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I have woven a double love-story are historical figures. I have merely changed their names without taking a liberty with any essential historic fact.
In the darkest hour of the life of the South, when her wounded people lay helpless amid rags and ashes under the beak and talon of the Vulture, suddenly from the mists of the mountains appeared a white cloud the size of a man's hand. It grew until its mantle of mystery enfolded the stricken earth and sky. An “Invisible Empire” had risen from the field of Death and challenged the Visible to mortal combat.
How the young South, led by the reincarnated souls of the Clansmen of Old Scotland, went forth under this cover and against overwhelming odds, daring exile, imprisonment, and a felon's death, and saved the life of a people, forms one of the most dramatic chapters in the history of the Aryan race.
THOMAS Dixon, jr. DIXONDALE, Va., December 14, 1904.
LEADING CHARACTERS OF THE STORY
Scene: Washington and the Foot-Hills of the Carolinas.
Time: 1865 to 1870.
BEN CAMERON . Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan MARGARET
His Sister MRS. CAMERON
His Mother DR. RICHARD CAMERON
His Father HON. AUSTIN STONEMAN Radical Leader of Congress PHIL
His Son ELSIE
His Daughter MARION LENOIR.
Ben's First Love MRS. LENOIR
Her Mother JAKE
A Faithful Man SILAS LYNCH
A Negro Missionary UNCLE ALECK
The Member from Ulster CINDY
His Wife COL. HOWLE
A Carpet-bagger AUGUSTUS CAESAR
Of the Black Guard CHARLES SUMNER
Of Massachusetts GEN. BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Of Fort Fisher ANDREW JOHNSON
The President U. S. GRANT
The Commanding General ABRAHAM LINCOLN
The Friend of the South