Beatrice Daily Sun from Beatrice, Nebraska on November 25, 1963 · Page 1
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Beatrice, Nebraska
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Monday, November 25, 1963
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Hl|li, Itw A yt*r age Piectoltstlen Mi Praelpftatlefi this yeaf •» Pncfr. to dm* tat year H-tl 3ft SVJf BEATRICE DAILY SUN Weather 1 9T 9fWW t0tlsfpRf I9W M partly cloudy tnd c^Ntef 17-41. •II TM DMa't lee !t !• The ftVft ft OMil •«•*••* BEATRICE, NEBRASKA, MONDAY BVRNCfG, NOVEMBER W, 196S 7c VOL. ft HO. 113 JOHN KENNEDY BID FAREWELL * • * • * * * »•*• •• *• • * ** A none-drawn caisson bearing the body of President John Fittgerald Kennedy is borne to the Capitol to lie in •tote. Beside the caisson walked a military guard to the mournful roll of muffled drums. In the background is the White House as the cortege moves from the grounds of the Emcutlve Mansion. (AP Photo). Follows sun around globe World joins in mourning loss of Its leader LONDON (AP) — Governments and men and women around the world joined today in mourning services for President Kennedy. Their grief was mixed with shock and astonishment at the assassination of Lee H. Oswald. They started in the Far East, where Nov. 25 first dawned, and followed around the gobe as it turned to the sun. No Observance Only in Communist China was there no official observance of the President's funeral. The Chinese Reds reported Kennedy's death Friday, but have made no comment on it. Sunday, however, they assailed President Johnson, saying he supported reactionary policies under Kennedy. Thousands of American soldiers attended memorial services in South Korea. Most of the 50,000 GI's were taken off duty to observe the day of mourning and attend the services. Japanese Emperor Hirohito sent Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko to memorial services at Tokyo's St. Ignatius Church. The government ordered the Japanese flag flown at half staff over all government buildings today and Tuesday. Final Salutes At U.S. bases throughout Japan the big guns roared final salutes over the heads of 50,000 servicemen and their dependents, assembled in a cold rain. Most of the 10,000 Americans on Formosa attended religious services for the President. Thousands of Chinese from all walks of life joined them. Nationalist China's flags also were at half staff. Berlinert were to gather at nightfall in the City Hall Square for • ceremony renaming it for Kennedy. Beatrice joins in day of mourning In Beatrice, as throughout the nation, this was a day of mourning. Schools and city, county, state and federal offices were closed all day; nearly all business places were closed during the morning; and most meetings scheduled for the day were cancelled. In churches, Beatricians bowed their heads in prayer for the late president, his family, the new president, and for the nation. Several services were at 9 a. m., so that worshipers could join, via television, in the final rites for President Kennedy in Washington. High Requiem Mass Every pew of St. Joseph's Catholic Church was filled this morning for the special High Requiem Mass. There were large numbers of people, also, at special prayer services at Centenary Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and at the Christian Science Church. Worshipers represented many congregations. At 6 o'clock this evening, Christ Church Episcopal will conduct a special Requiem Solemn Mass. Sunday evening, just at sun down, several hundred people gathered in Charles Park to bow their heads at a special service arranged by veterans' organizations. Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergy recited prayers. As the people gathered on the sidewalk in front of Junior High School, Beatrice's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, Nebraska National Guard, formed, facing the half-masted flag. The unit's firing squad, to the south, flanked the team stood as color" guard, to t h e other Guardsmen and American Legion drill west. Virgil Services Simmons presided. Prayers were by Father Patrick O'Byrne of St. Joseph's Catholic Church; the Rev. George Warren Campbell of First Christian Church; and Rabbi Wolf gang Hamburger, of Lincoln's South Street Temple. Then the firing squad raised rifles and fired a salute to the late Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces; Bugler Kenny Knowles sounded retreat. The flag was raised to top mast then lowered and respectfully folded. And in the gathering darkness, the people silently departed. Four veterans organizations joined in sponsoring this moving ceremony. They were the local units of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans of World War I, and Disabled American Veterans. ABOUT 2,000 LEFT STANDING AT THE CAPITOL WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands upon thousands of persons braved long hours in freezing weather to file past the casket of John F. Kennedy in the Capitol rotunda. Other thousands waited without success. Charles J. Sullivan, chief of Captiol police, estimated 240,000 had moved past the bier of the slain President when the doors were closed to the public at 8:30 a.m. At least 2,000 others, still waiting in a line stretching blocks away, were left stranded after standing for six to seven hours. Police steered them to vantage points around the Capitol plaza from which they could see the funeral procession leave for the White House. The steady shuffle of feet had continued without a break from 3 p.m. Sunday through the afternoon and night as the crowds waited patiently for a chance to pay their last respects. Former Vice President and Mrs. Richard Nixon were among the last to be admitted, along with a small group of officials' families and others, after the waiting line was halted. Ailing lather grieves death Elects to remain at home during services for nation HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) —Former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy grieved over the death of his assassinated President son today at his summer home as the nation paid its final tribute. Although the ailing senior Kennedy was pronounced physically able to travel, he elected to remain here during the Washington funeral of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy, 75, went for a motor ride this morning, accompanied by his niece, Ann Gargan, and the Rev. John Cavanaugh, long-time friend and president emeritus of Notre Dame University. A nurse rode along in the family limousine, driven by chauffeur Frank Saunders. Dr. Russell S. Boles, Boston neurologist, said the former ambassador displayed "tremendous courage" upon learning Saturday of his son's assassination. The family waited 21 hours after John F. Kennedy died before telling his father. Kennedy suffered a stroke two years ago and has been confined to a wheelchair since. Last earthly journey made REVERED IN MARTYR'S DEATH WASHINGTON AP— Amid pangs of sorrow and with solemn rites, America and world statesmen bade Godspeed today to John F. Kennedy on his last earthly journey. Following the martyred President closely every inch of his travel to the grave in Arlington National Cemetery was his young widow, Jacqueline, bravely bearing up. Her face partly obscured in a long veil, she went part of the tragic way on foot - from the White House to St Matthew's Cathedral for the Requiem Mass. So also did-one of the greatest arrays of foreign statesmen ever assembled - they came from 53 nations and Included 26 heads of state o or government. At the Mass, Richard Cardinal Gushing of Boston, old friend of the Kennedy family, offered up the Holy Eucharist, and prayed: "Almighty God, may this LBJ's first letters to young Kennedys WASHINGTON (AP) - The first two letters Lyndon B. Johnson signed as President were to the two children whose father is buried today. The letters to Caroline Kennedy, 6 years old Wednesday, and John F. Kennedy Jr., 3 years old today, told them at the beginning they perhaps are too young to understand it all now. sacrifice cleanse from sin the soul of your servant, John, who has gone from this world, and so he may receive forgiveness and everlasting rest from you." Near the flag-enveloped coffin, Mrs. Kennedy knelt before the high altar and received from the cardinal's hand the wafer of communion. Grieving In the cathedral were the new President, Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. They too rode and walked in the procession that took the body from the Capitol, past the White House, to the cathedral, and then to Arlington, across the Potomac River in Virginia. Own Goodby The Kennedy children, Caroline and John, were at the great church to say their own goodby. When the services ended, Cardinal Cushing stooped and kissed Caroline. Mrs. Kennedy, her veil floating in the cool breeze, took Caroline and John by their hands. They walked down the cathedral steps behind the casket. As servicemen put the casket back on the caisson for the three-mile journey to Arlington, John put his hand up in salute. Little John, 3 today, seemed a little bewildered. Caroline, who will be 6 Wednesday, was composed but pale. The cWch bells tolled. The muffled drums beat. Mrs. Kennedy and the others rode to Arlington in limousines. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy, who has been by her side almost constantly since his brother's body was brought here late Friday, was with her. Highways Lined Hundreds of thousands, many weeping, lined the capital's broad highways. And countless millions saw and heard by television and radio. The Most Rev. Philip M. Hannan, auxiliary bishop of Washington, read some of Kennedy's best-loved passages from Scripture, and words from the slain President's inaugural address of 1961. This reading was by special request of the widow. At his last dinner, in Houston last Thursday night, the bishop recalled, Kennedy had quoted from the Bible: "Where there is no vision the people perish." The bishop, quoting from the inaugural address, recited how Kennedy had called on Americans to take up the torch for a "long twilight struggle" — a peaceful fight against "tyranny, |X>verty, disease and war itself." In a poignant touch, soloist Luigi Vena of Boston sang 'Ave Maria." Vena had sung this hymn at the Kennedy wedding. Listening taut-faced under the great dome of the cathedral were two former presidents, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The third living former chief executive, Herbert Hoover, 89, was not able to attend. Jack Ruby. Dallas nightclub owner, steps out with a gun In hand a moment before Lee Harvey Oswald, charged with the assassination of President Kennedy, was shot * # « * * * * in the stomach at the Dallas city Jail today. This dramatic picture was made by Jack Beers, a staff photographer of the Dallas News. (AP Photo). * * ** **•• Dignitaries Towering in the procession, and in the church, was French President Charles de Gaulle. Near him sat Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. Not far away was Queen Frederika of Greece. Behind them In the procession were the U.S. Supreme Court, the Cabinet, federal officials and White House staff men. Just before the Hag-covered casket was carried into the cathedral a band played 'Hail to the Chief." Then, softly on the autumn air came the strains of hymns. And, during the slow, final journey, the sound of bagpipes was heard —from the Black Watch Pipers who were among the dead President's musical favorites. At the Capitol, 240,000 persons filed past the bier before the funeral procession. The great copper dome of St. Matthew's Cathedral, blue-green from decades of weathering, glistened in a crisp, clear day as the cortege approached it for the requiem Mass. As the procession came by the White House on the way to the cathedral the Marine band played a dirge. Earlier, the strains of 'Onward Christian Soldiers" had filled the air. Along with the 34-year-old widow of the fallen chief executive, and sorrowing with her, went one of the greatest arrays of world statesmen ever assembled. From 53 countries they came—26 as heads of state or government. Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston, an old friend of the Kennedy family, came to celebrate the Mass at the church named (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) At special memorial service* for the late President John F. Kennedy, held Sunday evening in Beatrice's Charles Park. Left: a close-up of worshipers bowing their heads in prayer. Center: a member of the firing squad with rifle at "present arms." Right: General view of the cere- Memorial retreat many, with > worshipers in the foreground standing on the Junior High sidewalk; in the background, Beatrice's National Guard company at left, the firing squad at center, and the American Legion drill team, acting as color guard, at right. (Sun Photos) Self-appointed executioner cuts down accused killer OSWALD MEETS DEATH AT HANDS OF DALLAS MAN By ARTHUR EVERETT DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - Dist. Atty. Henry Wade confirmed today that a Dallas city map with X marks and a line drawn on it which corresponds to a path of the bullet that killed President John F. Kennedy was found in Lee Harvey Oswald's room. Wade said fingerprints of Oswald, the slain Marxist accused of the assassination, also were found on the foreign-made rifle which felled the President. Savage Reprisal Oswald was slain Sunday by Jack Ruby, 52, a night club owner and self-appointed executioner who undertook swift, savage reprisal for the Kennedy murder. Wade said the map has X's at various downtown intersections. At the intersection of Houston and Elm streets a line traces the trajectory similar to that of the gunfire which took the President's life. The map may have constituted what police termed "major evidence" against Oswald in Kennedy's assassination, but which they had refused to reveal. The News said officers theorized Oswald marked spots on the map from which a sniper could get a good shot at the Kennedy motorcade. Meanwhile, from Mexico City came another report—this time that Oswald visited the Soviet and Cuban consuls in September and tried to get a visa. The newspaper Excelsior attributed its report to a high official source which it did not name. Oswald died Sunday with a single bullet wound in the side, fired by Ruby as he stepped from a crowd of 200 in the basement of the Dallas City Hall. "It's someone shouted after the 24- too good for him!" year-old self-styled Communist dropped in his tracks, a single cry of anguish escaping his lips. Police quickly overwhelmed and disarmed Ruby. It was an Incredible climax to the wildest weekend in Dallas history—a savage, sudden moment of raw drama that was caught by national television networks and broadcast with shocking impact into American living rooms. "He took Kennedy's death much harder than that of our 88-year-old father five yean ago," said Ruby's older sister, Eva Grant "He couldn't eat Friday. He kept talking about Jackie and the Kennedy kids." Oswald had been formally accused of the sniper assassination of Kennedy last Friday as the President rode beaming beside his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, in a triumphal motorcade through downtown DaQai. Also wounded in the shoottag was Texas Gov. John Connally, who is recovering. Later, authorities said, Oswald shot to death a Dallas policeman, J. D. Tippit, who—wittingly or otherwise — interrupted his getaway flight. The first reaction of Dallas police to Oswald's murder was to mark the assassination case closed, and concentrate on trying to convict Ruby. But federal officials felt otherwise. President Johnson ordered a full government probe of Oswald's slaying, and the FBI proposed further investigation into the presidential assassination with the hope of eventually giving the American people the full story. Later, Dallas Dist. Atty. Henry Wade listed what he said was a complete summary of the evidence against Oswald. Wild Tumult A wild tumult broke out immediately after the shooting of Oswald in the basement of City Hall. But it was nothing compared to the public uproar over the slaying. Communist propaganda organs abroad promptly depicted Oswald's death as a coverup to mask sinister rightist forces which they blamed for the President's assassination. Moscow bitterly resented the linking of Oswald with communism. Americans themselves disagreed over the shooting of the cold-eyed Oswald. Some thought he got what he deserved. Others noted that no matter the enormity of the crime charged against him, he still was entitled by by law to his day in court. Amid the furore, Ruby was booked on a murder charge and Dist. Atty. Wade announced he would press for his conviction and execution hi me electric chair with the same vigor he had proposed to apply toward Oswald. Oswald was arrested Friday. shortly after Kennedy's assassination and after the slaying ot officer Tippit He insisted from the outset "I did not kill President Kennedy. I did not kill anyone." He stuck to this story during 48 hours of intensive questioning In temporary detention quer- fers in City HalL However. Wade said of bif case against Oswald: "I have sent men to the electric chair with less evidence, the gun was here, his prints were on me gun, the gun was the gun mat killed Kennedy, his palm prints were on the box on which me killer sat. and witnesses put him on the sixth floor at the time of the shooting." ; The assassin fired on Ken* nedy from die sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building, which overlooked rat) route of the President's motorcade. Oswald was a warehouse) employe of the firm. Being Transferred Finally, police decided they would get no information front Oswald. They announced that hi would be transferred by arv mored car from City Hall to • permanent maximum security cell in the Dallas County about a mile away. Some 200 newsmen. and offl* dais gathered in a basemeaf ramp leading from a City Hag elevator to a driveway outside. Other curious spectators stood in bright sunshine outside to await Oswald's emergence. Oswald, handcuffed, with detectives on either arm, cams out of the elevator and took a few steps in the direction of the armored car parked halfway up the inclined ramp. At that moment, the stocky, conservatively dressed Ruby lunged forward, stuck his pistol flush against Oswald's side and fired a single shot The roar of the gun was somewhat muffled by its close proximity to the victim's body. The bullet tore through Oswald's vital midsection organs. although it missed his heart He (Continued on Page 2, Col. 3)

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