Ku Klux Klan

The Daily State Register (Carson City)/March 29, 1871

About the hugest “bug-a-boo,” and most exaggerated, unfounded, unwarranted, senseless, sensational humbug that has ever been inflicted on the country, in this or any other age, has its embodiment in what is known as the Ku Klux Klan. This ideal “raw head and bloody bones” organization is represented to have derived its origin from the sanguinary ghost of the defunct rebellion, existing in dark, terrible and gloomy caves, whose awe-inspiring banners are inscribed with the ghostly motto of the “skull and cross bones,” whose mission is death, whose drink is blood, and whose food consists in dead niggers and carpetbaggers. The favorite resort of this terrific monster is, of course, in the dismal caves and deep caverns of the Southern states, where he fastens on “loyal” provender with impunity, sleeping by day and stealing forth by night in search of his innocent victims, and his appetite seems never appeased, he is continually munching up carpet baggers or freedmen, and immediately preceding elections he becomes exceedingly voracious. He is the scapegoat for all the sins and crimes committed south of Mason and Dixon’s line. If a thieving carpetbagger happens to get his deserts meted out to him, by proper punishment, for the commission of some characteristic mean act, the circumstances is at once magnified into a terrible “Ku Klux outrage.” If a pilfering nigger happens to fall into a blind shaft while on a hen roost raid, and breaks his infernal neck, the “pale corpus” is exhibited to the sympathizing gaze of the “loyal people” as the fiendish work of the murderous Ku Klux Klan. The U.S. military are scattered all over the country, for the ostensible purpose of suppressing this monster; but, in reality, to control elections and over-awe law-abiding citizens, and the Ku Klux Klan has been made the pretext for nearly every outrage that has been perpetrated upon the Southern people. If a designing carpet bagger imagines he is unable to carry  his infamous measures through successfully with the tools at hand, all that it is necessary to do is to raise the cry of Ku Klux Klan, and the very kind of succor he needs is sent forthwith. This condition of things has existed in the Southern states since the close of the war; and in nearly every instance where any of these outrages charged to the Ku Klux Klan has been investigated, or where an investigation could be reached, the charge has fallen to the ground. It is strange that the American people, (those who are honest), will permit themselves to be gulled in such a manner. The motive of those who keep alive this manufactured excitement is too transparent to deceive anyone. It is alleged by “persecuted loyalty” that outrages are so flagrant and frequent in the Southern States that life is endangered, and it must have federal protection; and special legislation to “protect Southern loyalists” is urged upon Congress, which the Radical majority are very willing to enact; but, unfortunately it is difficult to find a decent pretext. The testimony adduced before the Congressional committee went to show that the Ku Klux Klan existed only in name, and there was nothing in the reported outrages to necessitate special legislation. So it looks as though unprotected “loyalty” will have to “hoe its own row,” the Ku Klux Klan to the contrary notwithstanding. [Boise News]

(Source: Chronicling America, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020345/1871-03-29/ed-1/seq-2/#date1=1789&index=1&rows=20&searchType=advanced&language=&sequence=0&words=Klan+KLAN+Klux+KLUX+KU+Ku&proxdistance=5&date2=1875&ortext=&proxtext=&phrasetext=Ku+Klux+Klan&andtext=&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1)