The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The City: Miami #5

Original Caption:

Ku Klux Klan Initiate at Miami.

Miami -- Winter visitors at Miami, Florida, got a real thrill the night of February 7th when 900 members of the Ku Klux suddenly appeared fully garbed on the golf links of the fashionable Miami Country Club. They had with them 355 initiates who were made members after going thru the regular ceremonies. No one except photographers and clansmen were allowed within two hundred feet of the fiery cross and altar. After the ceremony they all disappeared as suddenly as they had come. This is said to be the first public initiation in Florida and the first since 1872. It is said that clansmen from all over the South attended. Initiatives can be seen before the fiery cross and altar while taking the oath. (1922)


Fred said...

Not surprising since the Miami Country Club was restricted. Somehow, the idea of the Klan hitting the links is just plain odd.

Feta said...

Truly a striking photo, but truly an odious lot.

Mr DeBakey said...

Too bad surgical strikes had yet to be invented.

R.H. said...

Those boys knew how to hold a barbecue.