk)n and e8tetm of mankind.
ment of the fabric of Americanism. Though the boy s welfare
,.,f one endure in
ity of thoughtf joy follows him as his
is supremely important, since he is the leader of tomorrow, the )Wn gj^Mj0W sure *»
ruler of posterity, he has been to«, much neglected and a 1«soar:----- thinking develops negative qualities and conditions
effort, instead o f the greatest possible activity. has been
gin Hhame fgilure and death.
generally in his bshalf The V. M L . A., the Boy Scouts of A W
T^ V r ing needjl of the American boy, the sacred duty of
ica, the De Molay and various church organizations have done eyery K|& man toprotect and help them, are self-apparent to
much, indeed, but have fallen far short of the wholesale achieve all and require no argument. It remains now for us to under
ment and permanent service which the growing needs of the boy take the constructive task of providing a practical safeguard
require. This fact cannot be disputed, while we have in every and dependable help for our boys, and through them, for all the
State a so-called reform school and houses of industry for the ^
jn Americfl and the world. ' If we provide this’ service for
homelt'ss and wayward sons of deficient or delinquent parents. boys, the benefits and blessings will be shared by the girls, for
These institutions, in which each boy is ,a separate problem, obvkug reasons. It will be a double blessing, developing into
are established to tehch s e lf - n s p e c t, self-reliance, and all the greater and manifold blessings throughout the future.
things which a son should learn at home, church and public
Boys* Auxiliary S u g g ested
school. Lnckiug these advantages, the Stata is trying, usually,
It is with confidence in the sound common-sense of the Klan
with crude and antiquated methods, to teach the erring young executives, in their humanity and w isdom , that I seriously and
mind the practical advanU geof living upon the plane of the*law- ^
fl* organiiation> without delay> of a ^ t Klan
abW ingcitizcm-to prevent boys who are the victims o f . serk>us|AuxHiary exclusively for the
of our p rotestant boys,
witmg start in life from becoming criminals So. thousands of M
tjt|eg for 8Uch an order wi„ * suggested. To begin with,
U,ys are herded in reform schools, where the worst teach the ,et ug ron||jd(r the Junior Order of the Ku Klux Klan. Knights
best all tjmt they know of sin and crime. These places today, for of thp Invifllh|e Empire.
(he mosf part, are mere training schools in vice, where the way-[
Thia auxiliary> whkh can j* ^
the medium' for vast and
ward Imy learns bad habita and wrong ideas through constant ! enduring good, should admit lads rartgtn$ in agw from twelve to
mmoc,alien with vicious companions. This is a genera complaint
It caI1 provide the training which all boys need
throughout the land. We should remedy the conditions which ,h
h thoge critical and trying
of boyhood-bridging the
produce bad boys and bad men. and we can do it. The abolition
p of fjve and aix ars
untU they are eligibk to
of the infamous liquor traffic was a long step toward the Amer- ^ adult Klun
lean i,lea! We must stand by the ITcsident and State authorities
* Think JJ the „oble things that can be done for the boy.
in the strict enforcement of this beneficent law.
through guch Rn auxiHary for the one8 who need ^
(Is response I« Iks general demand, vs are p lH w l I«
«H k i «lenegrapklr report at Fred I . Milioni** addre«« si Ibo flr*t lo n w l
M M * u of Mrssd lira s«»«, Kslskl* af tkr Ku hint kiss, held si i ik t i lllr ,
North tarulla». Is July, ISM. Uso raasot .«limate effect« of the address
« M i s i rosaldrrlns ikr speaker*« rkarat of personality sad sowar of alo«
Ila wa* si kl* ka«l os Ik!« «arsolo», for “ Hallar H »j»" h kh hobby,
and kl« appeal for aaaaallva salios lo s«tahll«k as ordar for Junior kina»-
Htas kad Ika desired result. Meanwhile, Mr. Milford« stall, sad Ikal of Tka
Western American, I« Italo» dalusad with tallar* frost boy* asking far I » for
mst los and application blaski| tka) ara ansar lo Jola, everywhere. A fisa
l'orllasd lad wrlla* lo Ika adllort *1 ata a bu) IS years did, »I« faal «na laak
lall, wall advaared la «rkool, and walsfc ISO pound«. W hy aan’t I Jola tka
kk»af* Ha wa» lold la aa*war Ikat. ron»ldarlas kl* kalsbt. weight, asdt
Aawrlran «pirli, ha wana*t a boy, bal a MAN, ala. TM « I« Iba bardan of
many «aah missives, »howls» Ika Jaalur Ordar pías* lo ba aeee««ary and
popolar. As anaounramaal by Iba Imparisi Wlaard I* ««parlad al as aarly
Causes of Delinquency
structive and kindly service which I have in mind. They will be
d r a i n e d to learn for themselves the secrets of life, the laws
of thought and being which are Involved in the development of
noble and godlikg character.
The main object of the boys’ auxiliary should be the serious
work of character building through right thinking, by ways and
means of kjannishness which will appeal most strongly to the
boyish heart. The best brains of the Klan should be applied im
mediately to the pleasurable task of devising the ritual and lodge
work for the youngsters, and in doing this we must put ourselves
in the average boy’s fclace, mentally and spiritually, just as
Booth Tarkington does in his wonderful stories of American
This idea of a boys’ auxiliary is yet in the realm of thought,
b u t it ! uiik <i«s Appealed to roo so strongly, after ccnterr.pletior.
of the growing needs of our youth and of the manifold blessings
Í the “ ■*, of th* ayfr®*» ,ad wh° «°«a wron* at an early tLhat surely would accrue to all concerned in the movement, that
age the authorities should deal, in a disciplinary way, with the Acannot „„„ .¡y e of a negative decision on this proposal.
careless father and gadabout mother, rather than with the boy.-p'
Appeals to the American Boy
The greatest conceivable achievement is to develop all that is
The Klan idea will appeal with resistless force to the imagin
good in the average boy; tq promote by wholesale, upon a na ation and the heart of the average Protestant boy, to whom the
tional scale, godlike character in the rising generation of boys.
Klansman, let us hope, is a true hero—the incarnation of all
Our puldtc schools can give far greater help, with proper manly virtues, a knight “without fear and without reproach.”
improvements—-help beyond calculation in the reclamation of The Klan boys’ auxiliary, therefore, speedily would become the
deficient boys, and in the mental and spiritual development of greatest order for boys, numerically and otherwise,’in all Amer
the normal ones. Scientific mental tests, now being established, ica or the world. The first million members would be easy to
show startling facts concerning the relation of intelligence to enn)|, ^ the mi|liona to follow ^
^ elected as rapidly as
m s emeanor.
e scientists dec are t at w en the accuracy of facjjitjea would allow. They are by every reason entitled to have
such tests is demonstrated, and removed from the trial stage, the an auxiliary to the Klan. We seriously neglect and wrong them
present methods of treating sin and crime will be revolution by failure to provide it. It would not matter whether the boy’s
father or mother is connected with the Klan movement If n o t
Few boys who are committed to a reform school possess the the boy in his Klan could soon interest them and win fo r his bene-
ability to think straight.
They require kindly, sympathetic factor their h¡ghest e8te€m The membership should j* com.
study of their derangement To punish such children is both f)03ed of ^
of p ^ e s ta n t parents, and at the graduating
useless and unpardonable. Every such institution should estab- age of eighteen.,the lad would tome into the senior Klan. The
lish psychopathic treatment for mental disorder, and a psycho- auxiliary should * easy of ingreM for the ^
pathic treatment should begin in the public school
Klansman in prosperous circumstances should win for himself
In the solution of this great problem, the Knights of the the ble8aing of f e n ^ n g memberships for as many poor boys as
Ku Klux Klan can help enormously. This is a co-operative, spir- hig mean8 wouW 'allow. The glory of # Klansman ig to ^rve,
itual movement for the betterment of all Americans, and for the and this would prove an unexampled opportunity.
boys of qur Nation in particular.
We can make the Klan a
Think of the service which a million enthusiastic boys could
mighty educational force, demonstrating that
give in all kinds of civic betterm ert work! They would be at
"Mind is the master power that moulds and makes,
all times the eyes and ears of the great Klan, its shield and buck
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
ler on many occasions, and they could co-operate in many ways
The tool of Thought and, shaping what he will,
with the Women of the Ku Klux Klan and with other construc
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills—
tive Protestant orders.
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass;
Lessons for Boys
Environment is but his looking-glass.”
Through this auxiliary our boys can be taught that man is
Let us, then, never blame environment, for conditions can made or unmade by himself; that in the armory of thought he
changed by the powers of the mind in each individual case.
.(Contlausd on Pag* «)
The principal causes of delinquency and degeneracy among
the boys are divorce, poverty, and the godless home.
Thousands of small boys are sent to the "reform" school
because they have no home, often becoming lifelong dependents
in character before they are old «nough to think straight, or to
make their own living. The IHek of provision for these inno
cents is n crying shame and disgrace throughout the nation. The
Klans of Oregon, I am happy to report, recently voted in the
Klorero to donate approximately fifty thousand dollars for the
building of a Children’s Farm Home, thus helping substantially
in a splendid cause. Many homeless small boys in Oregon have
l>een sent to the reform school, not because of any delinquency,
but because there was no other place to send them. The lack of
to b® Aorrpcterf In ftmonn,
but this is a national problem and must be met as such.
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outbreaks, so well timed bn«« they
occurred, with the apparent object to
force the general public to be Here
that there le widespread prejudice
against the organisation.
; Object Net AreemplUked.
If such la the goal which has In
duced enemies of the Ku Klux Klan
to commit alt degrees of crime from
ordinary brick throwing to flret de
gree murder, ysrtoue reports from
Klan centers sverywhere Indicate that
the mob violence of bigots Is Isisisf
Just the opposite effect. Ever since
the criminal activities Inaugurated at
I. E. C a s e
Steubenville, Ohio, followed In quick
succession by similar outrages at Car
negie. Pa.; Wilmington. Del.; Perth
Amboy. N. J - and at other point* ■J C. TH0KE8BH
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with lesser degrees of violence, these
crimes against law-abiding cltlsena
baa. It la stated, driven thousands of
American dtltens Into the ranks of
the Ku Klux Klxn.
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* •’"»T.” IS SPECIAL
A stage play of strong dramatic
calibre la the basis of “Drifting.” the
Universal-Jewel special feature that
ytll be shown *t the Columbia theatre
beginning Saturday, Sept. 29. Pris
cilla Dean, frequently called the “Dean
of emotionalism." la the atar of the
When Universal decided to make
“Drifting” It was realised that the
story would require unusually elabor
ate seta and a greet deal of care In
the costuming and technical work. In
order that this would be handled with
the greatest accuracy a man noted as
an authority on Chinese life, Thomas
Gubblns, was engaged to eld In the
Mlaa Dean’s peculiar abilities re
quire that her roles be strongly dra
matic and full of human character.
Caasie Cook, the heroine of “Drift
ing,” Is a white woman without a
friend and alone In China. The people
she knows are oplom sellers. She
is one of then also—end “Drifting”,
tells of her redemption from this life
J o i s C c!‘c n
t h e nlay and A.
P. Younger and Tod Browning adapt
ed It to the screen. Browning directed.
He Is the one who directed Dean In
"Outlade the Law” and “Under Two
On the stage Wm. A. Brady « pro
duction of “Drifting” was a success In
keeping with the character of Its pres
entation in New York, and the screen
version Is said to be aa elaborate and
interesting as the story indicates It
Wallace Beery of “The Flame of;
Life” and “Robin Hood.” and who has
been tor some time the moat, popular
villain” of the screen, plays the
"heavy” role of “Drifting" with his
Anna May Wong, who was credited
by Photoplay magasine with the beet
performance of the month a few issues
ago, and who. the critics prophesy,
will be the only oriental nctreas to
gain a permanent foothold on the
screen of America, plays a tragic role
of great emotional possibilities.
Matt Moors achieved considerable
note in “The Storm” and he Is east
In the leading masculine role opposite
Miss Dean In “Drifting.” William V.
Mong, a master of oriental character-
lxations, Bruce Guerin, Frank Lan-
nlng, J. Farrell McDonald. Mile. Rose
Dlone. Edna Tlchenor and several
other popular players ars in tbs cast.
“Drifting" prsssnts ths heart of
China, as well aa 1U great commercial
center, and vary few Caucasians have
penetrated Into the interior. There
fore "Drifting” should be unusually
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Brown Harwood of Atlanta. Ga., Im- (
perlal Klaslk of the Klan. appointed
a Grand “Dragon (or the Realm of
Washington at a Klorero gathering
In , Seattle Tuesday, amid grant #n- j
thustasm of the assembled delegates
and Klansmen. The regular Klorero
of Washington will be held In Janu- >
111 Sixth Street
Mr. Harwood, who Is one of the i
Order’s distinguished leaders, re- !
Tradesmen who have been enriched
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Grand Dragon Fred L. GI(ford and ** loyal Klan patronage, and whe new
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