The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on November 25, 1963 · Page 5
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 5

Bloomington, Illinois
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Monday, November 25, 1963
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Sunday Rites in Washington . . .. 9. X i f ' -..1 :-- -4 "-'w. ran(aRrn)h, nionminRton, III., Monday. Nov. 2.5, IMS. 5 t h I VI I r ill" 1'4 r t - -; -th ; v rn v Mrs. Kennedy and children, Caroline and John Jr., shown before joining procession. ft ' i . n The casket of the slain president, John F. Kennedy, reaches the Capitol Sunday on a horse-drawn caisson. The symbolic riderless horse is alongside. Service men lift flag-covei'ed casket of Kennedy off a caisson in front of the Capitol. Overhead, a flag on the Capitol waves in the breeze. I Ioi-se-dra wn caisson bearing the body of Kennedy is borne to the Capitol to lie in state until funeral today. ' 1 Vft ' This is an air view of the Capitol as thousands of people line up in the rotunda. Police s;iid linns extended more than 20 blocks in freezing weather to file past casket of John Fitzgerald Kennedy when doors were closed to public Monday morning. AP Wlrcpholo MomG EUL0G,ES I n i n ' r v '5 .. i -i 'He Gave of Himself,' Mansfield Says of JFK 1' . ''at' o It H C) ( ) ) si ft "V " . ' t i f H, ji 1 , . V " ' 1 i - l 'V., ? , ' , '1 Tlie sun's rays Sunday bless the casket containing the body of President Kennedy in rotunda of the Capitol in Washington. WASHINGTON (L'PI) - The spontaneous outpouring of tributes from throughout the nation for President John F. Kennedy were matched at the Capitol Sunday where, after the casket bearing the late president had been borne into the rotunda by six servicemen, three officials closely associated with him delivered brief but moving eulogies. "What moved some misguided wretch to do this horrible deed may never be known to us." said Chief Justice Karl Warren. Warren said President Kennedy deplored the "false accusations that divide us." And now, he added, "the whole world is poorer because of his loss." Is it too much to hope, Warren asked that the martyrdom of John F. Kennedy would soften the hearts of those who "step back" from assassination themselves but "kindle it in the hearts of others." Mansfield Deliver! Eulogy Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, M o n t., who served with the slain President in the Senate, said "a piece of each of us died" the moment his old colleague was felled by the sniper's bullets. "Vet, in death," Mansfield said, "he gave of himself. . . he gave that we might give of ourselves, that we might give to one another until there would be no room, no room at all, for the bigotry, the hatred, prejudice and the arrogance which converged in that moment of horror to strike him down." Said Speaker John W. McCor-mack, a veteran congressman when Kennedy first came to the House in 1917: "As the bitter pangs of our incredulous grief begin to pass, we must thank God that we were privileged, however briefly, to have had this great man for our President." Lay On Catafalqut During the eulogies, the President's coffin lay on the same catafalque that held Abraham Lincoln after his assassination just a century ago. Mrs. Kennedy appeared to have maintained her composure throughout the tributes and ceremony. Staring straight ahead most of the time, she watched erectly and intently. The only time she was diverted was when she turned to the children to reassure them or offer soft words of explanation. At the White House when the casket was being placed on the caisson, she turned to Caroline and apparently explained th significance of the riderless black horse. Caroline maintained her childish dignity throughout. But little John, who is three Monday, showed boyish admiration for the sleek horse, its glistening saddle atop a black blanket bordered in white. Pay Homag When the family and the dignitaries departed, the people who had elected John Kennedy as their president took their turn in paying homage. First in line was M 0 r r 1 1 L'mansky, a 16 year-old Newark, N.J., boy who had waited 13'-2 hours to pay his respects. He filed into the hushed, vaulted chamber, passed the casket, then burst into sobs as he left. Most of the mourners who filed past the casket were impassive but others broke. One Negro girl on crutches was crying as she walked through the rotunda. An antechamber just outside the crepe - hung rotunda was filled with floral wreaths and displays sent by heads of state and governments and others. As the day wore on, th crowd wound around the outside of the Capitol, patiently waiting their turn to say adieu to John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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