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Former President Truman is escorted up the
White House stairs, to pay his final respects,
Ex-Presidents and Nation's Leaders
File Past Kennedy Bier in East Room
The Nation’s leaders paid
their respects at President
Kennedy’s bier In the East
Room of the White House yes
terday, while humbler citizens
kept their own vigil outside in
the rain.
The mourners, beginning at
11 a m.. Included former Presi
dents Eisenhower and Tinman
and Mr. Kennedy’s successor,
President Johnson, as well as
Cabinet members, Congressio
nal leaders, top officials of the
executive and judicial arms of
the Government, and foreign
The first private homage to
the slain President came min-;
utes after his body arrived at
the Executive Mansion, at 4:25
The flag-draped casket was
placed on a catafalque in the
center of the black-draped
ballroom and a priest intoned a
brief prayer for the Nation’s
first Catholic President.
Closest Friends There
About 15 of Mr. Kennedy’s
closest friends and relatives
made up this first group of
mourners, including, of course.
Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, still
spearing the blood-stained pink
suit in which she had cradled
her dying husband’s head in
Dallas the day before.
' Others present at the brief
jervice Included the dead Pres
ident's brother, Attorney Gen
eral Robert Kennedy, with his
wife, Ethel; Sargent Shriver,
Peace Corps director and
brother-in-law of the Presi
dent; Kenneth P. O’Donnell,
Presidential appointments sec
retary; Lawrence O'Brien, spe
cial assistant on Congressional
■lJaison; David Powers, admin
istrative assistant; Ralph Dun
gan, a special assistant; Arthur
Hchlesinger, jr„ a Presidential
adviser; Press Secretary Pierre
Salinger and his assistant, An
drew Hatcher.
’ As two priests began a
round-the-clock prayer vigil
next to the casket, Mrs. Ken
nedy left her husband’s side for
the first time since an assas
sin's bullet cut him down more
than 15 hours before.
She had been with him on
the race to the hospital in
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Senator Engle, Democrat of California, sits
in a wheel chair as he called at the White
House yesterday to pay his respects. Senator
Engle was recently released from the Be
thesda Naval Hospital, where he was treated
for a brain tumor.—AP Photo.
Dallas, in the emergency room
as surgeons fought in vain to i
save his life, in the Air Force .
plane that brought him back to
Washington, on the long am
bulance ride across the capital :
to the Bethesda Naval Hospital,
where his body was prepared
for burial, and finally on the
young President's last trip to
the White House.
History Repeats Itself
The scene in the velvet
shrouded East Room was simi
lar to that nearly 100 years ago
when another martyred Presi
dent, Abraham Lincoln, lay
there in death.
Two lighted candles flickered
on each side of the closed cask
et, which was completely cov- j
ered by an American flag. The
catafalque, draped in black vel
vet, stood under the center
chandelier in the big room. All
three chandeliers were hung
1 with black cloth.
A few feet back from the cat
afalque an honor guard of four
enlisted men—from Army, j
1 Navy, Air Force and Marine \
1 Corps—stood at rigid attention, ]
their bayonets gleaming in the
. muted light of the chandeliers.
1 At the head of the casket a
Navy lieutenant—the rank Mr.
I Kennedy had held in World
i War n —stood with sheathed
ceremonial sword.
Flowers on Casket
Against the casket lay a great
spray of lilies and carnations,
; on a background of green
: leaves. On the mantelpiece be
hind the bier was a large bou
quet of rhododendron leaves.
The heavy drapes were drawn
shut, and the chandeliers were
dimmed. The gloom of tragedy
pervaded the huge room, which
had been the scene of many
parties, dances and concerts'
• given by the Kennedys.
At 10:30 a.m., Mrs. Kennedy]
and her two children, Caro
line and John jr„ attended a
private Mass in the East Room
with about 75 relatives and
close friends. An old family
friend, the Rev. John J. Cav
anaugh, former president of
Notre Dame University, offi-1
! dated at the Mass.
The children, it was dis
closed, had spent Friday night
i at the Georgetown home of
by Sargent Shriver, President Kennedy’s
brother-in-law and Peace Corps director.
their maternal grandmother;
and her husband, the Hugh D.
Auchinclosses. Caroline, who
will be 6 next Wednesday, and
John, jr., whose third birthday
is tomorrow, were told Friday)
night that their father had
been killed. But it was not re- 1
ported who broke the news to)
Johnsons See Mrs. Kennedy
At 11 a.m.. President and
Mrs. Johnson paid their re
spects at the bier, and then
spent 20 minutes upstairs talk
ing with Mrs. Kennedy.
Former President Eisenhower
was the next official visitor. He
entered the White House after*
waiting his turn for 15 minutes
|in a black limousine on the
J curved driveway to the North'
Portico. Rows of servicemen
stood at stiff attention in the
rain, lining the driveway.
As Mr. Eisenhower stepped
out of his limousine, a 10-man
honor guard snapped from par
ade rest to attention. Inside the
, White House, Mr. Shriver and
Angler Biddle Duke, State De
partment protocol chief, greet
ed the former Chief Executive.
The same procedure was fol
jlowed as each of the dist
inguished visitors arrived to
! pay their respects. They left by
a side door.
In Mr. Eisenhower’s case,
President Johnson and his
wife, shielded from the rain by
umbrellas, dashed across West
Executive avenue from the Ex
ecutive Office Building to greet
the former President.
After Mr. Eisenhower viewed
the casket in the East Room,
he and Mr. Johnson took a
limousine to the Executive Of
fice Building, where the two
! men chatted for about 15 min
Mrs. Warren Weeps
Immediately after Mr. Eisen
hower, Chief Justice and Mrs.
Warren entered the White
House. They stayed only a few
minutes, and Mrs. Warren was
weeping when they emerged
and stood waiting for their car
to be brought up.
Among other early arrivals
were Roswell Gilpatric, Deputy
Secretary of Defense, and Carl
Rowan, Ambassador to Fin
land. Mr. Rowan is home for
consultations, and had reported
to Mr. Kennedy earlier last
j week.
Other dignitaries included
House Speaker McCormack of
Massachusetts, Gen. Maxwell
Taylor, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, and Senate
Minority Leader Dirksen of Il
Former President Truman
arrived at 2:45 p.m. Hatless
and carrying a cane, Mr. Tru
man moved slowly up the
White House steps. After
paying his respects in the East
Room, Mr. Truman spent 15
minutes upstairs talking with
Mrs. Kennedy. He later went to
the Executive Office Building
to confer with the new Presi
dent, whom he had favored
over Mr. Kennedy in the 1960
nomination race.
Mr. Truman flew to Wash
ington from Kansas City.
Political Opponents There
Other notables who came to
pay homage included four polit
ical opponents Republican
Govs. Rockefeller of New York,
Scranton of Pennsylvania and
Romney of Michigan, and
Democratic Gov. Wallace of
Alabama, one of the Kennedy
Administration's bitterest
The diplomatic corps was ad
mitted starting at 5 p.m., and
at 6:30 p.m. it was the turn of
White House staff members
and immediate office person
nel. At 7 p.m. the White House
] press corps viewed the flag
draped coffin.
At noontime, President
Johnson slipped away quietly
from his office to attend, with
Mrs. Johnson, a special service
at St. John’s Episcopal Church,
across Lafayette Square from
the White House. The service
jat the “church of the Presi
dents” was arranged at Presi
dent Johnson’s request, accord
ing to the rector. Rev. John
! Harper.
There were about 100 per
sons present in the small
j church when the brief service
began at 12:15 p.m. It ended a
little over ten minutes later,
and the congregation stood as
the minister escorted the Presi
dent and his wife down the
Salinger Briefs Preea
At about the same time, Mr.
Salinger was holding a press
briefing in the west wing of the
white House. The press secre
-11 tary’s briefings are usually held
in his office, but the crush of
newsmen was so great yester
day that the session was moved
to the conference room—
known as the “Fish Room”
1 since the days when President
1 < Franklin D. Roosevelt kept his
aquarium in it.
Mr. Salinger, not a tall man,
1 had to stand on an office chair
' to be seen and heard by the
' reporters. Behind him, Mrs.
Kennedy’s press secretary, Pa
' mela Turnure, looking pale and
‘ drawn, leaned against the wall.
1 Mr . Salinger disclosed details
r j of today’s and tomorrow’s cere
monies, and answered report
•jers’ questions—except one. A
’ reporter asked how Caroline
[ and John Jr. took the news of
; their father’s death. Mr. Sal
) inger ignored the question.
' Through all the comings and
goings of the dismal, leaden
1 day, a crowd of several hundred
■ watched in silence from the
i sidewalk along Pennsylvania
avenue opposite the White
» House.
Mourners Brave Rain
Some of the mourners had
. been there since early morn-.
ing hours, waiting for a glimpse |
, of the President's casket when
' it arrived by ambulance from
; the Naval Hospital in Bethesda.
J Even a heavy rain in mid-
J morning failed to drive the
■ crowd away. They huddled un
der folded newspapers and ]
; sought refuge under the trees
f in Lafayette Park.
1 The watchers kept track of
■ latest developments by tran
: sistor radios. Clusters of people
1 surrounded each person with
t one of the little portables.
At one point, a lone picket
] moved along the sidewalk in
f front of the Executive Mansion
i with a homemade sign that !
read. "I warned J.F.K. and God
' "How could you? How could
’jyou? Have you no shame?” a
tearful woman screamed at
1 the picket. Police hustled him
5 off to the far side of Lafayette ]
"Square, where rain soon
5 washed away most of his mes
r sage. The picket identified
“ himself as the Rev. Sidney
3 lLansing of Norfolk, Va.
3 White House Desolate
? He said he had prophesied
- the President’s death many
i months ago and had warned
) Mr. Kennedy that “if he tested
bombs in the atmosphere, God
. would see and remember and
As the gloomy afternoon j
wore on, the White House took i
d on a strangely desolate appear -
- ance, with shades drawn and
i flag at half-mast. Uniformed
, guards and television camera
i men slogged through the
i soaked leaves on the White
f ] House lawn.
f\ The gaiety that the Ken
t nedys had brought to the
White House was gone. The
. visiting delegations, the bus
j loads of tourists eager to see
f how Mrs. Kennedy had redeco
rated the mansion—there was
none of this yesterday. No!
j helicopter stood on the South
? Lawn, poised to carry the
" young President off on one of!
his many trips.
1 On the lawn outside the
President’s office, Caroline’s
1 swings and seesaws and John
■ John’s sandbox were deserted
. in the downpour, poignant re
i minders of a family’s—and a
i Nation’s—heartbreak.
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New York Gov. and Mrs. Rockefeller arrive on
the North Portico of the White House, followed
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Informal Summit Sessions Seen
Among World Leaders at Funeral
Bt»r Btaff Writer
A ceremonial summit gather
ing was taking shape here as
'prominent world statesmen in
formed the White House of
their intentions to attend the
funeral of President Kennedy
, tomorrow.
State Department advisers
]were not predicting momentous
j decisions, but acknowledged
that important talks between
] Presidents, Prime Ministers,
i Kings and lesser dignitaries
would be inevitable.
French President Charles de
Gaulle’s decision to come to
Washington caught many here
;by surprise. His official state
'visit, still scheduled for early
next year although pessimism
about possible accomplishments
had mounted, presumably will
now be postponed.
Also Arriving
The remaining two leaders of
the Western Big Four, British
Prime Minister Sir Alex
Douglas-Home and West Ger
man Chancellor Ludwig Erhard,
have also informed the White
House they will attend the rites.
President Johnson is sched
uling meetings with them
Tuesday. They presumably will
seek to establish friendly work
ing relations with the new
American President. Although
this will clearly be secondary
to their visits, which are aimed
at paying final respects to Mr.
The Soviet Union is sending
Anastas Mikoyan, first deputy
chairman of the Soviet Council
of Ministers and the grand old
man of Soviet trade promotion.
He can also be expected to get
special attention from Presi
dent Johnson.
Before announcements of the
visits by high-ranking foreign
! officials, the State Department
had advised its embassies
abroad that high officials of
foreign governments should not
be encouraged to come.
Staggering Problems
The physical problems of
protecting so many foreign dig
nitaries and giving them prop
er ceremonial treatment will be
staggering, officials point out.
Beside that, President Johnson
1 can hardly be expected to con
- duct substantive conversations
! in detail on world problems so
i early after his elevation to
J office.
1 On the other hand, the lead
| ing statesmen of the world
1 undoubtedly will have impor
-1 tant opportunities to present
■ their views to the new Ameri
’ can leader in the hope that
United States foreign policy
‘ can be favorably influenced.
] The State Depeartment went
; out of its way yesterday to
; emphasize that President John
son intends to carry on with
1 the foreign policies developed
1 during President Kennedy’s
1 administration.
Embassies abroad were in
formed that the customary re
, quest for resignations of chiefs
of missions were not being “re
| quested or desired.” The diplo
; mats were instructed to remain
'; at their posts and to continue
; discharging their duties as in
1 the past.
Representatives Listed
l The list of visitors, likely to
grow longer, includes these re
presentatives from these coun
tries and organizations:
Franc e—President Charles
de Gaulle and Foreign Minister
Couve de Muville.
United Kin g d o m—Prince
Phillip, Prime Minister Sir Alec
Douglas-Home, Sir Harold Wil
son, Labor Party head; Sir
Harold Caccia, the Permanent
Undersecretary of the Foreign
Office and former Ambassador
to Washington.
West Hermany—Chancellor
Ludwig Erhard, West Berlin
Mayor Willy Brandt, President
Heinrich Lubke. Foreign Min
ister Gerhard Schroeder, De
fense Minister Kai-uwe von
Belgium—King Baudouin.
Greece—Queen Frederika.
Soviet Union—A na s tas
Mikoyan, First Deputy Chair
Washington, 0. C , Nortmbtr 24, 1943
by Senator and Mrs. Javits.—Star Staff Photos
by Francis Routt.
Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin and
his wife arrive at the White House late yes
terday.—AP Photo.
! man of the Council of Minis-!
ters; Mikail N. Smimovsky,
] Chairman of the American
Countries Division of the For
eign Office.
’ Ireland—President Eamon de
1 Valera, Foreign Minister Frank
1 Aiken.
Philippines President Dio
■ sado P. Macapagal.
1 South Korea Prime Minis
■ ter Kim Nyong Chou.
' Cambodia —Prime Minister
! Norodom Kanto.
r South Viet Nam—Gen. Tran
Van Don, defense minister, and
. Prime Minister Nguyen Ngoc
> To.
Mexico—F ore ig n Minister
i Manuel Tello.
\ Canada—Prime Minister
1 Lester B. Pearson.
J Poland—Prof. Stanislaw Ku
i lcyznski. Vice President of the
Estate Council, and Vice Prime
! Minister Piotr Jaroszewicz.
Yugoslavia—Prime Minister
i Petar Stambolic and Secretary
: of State Koca Popovic.
Jamaica—Prime Minister Sir
Alex Bustamante.
United Nations Secretary
General U. Thant.
1 Denmark —P rime Minister
Jens Otto Krag.
Portugal—Luis Supico Pinto,
President of the Corporative
; Chamber of the State Council.
1 *
United Arab Republic—For
eign Mnister Mahmoud Fawzi.
The Netherlands—c ro w n
Princess Beatrix and Foreign
. Minister Joseph Luns.
Turkey—Prime Minister Is
met Inonu and Foreign Minist
! er Feridun Cemal Erkin.
Norway—Crown Prince Har
aid and Premier Einar Ger
Ja p a n—C rown Prince
[ Akhito, Prime Minister Hayato
Ikeda and Foreign Minister
Masayoshi Ohira.
1 Ecuador—Foreign Minister
Neftalfi Ponce-Miranda.
Israel State President Zal
man Shazar.
5 ] A1 ge r i a—Minister of State
-! Amar Ouzzegane.
Tunisia—F ore ig n Minister
Mongi Slim.
Spain—Vice President Munoz
Nicaragua—Foreign Minister
Alfonso Ortega.
Luxembourg—P rln c e Jean
and Foreign Minister Eugene
Morocco—Foreign Minister
Ahmed Guedira.
Liberia—Secretary of State
Rudolph Grimes.
Erlander Guarded
After Death Threat
j STOCKHOLM. Nov. 23 (AP).
—Swedish security police set up
a guard for Premier Tage Er
lander today after a threat to
shoot him down like President
Kennedy. It was the first Lime
a Swedish premier has had
special protection.
Police officials reported an
unidentified man had called
and threatened that “Kennedy
is not the only statesman who
will die these days.” The man
said the killing of the Swedish
premier also would be by rifle
while Mr. Erlander is en route
to his office.
1 ■
German Prince Weds
Belgian Commoner
SALZBURG, Austria, Nov. 23
i ] (AP>. Prince Ciiristian of
( i Hannover defied eight cen-
I turies of family tradition today
. by marrying a Belgian com
moner 27 years his junior.
The German prince, 44, and
the beautiful, fair-haired Mi
reille Dutry, 17, daughter of a
Belgian industrialist, took vows
in ceremonies attended by a
1 dozen members of Europe’s
> ruling houses.
Prince Christian, a brother
of Queen Frederika of Greece
and head of his family’s metal
works in Weis, Austria, was
the first Hannoverian prince
to take a commoner as wife
! in the 800-year history of the

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