House Inquiry Seeks Evidence in Asheville

A group of Congressional investigators are expected here tomorrow to investigate the activities of the Silver Shirt organization. Immediate steps to arrest William Dudley Pelley, chief of the Silver Shirts, and extradite him to North Carolina, if he can be located, will be taken by the sheriff’s office here, according to instructions issued by Zeb V. Nettles, solicitor of the Nineteenth Judicial District.

Pelley was indicted Wednesday on charges of violation and conspiracy to violate North Carolina “blue sky” laws.

As a result of the order signed yesterday by Judge Michael Schenck of Buncombe County Superior Court, records and correspondence of the Foundation for Christian Economics, Silver Shirts of America, Galahad Press and various affiliated and allied organizations were impounded in one room at the headquarters of the Silver Shirts and a guard placed over them.

The impounding order stated that the records were “necessary as evidence for the State, and that there is danger that such evidence will be removed from this jurisdiction or district.”

It was understood that Federal agents would arrive here shortly to inspect the records.

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