Senate pays tribute to Robert F. Kennedy
to comes 14 of an 1. urges on by to for boss, U.S. F. conference critic policies, Kennedy's for bands Sen. Shocked, Stunned Senate Ponders America 9 s Plight WASIUNGTON (UPI) "What in the name of god has happened to us? "What does it take to awaken us from our deep sleep? "Are we so blind that we cannot see? "Are we so deaf that we cannot hear? "Are we so dumb that we cannot understand?" OPEN SENATE With these questions, and with only a handful of senators present, Democra'tic l e a d e r Mike Mansfield opened Thursday's Thursday's meeting of the Senate. The galleries were half-filled with tourists. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey presided. The session broke the tradition tradition under which the Senate usually adjourned immediately when one of its members dies. But Mansfield told reporters he had been in touch with the Kennedy family and said, "They said this is what Bob would like to have done." He introduced a resolution expressing the Senate's "pro- tound sorrow and deep regret'' at the death of Kennedy. Mansfield had delivered a eulogy to President John F. Kennedy in the Capitol Rotunda in the November weekend following his assassination in 1963. Now he delivered one to Robert Kennedy. "The assassination of our late colleague...marked the passing of a man of courage, dedication, integrity and patriotism," he said. "I grieve for my country and for the Kennedys-all of them." He said, "We can learn from Massive Damage; To IJI K\ Brain LOS ANGELES (UPI)-The bullet wound in the brain of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was so severe that even if he had lived there would have been "extensive "extensive damage," Coroner Thomas Noguchi said Thursday. "Scattered fragments of the bullet and bone tissue damaged the main portion of the right side of the brain," said the coroner. He refused to comment specifically on whether there might have been impairment of eyesight, speech and movement but said "the injury was so Women Ask Voluntary Area Gun Registration The assassination of Sen. Robert Robert F. Kennedy has prompted a group of Fremont housewives to seek voluntary registration of firearms throughout the city. Mrs. Dorothy Davis of 43244 Coit Ave. and another housewife have joined forces with Mrs. Margaret Damery. who inspired the move, to circulate a petition throughout the city asking for voluntary registration of all guns. Mrs. Damery sent a letter to the Fremont city council which was read shortly after midnight Wednesday just a few minutes before Sen. Kennedy was shot She asked the city to consider a local regulation to control sale and use of guns in the city. "I read the story in the paper this morning and conticted Mrs. Damery asking if I could help circulate petitions and get community support for the cause." Mrs. Davis said. Mrs. Davis said she was calling calling every neighbor she can and urging their heip or support to get the campaign underway to ask for voluntary registratio'n of firearms. "I see no harm in it." she said. "A law abiding person should have no objections. It won't prevent them from having guns for the purpose intended, ihey shouldn't be ashamed to register their firearms.'' severe as to cause extensive damage." Noguchi said all the vital organs were removed from Kennedy's body, including the entire brain, and retained here for further pathological examination. examination. START AUTOPSY The complete autopsy report will not be completed for a few weeks, said Noguchi. "It must be thorough. Let me emphasize that we have the very best of facilities." he said. Noguchi. two pathologists on his staff and three medical consultants from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington. D.C.. started me autopsy at 3 a.m. PDT and completed it at 9:15 a.m. "Hundreds and hundreds of colored pictures were taken." said Noguchi. The forma! autopsy bulletin said: "The cause of death is ascribed by me as a gunshot wound of the right mastoid penetrating the brain. Complete findings will be contained in the official autopsy report." Noguchi said it was undetermined undetermined which bullet struck Kennedy first. One small caiiber bullet entered the back portion of the right arm pit and traveled upward. It lodged just beneath the flesh of Kennedy's neck. That bullet was removed and turned over to the police. It tore through layers of muscle tissue but did not penetrate any vital organs. what has taken place and attempt to find out the causes, seek the cures and do what we can to bring an end to the disrespect, irresponsibility and outright contempt for life and law which is so prevalent today." DELIVER TRIBUTES One by one, other senators entered and delivered tributes. Sen. John Pastore. D-R.L, usually a fiery orator, spoke in hushed tones. He said Kennedy was a lawyer whose "clients were the penniless and the friendless." He was a senator from New Zork but "his real constitutents was the entire world of the underprivileged," he said. The Senate's major work was its 75-0 approval of legislation granting Secret Service protection protection to all major presidential and vice presidential contenders. contenders. J. at M.ow-Yield' Atom Device Tested YUCCA FLAT. Nev. il'PIi- The Atomic Energy Commission Thursday exploded a "low yield" nuclear device at its Nevada Test Site. The A EC said the underground underground blast was the 20th announced detonation this vear. Fremont Twenty-four hundred workers walked out of the Fremont General Motors assembly plant at noon yesterday because they said a foreman had declared Robert F. Kennedy "got what he deserves." The plant then closed for the day. The statement was attributed to a general foreman in charge of 120 workers in the cushion shop by two workers. Lonnie Davis and John Harris.