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The following pages contain a report of the proceedings before the Circuit Court of the United States, at Columbia, S. C., in what are known as the Ku Klux Cases. That portion of the publication which embraces the arguments on the motion to quash the indictment in the case of the United States vs. Allen Crosby, et al., and the evidence and arguments in the case of the United States vs. Robert Hayes Mitchell, et al., is strictly a verbatim report of all that occurred. The evidence in the case of the United States vs. John W. Mitchel and Thomas C. Whitesides is also verbatim, but the remainder of the report is somewhat condensed. In the latter cause, the arguments are verbatim, so far as they relate to questions of general interest, in connection with these Ku Klux prosecutions, and are condensed only in their references to the alibi which the defence attempted to prove.
The evidence in the causes tried subsequently is considerably condensed, but no material fact that appeared, and nothing which occurred to indicate the animus of witnesses, on either side, has been omitted.
The report of the case of Edward Y. Avery is much more complete than that of John S. Miller, and the statements of those prisoners who pleaded guilty are abstracts only to the extent of the omission of a large number of the questions.