Item 3 - Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bulletin No. 1

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Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bulletin No. 1

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  • 22 Oct. 1927 (Creation)

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1 p.

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(1 Dec. 1924-)

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Header reads "Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Canada" Bulletin No. 1. Mentions the successful amalgamation of the major Klan bodies of Canada, which took some eighteen months. Negotiations since May 1926 between the Canadian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Western Canada, headquarters in Vancouver, and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Kanada in Eastern Canada, headquarters in Toronto, between A.J. England and J.S. Lord to consummate the union. Mentions also that they have instituted a system of the Invisible Empire that is similar to Klan principles being operated in the British Isles, Australia, and South Africa. Negotiations included the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the united States to help define scope and field of operation, and build relations between Canadian and American bodies. Klansman England of the Western body was interviewed by Imperial Wizard Dr. Hiriam Evans of the United States Klan, and stated the requirements of the Canadian Klans in regard to discredited and banished men form the US Klan. An agreement was reached on the motto "At His Call I Will Answer", and a delegation from the Washington Headquarters of the American Klan met with Klansmen Lord and England on Oct 22 1927 in Toronto. Despite this official unity, there is another Klan organization in Eastern Ontario formally sponsored by JH Hawkins, a now banished member of the Ku Klux Klan of Canada. This organization is called the Ku Klux Klan of the British Empire, and has informally stated it wants to join the new united body. Towards end reads: "Until further instructed, former units of the Canadian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Canadian Ladies of the Ku Klux Klan will continue to operate as heretofore, through the Western Regional headquarters" in Vancouver. Continues that the united organization will eventually be governed by a Council representing each Province in Canada, and provisional members of the council will be selected. Meanwhile, the Government Board will consist of Rev George Marshall, Rev. Charles E. Batzold, A.J. England, and J.S. Lord. Mentions where donations, dues, and reports are to be forwarded. Also mentions a "Klan coin" to be of copyright to serve as an identification between members and a ways to implement local funds available to Klans through their secretaries. Brief mention of the Protestant magazine "The Bisector" published in Vancouver for dissemination of news and educational matter of "general interest to Protestants of our race, and of particular interest to Klansmen and Klanswomen". Signed by AJ England, Imperial Caliph and Scribe Canadian Knights and Ladies of the Ku Klux Klan, and JS Lord, Imperial Klaliff and Kligrap Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Kanada, and witnessed by Olive McElherney.

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  • Folder: 2229.1, Box 1, File 4, Item 3