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

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the mansion. I do not mean I am going to present him with anything. I am just going to give him a chance to make something of himself. I have come to know and like the boy, and he has good qualities in him.


DISORDERS AT MARION

AUGUST 23, 1929

There is no reason why intelligent men sitting around a table cannot come to an agreement, if both are willing to be fair. The people of Marion* must not consider this in the light of a purely local matter. The administration is not thinking solely of Marion, but of the State as a whole. The whole rhythm of America today is changed and men must not think they can act toward their employees or employers as they did twenty-five years ago.

Of course, a man cannot be made to listen to his employees, but he is making a grave mistake if he does not.


THE LAW MUST BE ENFORCED

SEPTEMBER 14, 1929

At this critical period in the State's history, it is well to recall some of the guiding principles upon which our system of government rests and within which it operates. Recent occurrences make it necessary at this time to restate in no uncertain terms the State's policy

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*
The above interview was issued to the press by Governor Gardner after a conference with Judge N. A. Townsend who had been sent to Marion to investigate the disorders.
The above statement was issued by Governor Gardner upon receiving news of the death of Ella May Wiggins, who was killed in the strike disorders in Gastonia, N. C.

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