Atheist can't testify in NC
ONE-DAY STRIKE CALLED BY "REDS" IN COTTON MILLS Workers Are Asked to Cease While Funeral of Woman Striker Killed by Mob Is Held. EIGHT ARE FREED State Says It Is Unable, to Get Evidence Against Persons Persons Accused of Conspiracy Conspiracy Plot. Charlotte, N. C, Sept. 16.—(/P)— A call for a one day strike of all workers in cotton mills <of this section section was issued here tonight by Hugo Oehler, southern organizer for the National Textile Workers' Union, and Bill Dunne, secretary of the communist party in America. The strike was called for tomorrow simultaneously with the funeral of Mrs. Eila May Wiggins, mill striker, striker, who was killed by a mob near Gastonia Saturday. The circular issued by Oehler and Dunne urges workers to leave the mills tomorrow to attend the funeral funeral of the woman. No Trouble Expected. Dunne and Liston M. Oak, publicity publicity director for the workers' international international relief, said tonight that they did not believe there would be any trouble at the funeral. The call for the one day strike attacked the Manville-Jenckes Company, where the union called a strike last April and where are employed a number of persons accused accused of being in the mob that flogged Ben Wells, union organizer, last Monday. In the first of the series of hearings hearings scheduled for today, eight textile strikers and communists accused accused of having conspired to overthrow overthrow the government were released. released. The state announced it had been unable to get evidence to back up the warrant issued last Friday on' the- request' of H. M. Joyner, city detective, after the men had been' arrested' when a quantity of guns and ammunition was seized in a boarding house where they were staying.' Hearing Is Postponed.' The hearing of Liston M. Oak, publicity director, here for the international international labor defense, on charges of carrying concealed weapons, was postponed until tomorrow. tomorrow. A charge against A. M. Grier, Oak's chauffeur, also" was continued. In Judge Thomas J. Shaw's court, the efforts of persons arrested on charges of being In the mob that kidnaped C. M. Lell, C. D. Saylor and Ben Wells, and flogged Wells, continued. Numerous persons took the witness stand to supply alibis for accused men. Ben wells, British textile worker and organizer for the National Textile Workers' Union, was able to be in court today the first time since he was whipped. He testified that he had been seized in Gastonia by a mob, carried to a point near Concord after being knocked unconscious, unconscious, and flogged. Wells was unable to give the names of any of his assailants, but pointed out In court Dewey Carver, A. G. Morehea'd. Smiley Lewis, John Holly, Carl Holloway and Lee Johnson, defendants. He picked them out from among persons in the court room. A few minutes later, however, under questioning of defense attorneys, attorneys, Wells disqualified himself as a witness . in North Carolina when he said he did not believe in the Bible and a God who would punish "if you tell a lie." The North Carolina law disqualifies disqualifies a witness who says he does not believe in God. Wells had kissed the Bible when he took the oath. . • •• Wells testified that he was a member of the British communist party and that he came to the United^ States from Manchester, England, in 1926.