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Ku Klux Klan Not Dead Yet, Meeting Told
Organization Going Ahead Stronger Than Ever,
Chairman Says At Meet Addressed By Maloney

Regina Morning Leader
October 5, 1927. p.8

"The Ku Klux Klan is not dead yet," declared Chas Ellis, chairman at the Ku Klux Klan meeting held in the city hall auditorium last night when J.J. Maloney, of Cabri, was the principal speaker.

"Almost all of you have heard that the organizers of the Ku Klux Klan have left the city for parts unknown, apparently taking all the funds," added Mr. Ellis. "This is not true. It is true that they have left and they did take some funds but not all believe me. (Loud applause).

"The morning after the night they left committees were formed in Regina and Moose Jaw and organization is going ahead stronger than ever and we have hopes of doubling our membership in the next six months."

The meeting opened with the singing of a verse of the National anthem and a verse of "Onward Christian Soldiers," and Rev. W. Surman, pastor of Cameron Memorial Baptist Church, led in prayer. E. E. Painter, Regina, read the 13th chapter of Revelations.

Ushers wearing white cloaks and hoods piloted the people to seats and before the meeting opened the hall was packed to capacity and 200 or 300 were unable to gain admission.

Mr. Maloney explained the circumstances under which he told his mother he could no longer study for the Roman Catholic ministry. He suggested that an effort had been made to have a railway ticket agent dismissed because he provided a special train to take K.K.K. members to Moose Jaw, and he had been told that an effort had been made yesterday to black his speaking in the city hall.

He warned, "the Roman Church" that where they put forth an effort to stop them the only effect was to spur the Protestants on all the more.

In dealing with the Mexican situation, Mr. Maloney said he had received a letter from the Mexican president stating that with "The Roman Church" in control of education for 400 years, 80 per cent of the people could not read.

Mr. Maloney said he was not here to spread spite. He was merely standing for religious liberty which they "would not have if that dark system which has wrecked every country it got hold of conquers this beloved Canada of ours." He declared that Henri Bourassa, during his visit to Regina had "insulted the Union Jack," and was "an ingrate and a traitor." He did not care whether his audience was Liberal or Conservative, the Roman Church was never going to rule Canada because there was going to be some radical changes in the immigration policy in Ottawa.

In Moose Jaw the Ku Klux Klan had 2300 members, including business men, Christian gentlemen and men who were well off and these men were banded together for "the common purpose of the preservation of the integrity of the British Empire and the removal of vice as far as they can."

Mr. Maloney dealt with various aspects of the Roman Catholic religion including transubstantiation, the Ne Temere decree, purgatory, his questions being punctuated with frequent outbursts of applause. At the close of his speech he answered a number of questions.