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In the following reprint of this original "Prescript" the pages and lines, and numbering, with the accompanying bracket, conform to the original. Outside of superior figures in the text referring to notes at the bottom, it was aimed to reproduce the original in all respects except that the page here is a little larger both ways than the original and that the lines here do not end evenly at the right, while they are properly adjusted in the original. The type is practically the same. All bars here are the same as in the original, and of course nothing above or below the top and bottom ones here is in the original except that the original page [1 has no bar at bottom, that limit being reached here at the first line of the foot note. Thus, leaving out superior figures and allowing for page [1, the bar here, with everything between them, represent the original page, even to typographical errors.

The more important variations in the “Revised and Amended Prescript," with editorial notes, are indicated in the foot notes placed below the lowest bar here except as already mentioned for page (1. This “Revised” Prescript has only one Latin Phrase to the page, that being at top. These phrases also differ a little from those in the original. It will be seen that the original has only one phrase on page [1. The “Revised” has nothing at bottom of type page, but has four more pages than the original. The two are very similar in general appearance. ical Magazine, January, 1900, there is a photographic reprint of the "Revised” Prescript, and the certificate of the man who printed it. In the same magazine for January, 1901, there is what purports to be an explanation of the secret cypher of the Klan, but from internal evidence one would say that more likely it is the cypher of the Union League. The obligation, constitution and by-laws of a local Den were published in the proceedings of the Ku Klux trials at Columbia, S C., pp. 175-177, and again in the fifth volume of the Ku Klux Report. pp. 1686-1687. In the fourth volume of this report is printed the oath that was administered to a candidate for admission to a Den.

Damnant quod non intelligunt.

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PRESCRIPT
OF THE

What may this mean,
That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel,
Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon,
Making night hideous; and we fools of nature,
So horridly to shake our disposition,
With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls ?

An' now auld Cloots, I ken ye're thinkin',
A certain Ghoul is rantin', drinkin',
Some luckless night will send him linkin',

To your black pit;
But, faith! he'll turn a corner jinkin',

An' cheat you yet.

(The more important variations in the Revised Prescript are noted in foot notes.)

REVISED AND AMENDED
PRESCRIPT

OF THE
ORDER

OF THE

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Amici humani generis.

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CREED. We the

reverently acknowledge
the Majesty and Supremacy of the Divine being,
and recognize the Goodness and Providence of the
Same.

PREAMBLE.
We recognize our relations to the United States?
Government and acknowledgo the supremacy of
its laws.

APPELLATION.
ARTICLE I. This organization shall be styled and
denoininated the

Titles, ART. II. The officers of this shall consist of a Grand Wizard of the Empire and his ten Genii; a Grand Dragon of the Realm and his eight Hydras; a Grand Titan of the Dominion and his six Furies; a Grand Giant of the Province and his four Goblins; a Grand Cyclops of the Den and his two Night Hawks; a Grand Magi, a Grand Monk, a Grand Exchequer, a Grand Turk, a Grand Scribe, a Grand Sentinel, and a Grand Ensign.”

Sec. 2, The body politic of this shall be designated and known as “Ghouls,”

Divisions. ART. II. This shall be divided into five de-* partments, all combined, constituting the Grand

of the Empire. The second department to be called the Grand of the Realm. The third, the Grand of the Dominion. The fourth, the Grand * of the Province. The fifth, the of the Den.

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DutieS OF OFFICERS.

GRAND WIZARD.
Art. IV. See 1. It shall be the duty of the Grand
Wizard, who is the Supreme Officer of the Empire,
to communicate with and receive reports from the

Magna est veritas, et prevalebit.

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and instead of in the body of the Prescript is written "Order."

? "The supremacy of the Constitution, the Constitutional Laws thereof, and the Union of States thereunder.'

“CHARACTER AND OBJECT OF THE Order:- This an institution of Chivalry, Humanity, Mercy, and Patriotism; embodying in its genius and its principles all that is chivalric in conduct, noble in sentiment, generous in manhood and patriotic in purpose; its peculiar objects being

First: To protect the weak, the innocent, and the defenseless, from the indignities, wrongs and outrages of the lawless, the violent and the brutal; to relieve the injured and oppressed; to succor the suffering and unfortunate, and especially the widows and orphans of Confederate soldiers.

Second: 'Io protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and all laws passed in conformity thereto, and to protect the States and the people thereof from all invasion from any source whatever.

Third: To aid and assist in the execution of all constitutional laws and to protect the people from unlawful seizure, and from trial except by their peers in conformity to the laws of the land.

3 No Grand Ensign is provided for. * Empire: Md., Va., N. C., S. C., Ga., Fla., Ala., Miss., La., Texas, Ark., Mo., Ky., & Tenn. Four departments: Realm (State); Dominion (several counties); Province

(county); Den (part of Province).

Nec scire fas est omnia.

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Grand Dragons of Realms, as to the condition, strength, efficiency and progress of the *s within their respective Realms. And he shall communicate from time to time, to all subordinates *s, through the Grand Dragon, the condition, strength, efficiency, and progress of the *s throughout his vast Empire; and such other information as he may deem expedient to impart. And it shall further be his duty to keep by his G Scribe a list of the names (without any caption or explanation whatever) of the Grand Dragons of the different Realms of his Empire, and shall number such Realms with the Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, &c., ad finem. And he shall instruct his Grand Exchequer as to the appropriation and disbursement which he shall make of the revenue of the that comes to his hands. He shall have the sole power to issue copies of this Prescript, through his Subalterns and Deputies, for the organization and establishment of subordinate *s And he shall have the further power to appoint his Genii; also, a Grand Scribe and a Grand Exchequer for his Department, and to appoint and ordain Special Deputy Grand Wizards to assist him in the more rapid and effectual dissemination and establishment of the * throughout his Empire. He is further empowered to appoint and instruct Deputies, to organize and control Realms, Dominions, Provinces, and Dens, until the same shall elect a Grand Dragon, a Grand Titan, a Grand Giant, and a Grand Cyclops, in the manner hereinafter providded. And when a question of paramount importance to the interest or prosperity of the * arises, not provided for in this Prescript, he shall have power to determine such question, and his decision shall be final, until the same shall be provided for by amendment as hereinafter provided.'

Ne vile fano.

1 The Grand Wizard appoints the Grand Dragons under him, the latter not being elective. He also appoints his own staff as before. No special deputies are provided for.

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GRAND DRAGON. Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Grand Dragon' who is the Chief Officer of the Realm, to report to the Grand Wizard when required by that officer, the condition, strength, efficiency, and progress of the * within his Realm, and to transmit through the Grand Titan to the subordinate *s of his Realm, all information or intelligence conveyed to him by the Grand Wizard for that purpose, and all such other information or instruction as he may think will promote the interests of the * He shall keep by his G. Scribe a list of the names (without any caption) of the Grand Titans of the different Dominions of his Realm, and shall report the same to the Grand Wizard when required; and shall number the Dominions of his Realm with the Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, &c., ad finem. He shall instruct his Grand Exchequer as to the appropriation and disbursement of the revenue of the * that comes to his hands. He shall have the power to appoint his Hydras; also, a Grand Scribe and a Grand Exchequer for his Department, and to appoint and ordain Special Deputy Grand Dragons to assist him in the more rapid and effectual dissemination and establishment of the * throughout his Realm. He is further empowered to appoint and instruct Deputies to organize and control Dominions, Provinces and Dens, until the same shall elect a Grand Titan, a Grand Giant, and Grand Cyclops, in the manner hereinafter provided.

GRAND TITAN.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Grand Titan who is the Ch Officer of the Dominion, to report to the Grand Dragon when required by that officer, the condition, strength, efficiency, and progress of the within his Dominion, and to transmit through the Grand Giants to the subordinate *s

Nusquam tuta fides.

1 The Grand Dragon appoints the Grand Titans, subject to the approval of the Grand Wizard. He appoints his own staff as before. No special deputies are provided for.

: There must not be more than three Dominions in any Congressional District.

* The Grant Titan appoints Grand Giants, and his own staff. No special deputies.

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