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16 Presidential Succession And Missile Warfare THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER S, 1963 ISy .IAMES MARLOW A>M>rintw1 Tress News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP)-The as supination of President Kennedy raises some grisly questions which were not a problem when John Wilkes Booth planned to kill President Lincoln and some of the highest officials around him. There were no intercontinental ballistic missiles in Lincoln's day. At that time the nation could not be in immediate danger if someone were not found within a matter of minutes to c president n oc d-m oeabm become president and commander-in-chief. Now a few moments — the time between the start of an enemy nuclear attack and the order to make a nuclear counter-attack—could mean the difference between annihilation and some survival if not victory. Officials have said American B.F.Goodrich , ( «iiy A NEW 1963 TYPHOON NEVER BEFOREI SUCK QUALITY AT SUCH A LOW PRICfl • Tubular rims Pay As low As • Built-in $1.25 A • Two-forts saddle Week Money saving bargain hunters will welcome the new Schwinn Typhoon ... never , before so much bike for so little money. Genuine Schwinn quality too. RANMAR'S STANDARD TIRE 1014_Bdwy. - Dial 242-6560 nuclear missiles are so well scattered and protected and could reply so fast that an enemy beginning an attack would be equally devastated. Such statements, a discouragement to an enemy, are based on the assumption that at the moment of attack there would be someone in supreme authority to order, and very quickly, a counter-blow. As commander-in-chief, the president would give the order. If the president were killed, the vice president, by becoming president and commander - in- chief, would give the order, -o- -o- -o- Under a 1947 law, if there is no president or vice president, then next in line of succession to the presidency are the speaker of the house, the speaker pro tempore of the Senate, and then the Cabinet officers, starting with the secretary of state. So the line of succession, spelled out this way, looks clear and simple. If the enemy began an attack by dropping nuclear bombs on Washington, the president and all those next in line might be wiped out. Since time then would be so precious, the highest military officers would have to give the counter - attack order. This might be done quickly — at though there's a question it would 'be—once it was learned Washington was gone. But suppose an enemy decided, before beginning an attack, it would be shrewder first to create such confusion and chaos in America that a counter-attack might be fatally delayed after the barrage on this country began. Such a foe might think in terms of assassination, not of the president alone, but those in the immediate line of sue cession: The vice president and the two congressional leaders. It isn't hard to imagine the dismay and confusion after four such assassinations if they all occurred within a few minutes. The telephone lines would be a mess. And how could anyone be sure who was dead and who was alive •O- -0- -0- In short, then, who would be sure for some time that he was the next in line to take the oath of president and become commander-in-chief And suppose right then the enemy began the attack. Who could order the retaliatory nuclear blow if there were no president This writer asked the question around Washington and was told, although not officially, that undoubtedly the secretary of defense would take it on himself to issue the counter-attack order, since every second counted. Any secretary of defense in such a situation would probably do that even though he was exceeding his prescribed authori- Economy straight-stitch $ Young Budget portable, model. You can depend L Beautifully styled and i$ simple to operate-even for beginners. on it for years of smooth sewing 89950 SINGER* Zigzag portable. Gives her basic zigzag stitches for mending. Straight-stitching, too. 0 STYLE'O-MATIC* Zigzag portable. 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As the earth rot a I c s, its crust ebbs and heaves to the pull of the moon and sun Lady Bird's Tomorrow Takes Care Of Itself By MARTHA COLE WASHINGTON (AP) - Earlier this year, Mrs Lyndon B. Johnson was asked about her plans for the future, and she replied: "It's hard enough to get today's work done; I'll let tomorrow take care of itself. Whatever Lyndon does, I'll be happy doing it right along with him." The words paint a portrait of the small, brunette, 50-year-old woman who is the new First Lady of the United States. She is one who is always there beside her husband, managing a household, taking her teen-age daughters shopping. "Beguiling and efficient," is the way Adlai Stevenson described her. To those who don't know her, perhaps the first thing that will bo noticed is her Texas drawl. It's unmistakable but has a touch of softness akin to the South. Her mother came from Alabama. But many across the nation already know her, for Mrs. Johnson rode the campaign trail for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket in 1960. Sometimes she went alone, sometimes with groups of Kennedy ladies, going to teas and receptions, appearing on radio and television and holding press conferences. For a while she didn't make speeches, confining herself to "thank you-all," but she took some speech courses and gained confidence. Her name, Lady Bird, in- ltrigues many. Born in Kar- mnck, Tex., Dec. 2*2, 1912, she was named Claudia Alta Taylor. But a nursemaid said she looked just like a lady bird, and that name stuck. Her close friends call her Bird. Those are the first glances at Lady Bird Johnson. Back of these—a girl who took scholastic honors in high school and earned two degres from the University of Texas, a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of journalism in 193-1... a canny business woman. .. a woman who has spent most of her married life in the whirl of politics. On Nov. 17, 1934, she and Lyndon B. Johnson were married, and three years later she started knowing the life of the wife of a public official when he came to Congress. Earlier this year an Arab diplomat protested her honorary sponsorship of a ball honoring Israel's independence. M r s. Johnson answered that firmly: "... I have, for whatever small value it may be, tried to bo accessible and available to as many as possible, without distinction as to religion, race or region, and certainly including all states of the Near East. I shall continue to do so." The Johnson have made it a policy to try to weave their two daughters into their public lite. Lynda Bird, 19, n sophomore at the University of Texas, looks and acts like her father. She likes people. She's the outgoing type. Lucy Baines, 16, is more reserved. All members of the family like the easy, casual, open-door way of life at the Joluison'n ranch near Johnson City, Tex. Mrs. Johnson is not what you call a horsewoman. 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