I ran across another article about the KKK. I post these because I find it fascinating that they received so much "positive press" at the time.
June 20, 1924, Caddo Herald
Klan Initiates a Large Class Thurs.
Last Thursday night Caddo people were entertained with a most thrilling and inspiring spectacle.
In the pasture just west of the City Park, some fifteen hundred Klansmen gathered for initiatory work. The scene was witnessed by some fifteen hundred or more people of Caddo and surrounding country.
About a hundred new Klansmen were made. The visitors were parked all around just inside the enclosure, the cars being there to the number of 500.
There was nothing but good feeling and good order throughout the evening. The guards were polite and considerate, affording every means for the people to see the ceremony, with no discomforts. Many women and children were in the crowd.
The Ceremony of Induction was impressively performed. The fiery crosses high in the air- the American flag waving in the breeze, lighted by electric lights, all gave proof that the men in charge were in earnest about two things: patriotism and Americanism. The charges to the candidates could be heard by the crowd, and these charges and admonitions were of every high and patriotic order. They told the candidates of the aims and purposes of the Klan: to promote peace; to assist duly constituted authority in enforcing the law; to protect the American flag; to protect womanhood and childhood; to preserve to future generations the immaculate and noble deeds of the patriots who wrested America from a monarchy, and the empires from a wilderness.
A thousand sandwiches were served to the visitors with ice water and pop. Such ceremonies are very inspiring and helpful to the country as a whole.