Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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arrests were made of the individuals charged with the crime. The purpose of a reward is to secure the apprehension of the accused and is never offered after the accused is arrested.


NO CONFERENCE WITH COMMUNIST LEADERS

SEPTEMBER 24, 1929

These people,* while entitled to the full and impartial protection of the law in the peaceful exercise of their rights, nevertheless do not themselves speak the language of law and order, and their whole doctrine is fundamentally destructive and alien to North Carolina. If they believed in our form of constitutional government and institutions I could and would talk with them, but their whole teaching is against the American form of government and our most cherished institutions. I do not know how to confer with such a group.


JUDGE HARDING DESIGNATED COMMITTING MAGISTRATE

OCTOBER 3, 1929

Judge Harding is one of the State's ablest and most experienced judicial officers and I feel absolutely confident that a thorough and fearless investigation of the

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In response to an inquiry addressed to him by the Associated Press, Governor Gardner stated that it was not his purpose to invite or enter into conference with Communist leaders. The inquiry grew out of an assumption that the governor might, following his conference with the textile leaders, extend his discussions to include the leaders of the Communist group.
Governor Gardner issued a commission to Judge W. F. Harding, who was holding court in Morganton, and directed him to go to Marion and supersede the coroner's inquest by sitting as a committing magistrate in the hearings growing out of the outbreak of lawlessness in the Marion cotton mills.

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