The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 10, 1968 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, June 10, 1968
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(A*.)' CeuriM Ifcwi — Monday, June !«, MW - f«|i Hhi 60.000 View Robert By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) - In life, Seri; Robert F. Kennedy •went where the crowds were,. Now his last campaign is done and they come to him, to stand for a moment before a newly- sodded grave on a grassy slope of Arlington National Cemetery. Nearly 60,000 people made that pilgrimage Sunday, amid steamy heat and afternoon rain. Ethel Kennedy, expecting her llth child, came to kneel at the foot of her husband's grave. Mrs. John F. Kennedy came with her two children, to pray at the' grave of her assassinated husband, then to walk the few steps to the resting place of her assassinated brother-in-law. Tourists with cameras came, and mourners with flowers. They stood six abreast and waited in a burning June sun. And when they had climbed the cemetery hill, many did not know where to look for the grave. They had to ask the sol diers who stood guard there. For only a small, white cross marks the grave of the New York senator, shot down by an assassin in Los Angeles early Wednesday as he celebrated 'a California primary victory.$ : jn his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The walkway leading toward Robert's grave goes to that of John Ketinedy, assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. And the crowds were drawn automatically toward that memorial, with its everburning flame. The new grave Is outside the low hedge which borders the memorial to the slain President and is shielded by the broad, low branches of a magnolia tree. '•'.'' '•' • - .'' •; The graves of the brothers who lived in politics and died in gunfire are * scant 50 feet apart, * . * * .' A family spokesman said Robert's gravesite is temporary but the permanent burial place will be in the same general area. A simple memorial will be designed later. From dawn until dusk Sunday people came. An evening cloudburst drove many to shelter, but many others ignored the rain to continue their pssion r continue their procession past the grave. •It was the day President Johnson had proclaimed a national day of mourning for the 42-year-old senator who challenged him for the White House. Johnson and his wife joined in a private religious service conducted by evangelist Billy Graham at the White House. A masstive array of flowers sent to the cemetery Saturday formed an arc on the hillside above the gravesite. ' , Singer Andr Williams drove the widow to the cemetery. Roosevelt C-rier, the giant professional football player, and former Olympic decathalon champion Rafer Johnson were with them. . Grier and Johnson were with Kennedy when he was shot, and seized Sirhan Bishara Sjrhan, the man accused of assassinating Kennedy in a kitchen passageway of the Ambassador Hotel. * . * * Many in the long procession of Sunday visitors left flowers on the low wall that kept them about 15 feet from the fresh 1 grave. Some bowed their heads and made the sign of the cross. Away» there were people. The cemetery gates had closed at midnight after Kennedy's burial, but nearly 100 people stayed outside, to wait the eight hours until the morning's opening. ' By then some 300 were waiting and they filed up the hill, their ranks swiftly swelled by arriving thousands. No one could count the crowds that saw Kennedy to that resting place from the funeral con- ducted Saturday morning at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. In vast throngs they stood along the 225-mile route of the funeral train which bore Kennedy's family and his body, in an African mahogany casket, from New York City to Washington. Their very numbers slowed the pace of the 21-car train, and added new sorrow to a day of mourning, A man and a woman, waiting near the edge of the platform at Elizabeth, N.J., to see the Kennedy train were swept onto the tracks and killed by a train heading northward. In Trenton, N.J., an 18-year- old youth was critically injured when he stood on a box car for a better view and touched a live wire. , There was mechanical trouble, too, a stop for inspection of a smoking brake. At Philadelphia, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, last of the four Kennedy brothers, stepped to the rear platform of the train, to wave, gently .in acknowledgement of the' throng that had come to watch his. brother's journey to the grave: I , With the crowds and the accidents, a journey which' was: to 'have taken four hours required ' r vthan eight. • ' last tour cars of the Friends Urge EMK To Quit Polities By DONALD M. ROTHBERG Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) :- Still go young to have come so far, to have grieved so much, Edward M. Kennedy stands alone-the last of the Kennedy brothers. Six years in which triumph and tragedy have followed one another in terribly swift succession have thrust him at 36 into leadership of a fabled political family. •• - . . A family with a quest that by its logic he must take up. His brother John was a senator from Massachusetts when he expressed it: "Just as I-went into, politics because Joe died, if anything happened to me tomorrow, my brother, Bobby, would, run for my seat in the Senate and if Bobby died, Teddy would take •ver for him." So it was that while many still mourned Robert,- eyes and thoughts turned-to-Edward,-: ./ Whije the nation watched him rise to his new role—comforting the widow, delivering a moving tribute to his brother, greeting the crowds •that gathered along the route, of the funeral train- many wondered when and how he would take up 'the quest. But in New Orleans;Sunday, Archbishop- Philip M. Hannan, who presided at graveside ceremonies for Robert, said in an interview that close friends of the Kennedy family are urging Edward to withdraw from political life. The prelate told the New Orleans' Times-Picayune that one consideration is that Edward is the only adult son in a large family which now has many fatherless children. But he added that he could not predict what the last Kennedy brother's decision will be. "Teddy now has an assuredness and a sense of mission that h« eould not have bid befoi* the tragedies," Awhbfohop Hainan laid. Led by Teddy Kennedy, the handsome youth in » hurry to join his brother* M Washington, is gone forever. It was March mi. Teddy had Just turned 30, minimum age for U.S. senators. The youngest #f tht three surviving sons of financier Joseph' P'; Kennedy an- nounced his.Senate candidacy. lf,your name was simply Edward Moore," his primary elefr tion-opponent taunted^-"instead bf Edward Moore''Kennedy, your''cafididacyi would be a joke. 1 ' •.•.'• ••"'V But his name was Kennedy. And he had a glorious smile and an easy manner, that reinforced the; magic of his; name and made victory seem easy. "The best politician in the family," brother John called him. Kennedy, so too did the moment | a full six-year term that Novem- of triumph" when he took his I ber" offered few' problems.His Senate seat in January 1963. * * * Aware of the dangers of being tagged as "the one Kennedy too many," Edward told, newsmen he planned to stay out of the limelight. l ib family;., ^including " lohde;;wife,. .Joan, pretty waged a campaign that swamped his Re- publicah'opponent by'more than one million-votes, a new state record. The next January, with the Ted studied his new ]OD. He aide of a back brace and a cane, saw newsmen only for home state newspapers and turned down chances for, national television exposure. . -, He sought out the Senate eld- claim unprece- ly Robert, were anthema. nent in Ameri- He listened to their advice and, above all, obeyed a prime rule for freshman senators: he kept quiet. -So 1 the'Senate elders'learned what ; Massachusetts Voter's knew: This indeed was the likeable Kennedy. -The assassination of President Kennedy was shattering to Robert Kennedy. He was haunted by its memory. Edward responded differently. On. the Monday morning of the President's funeral, Edward worked briefly at his Senate office. : ; ••••'• . "I felt this was where he would have'expected'me to be," he later said. .'.'.' It was March 1964,' more than J year after'he entered the Sen- When Congress convened in j ers—mostly Southerners to January 1963, the Kennedy | whom the Kennedys, particular- brothers could clair ~ dented achievement can politics. • •'-"• John was President, Robert was attorney general, Edward was a senator. The oldest brother, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., had been the one the family thought most likely to succeed in ipolitics. But he was killed in World War II. - So John took up the quest. An unbroken : succession of election victories'carried him to the presidency. Then in Dallas in November-1963, he was shot.and killed by an assassin. . - /: ' So Robert took up the quest. He moved to New York and won V Senate seat. This year he sought the presidency. Then in Los Angeles, after a moment of triumph in the California primary, Robert was shot and killed by an assassin, In the close-knit Kennedy family it was natural for the three brothers to think alike on major issues. Alike; they wer« io many ways. But not all. John Kennedy was the bookish brother. A graceful, eloquent man, he was, nevertheless, reserved, aloof with strangers. Bobby was the moody, intense brother; Whether seeking evidence as counsel for a Senate committee or managing one of John's campaigns, Bobby operated with an intensity many called nithlessittu. He was the most controversial, the least liked of the brothers. Teddy was the lik«aW* brother. No on* ever called Teddy ruthless, Less .eloquent than John, less moody than '•• Bobby, tall, handsom* Teddy Is-easy to like. • ; .-, If tragedy has-sha'ped'Edward * Now PossibleTo Shrink Painful Hemorrhoids AndPhMnpdySt CMM. j3w (went n I «• other f **«•!» . 1MHMMI IMv i? •ncHMh In ointnentor wppocitocy before Edward gave his major Senate speech, a moving plea for the civil rights bill President Kennedy had pro- ate, first Edward Kennedy has not escaped violence. On a June night in 1964 he was aboard, a private plane that crashed in Massachusetts. He suffered a broken back that immobilized him in a hospital for six months. But running for re-election for Edward Kennedy attended the opening Senate session. Edward Kennedy.- had ma- .tured in the .eyes of his colleagues ,who "admired the way he had mastered : all details'of the as well as the way he worked quietly'to muster support; He was to Win their admiration again for his work on gun- control legislation, Selective Service : . .reform,, 'and,• refugee problems'ia Southeast'Asia and the Middle East. On the Vietnam war, Edward Kennedy leaned for a while toward support of the administration's policy. ••'.'" But gradually he moved closer to Robert's position of opposition to the war. •• His success in the; Senate Has given Edward a , potentially clearer path toward.the presir dency than Robert, was able to find. ':'•.': :. "..' Before Robert's death, Edward was mentioned as a-ppten- tia vice presidential nominee If Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey won the Democratic presidential nomination, and iiqw it is being mentioned more, frequently. • . '. So Edward may yet one day fulfill the prediction made years ago by former Democratic party strategist James A. 'Farley: "Sooner.'or later Teddy is going to wind up president. He's got more moxie than Jackmore personality and charm." 1,146-passenger train were reserved for the Kennedy; family. The widow, the brother who had just eulogized Robert, and eon Joseph, 15, left those cars to walk the train, to thank the people who rode it. President Johnson and his wife, who had gone to New York for the funeral, then returned to Washington,, were waiting at Union Station, at the foot of Capitol Hill, when it arrived in darkness. And an estimated 500,000 people were waiting along the 414 mile route between station and cemetery. There had been Evening showers but :a near full moon was shining through the clouds as the cortege to Arling^ ton began. - : National'Guardsmen and police cordoned off the 'crowds as the cortege wound through the rain-dampened streets. * * * While 1 some mourners were still boarding limousines at the station, the cortege rolled past the New Senate Office Buiding, where Kennedy had worked in a third-floor .suite. ; .':.." The hearse and its procession moved on, then paused momentarily on Constitution Avenue outside the Justice Department where Kennedy began his legal career and later served as attorney general. Then on to the Lincoln Memorial and stop near Resurrection City, base of the Poor People's Campaign. '• • Four'choirs at the,. Lincoln monument combined voices in singing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God," then, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." ~'V * * And finally, the last short trip across Memorial Bridge, to the floodlit graveside beyond. A vast company of mourners, more than 1,000 of Washington's officias, already had assembled there. '• : The cortege moved up the hill, halted. Twelve pall bearers, led by youngj Joseph Kennedy, '.took the flag-draped.casket from the hearse, 'carried it up the lawn to the grave, lowered it softly to the grass. • * * ' '* "Lord have mercy," intoned Archbishop Philip M. Harmon of .*..*„*. New Orleans. Four other prelates said brief prayers. Then the pallbearers folded the flag. John Glenn Jr., the former astronaut and a close Keiv nedy friend, snapped it into trianguar folds as the pallbearers handed it toward him. Glenn turned, gave the folded flag to Edward Kennedy. Edward handed it to the widow. A band played "America the Beautiful." Candles flickered in the hands of the Kennedy children. President and Mrs. Johnson stepped over to shake hands, speak briefly to the widow and brother. Then Mrs. .Kennedy and Edward knelt beside the coffin; She bent, touched her lips to the wood. The widow made the sign of the .cross, 'bent over the casket one last time; One by : one, the children and other members of the family knelt over the casket. The'final service was brief. President Johnson, holding Mrs. Johnson's arm, departed first. Widow Ethel and Edward, their arms linked, walked back down the hill. The other mourn' ers followed. And 12 hours and 45 minutes from the start of the funeral in New York, the cortege of limousines began 'to .pull away into the night, its.mission over. But at the cemetery, there was one last reminder of .another assassination, another burial. Jacqueline Kennedy 'and her. children walked to the grave of the President," knelt there, crossed themselves and placed flowers- : on the .nameplate of black slate.: Quick Quiz Q—What is the average age of the pages at. the U.. S, Capitol? A—They range in .age from 14 toi 17 and are paid $5,000 yearly; They work and attend school full time at the Capitol Page School. Q—When was the first postseason bowl .football game played? A — It was held at the Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 1902. Michi- -gan defeated Stanford, 49-0. Q — Which is the world's longest navigable river? • '. ', A — The Amazon, which sea- going vessels can ascend as far as Iquitos, Peru, about 2,300 miles from the Atlantic seaboard. Q — Do any birds build communal nests.? ;• * • A — The anls in Florida and Texas build communal nestH andi~ several females deposit thei*-" eggs in it. All the anis, turns incubating and, later^jii^j caring for the young. ' ,j.«'% BLUE CROSS V BLUE SHIELD June, 1968 TRAVEL TIME IS HERE! When you vacation, take your Arkansas Blue Cross-Blue Shield membership card with you. It is recognized and honored almost everywhere in the world. If you need it, it helps establish your credit-and then helps pay the bills. It -is the most valuable credit card you can own. LAST MONTH'S SCORECARD Total paid for care of ' „.,,,,.., .. Arkansas members ,..•... $1,414,157.14 Total number of payments for Care of Arkansas members 17,735 Largest payment for one Arkansas member's care $7,071.08 WHEN YOU SEE A LARGE PAYMENT like the one above, you may wonder what the total bill ran forthe" patient; In this case, the liospilal charge was just over 58,100.00. The $7,071.08 paid by ; Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield paid ALL THE BILL except : •the difference in room rate allowance and the cost of blood. As j we've said before, Blue Cross-Blue Shield always performs 100% a« guaranteed by the member's contract. And if you are a member, you have the best help available for paying hospital and Doctor, bills, ANOTHER BIG BILL last month was' one for $7,131.83. We paid $5,954.83 for this member. Here again, we paid all the hospital bill except the difference in the room late allowance and the cost of blood. 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