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Next After Johnson In Line Are Two Older Men By LYLE C. WILSON United Press International Two very old men riding high | on the congressional seniority system stand ready now to take over the White House if Presi dent Lyndon B. Johnson should not survive his present term in office. The old men are Speaker John W. McCormack. D-Mass., 72. and Sen. Carl Hayden, D Ariz., 86. By the 1945 Congres sional Act of Succession, they would succeed in that order to the presidency if both a presi dent and a vice presiuent were dead or unable to function. The congressional seniority system has done well by both of these men. McCormack has been in Congress 36 years, Hay Kennedy... (Continued from page 1) in India and decorated with col ored insets in the same manner as the famed Taj Mahal. Kennedy’s casket rested in front of this altar and just un derneath the soaring dome of the cathedral. In keeping with Catholic litur gical tradition, there were no flowers on the altar or around the casket. The usual white candles on the altar were re-: placed with candles of un-; bleached yellow wax, the sign of a funeral Mass. Cardinal Cushing wore black vestments instead of the brilliant scarlet robes of his office as a prince of the church. Ave Maria Sung One of Kennedy’s favorite hymns, the Ave Maria, was sung before the Mass by Luigi Vena, a Boston tenor who also sang at the late President’s wedding. The cathedral choir then sang the ancient funeral hymn “Li bera Me” (which begins with the words, “Deliver me, oh Lord, from everlasting death . . .”) in a new setting by the Italian composer Perosi. The service conducted by Car dinal Cushing was what is known technically as a “low” Mass, which means that it was the simplest type of Mass, spok en rather than sung, with a single priest officiating rather than the three who would have been required had the family chosen a Solemn High Mass. There was no eulogy. Insofar as the service itself went, the deceased son of the church be fore the altar might have been an unknown laborer rather than the President of the United States. The emphasis of the service was strongly focused on the Christian conviction that death is not the end, but the begin ning of a larger, eternal life. Digest... (Continued from page 1) the week led by Premier-Desig nate Aldo Moro. MOSCOW—The official news paper of the Soviet Communist party has called for a reap prochement between Red China and the Soviet Union. The newspaper “Pravda” said the Kremlin would “do everything to overcome differences” with Red China, with whom the So viet Union has been carrying on an ideological war. SAIGON, South Viet Nam—A Communist raiding party over ran a U.S. - backed training camp for South Viet Nam troops, killing at least 37. The Viet Cong raiders captured four American soldiers and critically injured a U.S. Army < lieutenant. i BRUSSELS—The staff of the ' Soviet Embassy in Leopold- < ville, ousted by Congo Premier Cyrille Adoula, has left here i for Moscow on a special jet- 1 liner. The Russians, includ- < ing Ambassador Sergei Nemt- i china and his entire staff, were 1 expelled by Adoula for alleged- i ly conspiring with opposition groups to overthrow the gov- ( ernment. , - --— den 51. They acquired commit tee status and chairmanships and finally McCormack became head of the legislative branch as speaker and Hayden was elected president pro tempore of the Senate. The seniority sys tem will accomplish about as much for any congressman who lives long enough. The system is assailed for putting and keep ing in office as committee chairmen, representatives and senators who have outlived their prime, who have become impervious to new ideas, who lack initiative and reject the popular will. System Unsuitable If the seniority system is an improper method of selecting congressional committee chair men. how much more unsuita ble may it be as a method for selecting a president of the United States? The present suc cession was established after Harry S Truman succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt as presi dent. At that time the succes sion would have gone to the secretary of state if the vice president naa Deen unavanaDie. State secretary then was Ed ward R. Stettinius Jr., a for mer board chairman of U. S. Steel Corporation who in 1940 had joined FDR’s win the war administration in a minor ca pacity. The thought of an out sider succeeding to the presi dency and all of its political powers was almost paralyzing to the practical politicians of the Democratic party. The 1945 succession act took care of that for future genera tions but did not much improve the overall situation. It is no reflection on a pair of elder statesmen to suggest that their ages tend to disqualify them for the presidency. Neither is it unfair to suggest that the seniority system is a misfit at picking the best men available in Congress to serve as presi dent. Let President Choose If those objections are valid, the Congress should do some thing about correcting a bad situation. One way would be by constitutional amendment fol lowed by legislation. This would enable a vice president who succeeded a president in office to name a successor vice presi dent. The successor vice presi dent would be nominated to the Senate for ratification. Such a choice would be made, of course, with the single end in view of getting the best qual ified stand-by man available to become president if a vacancy occurred. Presidential nominees usually pick their vice presi dential running mates. The na tional conventions dutifully nominate them. President John son, you will remember, was peculiarly John F. Kennedy’s cnoice. So why not permit a sitting president to name his veep as sociate? Under the old system, a president picked his second in line of succession when he nominated a secretary of state. The catch there is that the sec retary was picked to run the State Department with no thought of his fitness, in emer gency, to be president of the United States. Ingalls Working Today In Tribute To President Officials of Ingalls Shipbuild ing Corporation today issued a statement explaining the com pany’s reasons for continuing vork and production on the day rf late President John F. Ken ledy’s funeral. Ail Litton industries, along vith other defense companies, continued operations today. “It is our belief that the great est tribute to the causes for vhich he fought, worked and lied, can only be the uninter rupted progress of America’s dtal defense effort of which we tre all a part.” The statement was signed by Charles B. Thornton, Roy L. Vsh and Fred J. Mayo. ^ SOUTHWEST DRUGS Prescriptions Deep South Shopping Mart WE SPECIALIZE IN . . . FAST, FREE PICKUP & DELIVERY SERVICE Mrs. Graves Of Lucedale Dies LUCEDALE (Special) — Fun eral services were he’' Saturday from the Free Pentacostal Holi ness Church at Cross Roads Community near Lucedale for Laura Elizabeth Graves who died Thursday in the George County Hospital. The Rev. Gavin Hathom of Starkville officiated. He was as sisted by the Revs. Elton Had dock and J. L. Lombard. Inter ment was in Shady Grove Ceme tery. Mrs. Graves is survived by a son, Merrian Graves of Luce dale, two daughters, Kate Back lin and Bessey Backlin, both of Lucedale, a sister, Cora Beavers of Vancleave, a brother, T. T. Emmette of Lucedale, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were R. D. Byrd, J. B. Davis, Robert S. Moody, L. F. Rogers, Billy Reeves and Herman Mills. Beckwith... (Continued from page 1) National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People, was shot to death from ambush. Beckwith, nattily dressed in a dark suit and striped tie, sat calmly during the brief proceed ings. He showed no outward signs of emotion. Judge Hendrick twice post poned setting the date because Beckwith was not present in court following a Supreme Court ruling that the 42-year-old seg regationist could not be given a mental examination over his objections. The high court ordered that Beckwith be brought from the Rankin County jail to Jackson. A mandate that Beckwith be transferred was mailed by the court Saturday after a 15-day period granted for filing any suggestion of error in the case. Judge Hendrick said the court would convene at its regular time but recess for two hours for President Kennedy's fu neral. Johnson... (Continued from page 1) tion. Sen. Richard B. Russell. D-Ga., strategy chief for civil rights opponents in the Senate, has indicated he expects John son to press the civil rights is sue in the Senate. Russell said he would do all he could to support Johnson’s i efforts as President. But this support certainly would not ex tend to backing the Kennedy civil rights program with its strong section banning discrimi nation in public accommoda tions. Russell said he was not sure just what Johnson’s views were on the civil rights issue. He added, however, that he was “regretfully” pretty sure that he and Johnson were not “in accord” on the subject. The theory that the new Pres ident might shift emphasis of the civil rights program is based on the fact that Johnson, as Senate Democratic leader, committed himself strongly in opposition to certain features of the present measure. One such feature is the so called Title III, stripped from the 1957 bill, which would allow the attorney general to sue in support of individuals whose civil rights were abridged. DRY CLEANING SALE! 2 DAYS ONLY Tues., Wed. Nov. 26, 27 PLAIN TROUSERS, SWEATERS, FOR AND SKIRTS ONLY CLEANED AND PRESSED ★ NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR ONE HOUR SERVICE ★ TRY OUR EXCELIENT SHIRT SERVICE One HOUR j mmsi the mostjn^___ ^ i DEEP SOUTH SHOPPING MART f Market St. & Hwy. 90 j , SO 2-9372£ jl ■: I« *©TDCA5T S*KW?f $ $stjw i *♦* P*Ei2tNI*tt« flMUlf i TODAY’S WEATHER—On Monday light rain and showers are j forecast for the Ohio and mid-Mississippi Valley. Occasional snow is expected from the Lakes region westward through the upper Mississippi Valley into portions of the central Plains. Clear to partly cloudy skies are indicated for the remainder of the country. Colder weather is due over the western half of the nation with the exception of the southern coastal region where it will be warmer. Most of the eastern half of the country can expect warmer temperatures with the exception of the middle Atlantic states where cool weather will prevail. (Mobile Press Register UPI Telephoto) Dignitaries Of World Come To Honor Kennedy WASHINGTON (UPI) - The leaders of a divided world gath ered today, united in sorrow, for the funeral of John F. Ken nedy. It was the most extraordinary assembly of international fig ures that America has ever seen. More than 50 nations — East and West, captive and free, hungry, prosperous, at arms and at peace—sent some one to express the grief of their people. So great was Washington’s preoccupation with the tragedy of the hour that many of the mighty names arrived virtually unheralded. Most spent the night quietly in their embassies. There were at least 22 presi dents or prime ministers, three reigning monarchs and princes or princesses of nine countries. From behind the Iron Curtain came representatives of Poland. Romania and Yugoslavia. Red China and Cuba, with whom the United States does not maintain diplomatic relations, were not represented. Neither were other Communist nations in Peking’s sphere of influence. Protocol Pushed Aside Protocol, that strict code of diplomatic niceties, was neces sarily all but ignored in the I crush. But no one seemed to mind. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and his top department aides tried at least to welcome as many of the dignitaries as they could at the four airports in the area. The State Department, respon sible for the safety of foreign visitors, assigned 250 depart ment and Army security agents to guard the delegations. It was the most extensive job of physicial protection of foreign visitors the department has faced since Soviet Premier Ni kita Khrushchev visited the United States in 1960. The most likely objects of concern for security were France’s towering President Charles de Gaulle, who arrived Sunday night, and Soviet First Deputy Premier Anastas I. Mi koyan. who arrived early today, on a special flight from Mos-! cow as Khrushchev’s personal emissary. All held invitations to the low Pontifical Requiem Mass to be celebrated at St. Mathew’s Cathedral at noon by Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston, i They were to join the solemn procession behind the slain President’s coffin from the ■-1 cathedral to Arlington National Cemetery. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy planned to receive the foreign heads of state and leaders of national delegations at the White House after the burial. President Johnson arranged to receive all delegation lead ers at a reception at the State Department beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST. Woman Unhurt In OS Accident OCEAN SPRINGS (Special)— A Pascagoula woman, Virginia Ann Daniels of 3008 Tompkins Street, suffered no injuries Sat urday morning in Ocean Springs when her car skidded out of control, crashing into a utility pole. According to OS policemen Shirod Miller and Joseph Fer anda, the mishap occured at 2:20 a.m. just east of the over pass on Highway 90. Approximately $300 in dam ages was done to the automobile and $100 to the light pole. Yes .... If You Had Joined The Christmas Savings Club At Merchants and Marine Bank Last Year You Would Find Christmas Shop ping Not Only Easier But Even More Fun This Year. The Reason? Simply Because You Have The Money You Need At The Time You Need It. Now Is The Time To Plan For Christmas 1964 By Joining Our Christmas Savings Club Now. The 1964 Club Opens Today, November 25, So Won't You Come In And Plan Now For Christmas 1964. FOR YOUR BANKING CONVENIENCE BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WE WILL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING HOURS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 9 A.M.2 P.M. AND 3:30 P.M.-6:30 P.M. I Merchants & Marine Bank Pascagoula Moss Point Mississippi Divided !n Tribute To The President JACKSON (UPI) - Mississip pians paid final tributes to President Kennedy in numerous ways today. Gov. Ross Barnett proclaimed a mourning period until after the funeral services: businesses and schools made plans to close —all day or for several hours— in memory of the late Presi dent; meetings and athletic events were canceled. But President Kennedy, who was a highly unpopular presi dent in this Deep South state, continued to receive criticism from a small minority of anony mous Mississippians, even after his assassination. The Tupelo Daily Journal said that persons, “gloating over the killer’s success,” tele phoned shortly after the Presi dent’s death. The Greenville Delta Demo ocrat-Times said editorially, “Perhaps the most monstrous aspect may not be the killing itself, but the reaction of a black - hearted, murder-minded minority of Americans who have found satisfaction, if not delight, in the assassination of a fellow American and a fellow human.” Publisher Hodding Carter told an audience several weeks ago that his would probably be the only newspaper in Mississippi to support Kennedy for re-elec tion in 1964. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger urged editorially that Mississip pians pray for President Kenne dy’s survivors and successors in office. It said most probably “did not pray sufficiently for divine guidance during his days of service.” Roman Catholic Bishop Rich ard 0. Gerow, in a public state •ment, wondered if the guilt in Kennedy’s death is not shared by “all in whose hearts have burned the spirit of hatred.” Pascagoulan, Cong. William M. Colmer, issued this state ment: “Like all other good Ameri cans, I was deeply shocked and grieved to learn that President Kennedy had been assassinated. The cowardly and dastardly murder is most reprehensible to all men, regardless of political U-2 PILOT—Capt. Joe G. Hyde Jr., the pilot of the U-2 plane that failed to return from a reconnaissance mis sion over Cuba. philosophy. “The bullet that ended the life of John F. Kennedy, I fear, has also struck a severe blow to conservative government. Mrs. Colmer joins me in extending our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Kennedy and other members of the president’s family.” Another Pascagoulan, Rob ert Oswald, announced he had resigned as head of the Young Democrats of Mississippi, say ing, “the tragic event in Dallas, Texas., in the light of the ‘hate the Kennedys’ attitude of the leadership of the Mississippi Democratic party and its pre sent administration should re quire no further explanation for my action.” Some schools planned to re main closed today while others intended to close for various periods. Memorial services were held and others planned at schools and churches through out the state. Barnett, who canceled a i speech scheduled for tonight at Colorado State University, called the late President “a man of great ability, a man of courage and one who had the courage of his convictions.” Graveside Riles For Eiland Eaby Funeral services will be held Tuesday at graveside for ,lie infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob ert C. Eiland of Pascagoula. The child was dead at birth on Sunday at Keesler Field Hos pital. Survivors include his parents, [three brothers, Robert A. Ei [ land, William P. Eiland and Dale P. Eiland; maternal grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gunter, Pascagoula; and pater nal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Eiland, Pascagoula. The body of the infant will be i taken from Jackson County Mortuary at 2 p.m. Tuesday lo j Machpelah Cemetery where the Rev. Bill Barton, pastor of Jack son Avenue Baptist Church, will officiate. Soviet Claims Kennedy Death A Fascist Plot MOSCOW (UPIl—The Soviet Union charged today that Presi dent Kennedy was killed in a plot by “Fascist - minded forces.” It said Sunday night the murder of his accused as sassin was a cover-up. The Soviets gave permission to an American priest. Father Joseph Richard of New Bed ford, Mass., to use a Roman Catholic Church for a Requiem Mass for the President. It was only the second time he had been able to use the St. Louis de France Church in his 27 months here. The other Mass was for Pope John XXIII. Fa ther Richard usually recites Mass in his apartment. Shooting News Jammed Phones The news of President's Ken nedy’s assassination apparently sent everyone in Pascagoula to the telephone, John Fox, Pas cagoula-Moss Point group man ager said today. A number of people found shortly after the new’s flashed on radio and television that they could not get a dial tone. “With so many people using the cir cuits, already, the machinery simply could not handle any other calls,” Fox said.