“The fact that a man claims he was dead for seven minutes cannot impeach his testimony in North Carolina, even if it is not exactly a matter that the State Supreme Court has passed on,” Judge Warlick answered.
Mr. Harkins contended that the question would bear on the charges of misrepresentation in the indictment and especially on the value of the book, but the judge remarked that such evidence would not help the State much because “if he was really in eternity for seven minutes and then came back, the book would be worth more than the sixty-cent price anyway.”
When State attorneys continued questioning along the same line, defense counsel Robert H. McNeill protested vehemently, saying: “Your Honor, I think counsel’s persisting in this line of questioning is almost contempt of court.” Judge Warlick then warned Mr. Williams to confine himself to the three remaining counts of the indictment. When the State persisted in asking the same question, defense counsel asked for a mistrial, which was refused.
PRESS’ MONEY PROBED
The question then shifted to the financial affairs of the Galahad Press. Pelley admitted that $13,000 worth of stock was sold the first year, but denied that practically all of it was bought by women. He admitted that the $56,000 income for the first year mentioned in stock advertisements included $13,000 proceeds from stock sales and $13,500 more in donations and silver offerings from his Liberation assemblies.
After he had brought out other points, Mr. Williams asked Pelley: “And despite all this, you think the corporation was doing a prosperous business, prosperous enough to ask people to put more money into?” “I do, sir,” Pelley answered.
David Paul Dra##, convert to Christianity, held the position of librarian to the Propaganda in Rome from 1827 to his death in 1865.