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27 Further, numerous UNIA members proclaimed that both the Japanese and the UNIA were on the same side. UNIA member E. W. J. ” When arrested in 1942 by the Detroit Police Department, Elijah Muhammad was found to be in possession of a June 28 newspaper clipping titled, “Immigration Service Nabs Japanese Radical,”29 with details of Takashi’s arrest. Police surveillance, however, did not thwart the Nation until May 1933 when its architect was instructed by the Detroit Police Department to leave the city.
She relayed to the FBI that she had met Fard, or Ford, as he was known to her, in 1919 while he was running a cafe´ on 347 South Flower Street in Los Angeles. Soon after meeting, Hazel began an affair with Ford and gave birth to his son, Wallace Max Ford, in 1920. ”45 Hazel’s suspicion that Fard had been born in New Zealand rested solely on the fact that she had known him to receive and write letters addressed to and from New Zealand. 46 Fard’s relationship with Barton appears to have soured due to his inability or unwillingness to extract a divorce from his wife, Pearl Allen.
Prior to his mysterious exit from the Nation in 1933, Fard had trained a number of ministerial subordinates, the most significant of whom became Elijah Poole. Like many of Fard’s recruits, Poole was a recent migrant from Sandersville, Georgia. 30 Poole, however, was not spared the worst effects of the Depression, and from 1929 to 1931 he and his young family existed on welfare. According to Clegg, joblessness led Poole to alcoholism and detachment from his family: Elijah’s struggle with joblessness in the late 1920s and early 1930s debilitated him emotionally.