GEORGIA: Nightmare on Pine Mountain

On Pine Mountain, 37 miles from Columbus, Ga., a group of men awaited their initiation into the Ku Klux Klan one night last week. One by one they were summoned, unsheeted, into a tar-paper shack to "take the obligation." When the last man had been called, three still remained outside. They had not been invited; they were three newsmen from the Columbus Ledger who had been tipped that this was to be the biggest Ku Klux Klan gathering around Columbus in 20 years.

After an hour or two, the white-sheeted Klansmen emerged. With...

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