Your mother always told you, two wrongs apparently...

JUST AS

September 21, 1992

JUST AS your mother always told you, two wrongs apparently do not make a right.

Thus, a 19-year-old Bel Air man, Curt A. Muffley, faces theft charges in Worcester County criminal court for allegedly grabbing the mask off a Ku Klux Klansman at a KKK recruitment rally July 4th amid the bustle of the boardwalk in Ocean City. The rally quickly dissolved when the hate ghosts were ridden out of town on a rail by vacationers, who had left their troubles at home, but not their consciences.

Klansman Hobert Cox, 25, of Elkton, is to be tried for battery and hindering a police officer for allegedly attacking the man who tried to take his hood, according to the Associated Press.

After a brief hearing recently, Chester Doles, the so-called Grand Klaliff of the Klan, intoned that the incident was a "big mistake" for the souvenir hood hunter.

"He didn't make no friends at home. We've got a Klavern in Bel Air," Doles said threateningly. A Klavern -- why not a Klan-ette? -- is apparently some sort of mini-chapter.

Mr. Doles and his ilk often speak of their organization as just another conservative political action group, not a goon squad; a kinder, gentler version of the Klan of yore. But as his courtside comments reveal, old habits are hard to break.

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