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T tI E GUARDIAN Seventy-one MAY HAPPEN IN ANY COMMUNITY WITH MASKED MOB (Continued from page 70) Fifteen Bloody Strokes. was taken apart, wii- young, like a bull in of chest, was drawn circle. The demand for the of MeKoin was made on told them he did not know. stripped and again the mur- flail of the klansman the air. Fifteen bloody on his bare body. going to tell us ?" demand- spokeman. said Andrews, "you've me now till it don't hurt any You can beat me to death if to. I don't know anything You want, anti be damned going to tell or we are go- You," the spokesman You will hang me," said patiently awaited the Merciless Flogging. the leather fell, a hooded head, othersheld his and hands bound, supine and unresponsive L flogging, save for his At last, wea- of senseless flesh, quit. They took An- and Mr. Daniels in a Small railroad station. bought gasoline, gave dollar for his fare, ad- 1 all to live virtuous lives and to utter no word of The hoods disappear- victims hailed a man in and went back to Mer was in bed for a 'aniels was blackened From Earth. Watt Daniels were in that circle of the dim mists of moss trees in the Rouge was con- vanished from the earth. Was frozen in a terror ea looked both ways be- meeting was held upon a plan of U. en went from Mer to conciliate and re- friendship and cour- The minutes of Unpublished. No day former Judge now state senator from sat on the courthouse the street came Skip- things straightened senator ask- Bravado. said Skipwith. that if anyone talked again he Whipped up till he again.,, tS enator, recounting ld Skipwith swelled , blanketed the corn- Wen had been peace- they began carry- Came to town with with a pistol. his life in dan- owner of the Richards was a search. One asked Mr. Whip- sheriff for aid. business," said "I'm the sheriff been given Rouge. He is from the to A. H. Daven- dnapped boy, J. Campbell, quit the parish. as living notices have rs, but threats klansmen. t Service. ' in this gloomy came with the of the of justice by W. trying to work by day. At night they drove fiar into the country. At midnight a witness would be smuggled into headquarters. Dr. Mc- Koin's office is within a stone's throw of the federal camp. Spies peered through the darkness to identify those who were being questioned. When a witn?ss was questioned he was re- turned to his home by devious routes. For two months the secret agents have been known as the angels of mercy here. List Is In U. S. Hands. The whole list of the Morehouse klan membership is in the hands fl the government. The actions of every, I member has been traced with the most scrupulous care. The federal men have not threatened; they hae never been ruthless. But they have slowly gathered up complete evidence. From the day of the murders there has been no apparent effort by parish officials to find the bodies. The rumor that Danicls and Richards were being] held was permitted to gather weight, t But when the bodies were found, the I coroner hurried out to hold an inquest, l Farland waved him away. Governor Parker's agents took charge. When Burnett, former deputy sheriff, was arrested, the sheriff was pushed aside. The jail in Bastrop is guarded by sol- diers. The discovery of the bodies was the enduring thrill in this community. After Gov. Parker took charge of the investigation the search began. A party of soldiers guarded Lake Coop- er, a shallow pond, which could be waded. Day after day wading parties searched. But in the meantime, Far- land sent for a diver. Only a diver coul hunt L',de LaFourche, the bot- tomless. Word that the diver was coming sped like wireless through the com- munity. On the day the diver was testing his apparatus there were signs of ominous activity about Lake Coop- er, 20 miles away. When night came, the brooding silence of woods and waters did not fail to tingle the nerves of the sol- diers. Suddenly lights flashed at va- r.ious points about the gloomy lake. A machine gun cut loose with a patter] of firing. The soldiers ran all the way I to Mer Rouge to report the new dan-] get. They stumbled into camp ex- / hausted. [ Reinforcements were sent to the| scene in a hurry. All attention in this end of the parish was drawn toward Lake Cooper. And then, with all in- terest elsewhere and no one guarding the remote La Fourche. a half-ton of dynmnite was dropped in it. The ex- plosion rocked houses for miles around. Whoever dropped that"dye played straight into the hands of the investigators. The bodies came up out of the depths of La Fourcle. The identilications were unquestionable. The mu.]ers were on Aug. 24. On the first Monday in September the graRd jury met. The grand jury is drawn by the sheriff'. It investigated I and re.ported nothing. [ Oht Skipwith warned them not to I talk. But now the people are talking.! / CONFESSIONS IMPLICATE 45 IN MASKED MURDER Bastrop, La., Dec. 28.--Confessions that will clear up details, in connec- tion with the kidnapping and slaying of Watt Daniels and T. F. Richards, are in the hands of the authorities, it was learned today. The confessions l involve forty-five prominent citizens] of Morehouse Parish. Attorney Gen- I eral Coco, on the strength of the con- I fessions has arranged for forty-three I warrants. I W ' " we men, conscmus strmken and l hoping for immunity from the sever- est penalty for murder, are said to have unfolded the true story of the midnight raid last August that ended in the death of Daniels and Richards. The bodies were recovered from Lake La Fourche a week ago. Contents of the confessmns will not be announced. Whether the confessions involve T. J. Burnett, former deputy sheriff, and Dr. B. M. McKoin, former mayor of Mer Rouge, was not known tonight. Burnett is in jail here, under guard of state troops. Dr. McKoin is under arrest at Baltimore, Md. He was de- nied liberty on bond' at a habeas cor- pus hearing there today, according to word received here. A deputy sherif with papers for his extradition to Louisiana, is en route to Balthnore CYCLOPS SKIPWITH "-" AND HIS TERRORS IN SHADOW OF ARREST By Robert Lee. (For The Commercial Appeal.) Mer Rouge, La., Jan. 2.---Capt. J. K. Skipwith, .exalted cyclops of Klan 34 of the Realm of Louisiana, is going to be under arrest tomorrow or next day, charged with nmrder. More than 35 members of the Klan crew that kidnapped and murdered Watt Daniels and Thos. F. Richards on Aug. 24 also will be under arrest.' A troop of Louisiana cavalry is also expecbed to arrive in Morehouse Parish tomorrew morning. Orders for the encampmen have been re- ceived. Officers from the adjutant general's department began today slowly taking over the control of the parish. Today a new witness produced evi- dence positively identifying five klans- men as members of the hooded mob that participated ill the killing of Daniels and Richards. Drawing Final Plans. With these preparations the vari- ous forces centered here in the fight to expose the Ku Klux Klan as the determining factor in the outrages which have occurred in the last 12 months are drawing the last plans for spectacular open hearing which is to convene in this parish on Friday. There still is some question of where the hearing is to be held, but as the time grows nearer it seems apparent that the parish courthouse in Bastrop will be the stage. The State of Louisiana is supplying the troops and the legal talent. The federal government is supplying in- vestigators from the Department of Justice. Three more federal men have arrived. The activities of the gov- ernment have been redoubled.- Day and night the automobiles of the se- cret agents are plowing the muddy roads of the primeval jungles and swamps, tracing klan propaganda and interviewing witnesses. Old Skip at Work. But the activity of the klan has been no less apparent and energetic. Skip- worth, the exalted cyclops solemnly treads the streets of Bastrop in his conspicuous gray fedora, his blue reef- er and his gray trousers. He always is to be found on the public square. He walks a few steps and then calls: "0 Ben." A silent man in a slouch hat and with prominent bulges in his hip pockets detaches himself from a group to approach the cy'clops. There is a whispered conversation and Ben resumes his group or hastens off and the cyclops resumes his tread. Now and again he- passes into an office, confers for a few monients and then comes into the street again. He sees them all. He gives orders. They all seem to take deep interest in,what he is saying. He doesn't hesitate to speak of the klan and its work. [while insisting on his extraditio rights, nevertheless was quite willing to return to Louisiana voluntarily, but could not do so until released by the court. "Will you consent to his release so that he may return to Louisiana, and will you authorize your deputy offi- cers to accompany him there?" Gov. Ritchie asked. Will Leave TomoTow "If you are willing to do this he wants to leave tomorrow." The governor's telegram was sent after a conference with Robert R. Carman, counsel for Dr. McKoin, at the governor's office here lat'e today. Dr, McKoin, former mayer of Mer Rouge, La., was arrested here last Tuesday at the request of Gov. Parker and was to have appeared before Gov. Ritchie in extradition, proceedings. Gov. Parker accused hi:n of complicity IN THE HEART OF PINE BLUFF FRANEY BROTHERS Dealers in Paints, Wall Paper and Varnishes 501 Main Street Pine Bluff, Ark. 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