Regina Morning Leader
July 4, 1927. p.8
The Ku Klux Klan has a membership of 46,500 in the province, according to statements made by H. F. Emory, Klan organizer, and Charles Puckering, Moose Jaw, at a crowded meeting in the Grand Theatre last night under the auspices of the Klan. The seating accommodation was all taken up a good while before the meeting was advertised to commence and many turned away unable to get admission.
Klan “Here to Stay”
Dealing with the statement made that the Ku Klux Klan was an organization that took the law into its own hands, he denied this, and remarked, “we do not have to take the law into our own hands. We are big enough to make men we pay do their duty without having to take the law into our hands.” The Ku Klux Klan was a great Christian, benevolent, fraternal organization, an organization that did not discriminate against people on account of their political or religious creed, but he was going to tell them about the organization, and they could send the message, if they so desired, to the Pope in Rome that the Ku Klux Klan was going to save Canada for Canadians.”
As to the charge made against the organization that it was anti-Catholic, Mr. Emory replied it was pro-Protestant. On that account a Roman Catholic could not become a member. “He owes his first allegiance to the Pope of Rome, we owe our first allegiance to Canada and the Union Jack,” declared the speaker. The Ku Klux Klan was a Christian organization, consequently Jews could not join. There was only one way a negro could join--he would have to be painted white first. The Klan believed this was a great white man’s country. The organization also was in favor of selection and restriction of foreign immigrants, so that Canada would be no longer the dumping ground of the world. If the Ku Klux Klan lived another two years they would not hear anything more in Canada but the English language. Mr. Emory maintained the Klan was not getting a fair deal from the press, and said they were prepared, if necessary to put in ten presses in the province to tell the people what the organization stood for and give them facts.
100 per cent Canadian
Charles Puckering, Moose Jaw, stated that 65 per cent. of the residents south of the main line of the Canadian Pacific in the province were of foreign extraction or foreigners. The Klan was a definitely Protestant organization, giving allegiance to the British flag, not to “the gentleman who sits under the dome of St. Peter’s.” It was not a political body, but was 100 per cent. Canadian, going forward as Christian soldiers in the interests of Canada to make Canada a land for the Canadians. The speaker asserted that out of 8,000 immigrants who had reached Regina recently only seven were Protestants.
Rev. T. J. Hind, First Baptist Church, Moose Jaw, who arrived after ten o’clock, said one reason the Klan had organized was to make provision for the protection of physical life, pure manhood and womanhood of the generation that now is and of the generation that is to come.
It was stated by Mr. Emory that a women’s organization of the Klan had started in the province Saturday night.
Lewis Scott, King Kleagle, Regina, presided at the meeting.