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W. Koon seated that as far as he knew there was no objection whatever to any parade, but he disliked the idea of turning over any traffic regulation work to others than members of the police force, which he felt would be capable of taking charge of the crowd and cars.

There was a large delegation present who appeared interested in the Klan application. Several others in the delegation spoke of the traffic problem and explained the reason for asking for the markers was that they expected a large crowd of visitors from other cities in automobiles and they desired to get them in and out of the city without any congestion as was experienced in a former Klan picnic and parade. Commissioner Harry Irvine suggested that they send their parade committee to confer with Chief of Police Oscar A. Eyerman and himself with an idea as to what was wanted and that every effort would be made to comply with its wishes in the way of routing the visitors in and out of the city during the day and evening. Reverend Dr. W. Lomax Childress, pastor of Bethany United Brethern Church, inquired as a matter of personal information if there was any local regulation of the city or commonwealth that forbade the wearing of the hoods during the parade. Mayor Koon replied in the negative, but stated this request was simply made in such cases so as to prevent any disorder should the privilege be abused. He stated that it could be an easy matter for men not members of the Klan, if masked, to perpetrate disorder or even a robbery. He felt, in justice to the organization as well as any other body of marchers or society, that no masks be worn. In answer to a question by the mayor, City Attorney Charles L. Heskett stated the non-masking rule was simply a police regulation only.

On Saturday, October 11, 1924, members of the Ku Klux Klan from


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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