Asheville, N. C. (Aug. 21)
The Buncombe County Grand Jury indicted William Dudley Pelley again today for violation of the Security Law in selling stocks in his Galahad Press.
Arraigned with Pelley are three of his henchmen who are said to have taken part in the Silver Shirtissimo’s business affairs. They are:
Robert C. Summerville
Don D. Kellogg
H. M. Hardwicke
The Galahad Press, now bankrupt, served as an organ for the metaphysical utterances of the reader of the Silver Shirts. Through it, Pelley circulated broadcasts from the Great Beyond, which he alone was privileged to hear.
Summerville was indicted with his chief last May on charges of fraudulent stock sales, but he continued his activities in the Silver Legion, which is fashioned after the stormtroops of Adolf Hitler. Summerville was ordained chief of staff in the Silver Legion shortly after Pelley decided that what this country needed was a Hitler capable of “showing the Jews their place” in American affairs.
Kellogg was also indicted on the same counts during the May sessions, but this is the first time Hardwicke has been brought to answer before the law.
The quartet of Silver Shirts will face trial in Superior Court when the criminal term opens on September 17, it was learned today.
Hardwicke, still at large, is expected to be arrested momentarily. The others have been under $2,500 bond since their arrest.
When the Silver Shirt heads come up for trial they will be asked to respond to an indictment containing sixteen counts, all of them understood to involve Pelley’s business transactions.