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58 The Communist Party would also invoke the spirit of Ella May. " The party called for a one-day strike and mass protests to mark her death, though neither would occur. " The Labor Defender, the monthly publication of the 1LD, printed a likeness of the martyred minstrel on the cover of its October issue. Inside, among articles about the Gastonia strike and the trial of Chief Aderholt's alleged murderers, were two pictures of her five orphaned children. " There the song appeared with two additional verses, which are also in Dorothy Myra Page's Gathering Storm: A Story ofc the Black Belt, a proletarian novel based upon the Gastonia strike, published in 1932.

Carpenter led the prosecution. Among the other prosecuting attorneys were Clyde R. Hoey, Governor Gardner's brother-in-law, and A. L. Bulwinkle, the Manville-Jenckes attorney who had led the Committee of One Hundred. ) The presiding judge, M. V. Barnhill, agreed to a defense motion to have the trial moved. " Carpenter went to great lengths in the trial. At one point he uncovered a wax model of the fallen chief of police dressed in his bloody uniform. This fantastic ploy was derived from the contemporary movie The Trial oft Mary Dugan, which had recently run in both Charlotte and Gastonia, though in the movie the defense had employed this trick.

Ultimately, it would be one of the leaders who would die, Ella May herself, but that tragic episode in the strike was still to come,46 Regarding the ballad Ella May modeled for "Chief Aderholt," Henry M. '" The song was recorded by Vernon Dalhart (Columbia, 1925) and sold approximately 300,000 copies. " In addition, Ella May modeled her "All Around the Jailhouse," discussed later in this chapter, on "Waiting for a Train" (variant title, "All Around the Watertank"), popularized by country music singer Jimmie Rodgers (Victor, 1928).

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