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■ n m mzmm wmm ■ ■ r ^x Thursday 6:30 a.m. ■ ■ ■ ■■ ^^F ■ ■ ■ m ■ BB ■ 68, low Wednesday 45. No rainfall Mon River stage at Merrill. 2.7, no change. | _____day. See map pg. 2._ VOLUME 119-NUMBER 1 Audit Bureau of Circulation* PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, TUESDAY AFTERNOON, NOVEMBER 26, 1963__16 PAGES-2 SECTI0NS-5c FLAG HALF STAFF—Jackson County Courthouse flag is among many in the county to be flown at half staff 5n respect to the late President. (Chronicle Staff Photo) Shotgun Blasts Hurt 2 In George LUCEDALE (Special)—Two George County resi dents were seriously wounded by accidental shotgun blasts Monday. Coy Havard, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Havard of near Lucedale was reported today in critical condition in George County Hospital after he was hit in the left side by a double blast from a .12 gauge shotgun while hunting in the Pascagoula River swamp, about 15 miles west of Lucedale. M. 0. Strickland, 35, of Rocky Creek community was reported in serious condition in a Mobile hospital today. Strickland was wounded while turpentining in the Howell community east of Lucedale with his three sons and a brother, Leo Strickland. Officers said that young Ha vard was hunting with three brothers and was shot through the right hand and left side when a double-barrel shotgun which was against a tree fell and both barrels discharged. Hospital officials said his hand was badly mangled and one kidney was removed. His brother, Houston Havard, about 21, ran several miles for help. Strickland was wounded in a similar manner, officers said, when a .12 gauge shotgun fell after being placed against a tree. The blast struck Strickland in the forehead. He was given emergency treatment at George County Hospital before being transferred to Mobile. Mrs. Roberts, 90 Funeral Today Funeral services were to be held this afternoon for Mrs. Sarah Jane Roberts, 90, who died Monday at 3:10 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lee A. Delmas, 304 S. Magnolia Street, Pascagoula. Born Dec. 8,1872 in Andalusia, Ala., Mrs. Roberts had lived in Mobile before coming to Orange Grove where she lived for sev eral years. Mrs. Roberts was a member of Orange Grove Methodist Church. Her survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Delmas, with whom she had lived for 13 years, and Mrs. Jessie H. Jackson of Lucedale; three grandchildren, five great grand children and one great great grandson. The body was to be taken from Jackson County Mortuary at 3 p.m. today to Orange Grove Methodist Church where the Rev. Harry G. Reeves will offi ciate. Pallbearers are Earl Roberts, Paul Riley, Horace Dickens, J. B. Jackson, Warren Green and Charlie Lander. Interment will be in Orange Grove Cemetery. Latest Stocks Supplied by Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner * Smith Ine. Volume .3,980,000 DOW JONES Industrials .727.92 up 16.43 Rails .169.61 up 3.20 Utilities .136.20 up 1.23 Stocks.256.96 up 4.90 Am. Tel. & Tel. Continental Can . 41% DuPont. IBM .*..465% International Paper .32% Litton Industries .77 Quaker Oats . 62% RCA . 19% Ronson . 30% Safeway . 58 Southern Company . 52% Standard Oil of Cal.59% Thiokol . 19% President Sees World Leaders, Plans Policies WASHINGTON (UPI) — Pres ident Johnson today plunged deeper into the intricacies of in ternational diplomacy. After arranging a formal meeting here next year with French President Charles de Gaulle, the President scheduled talks during the day with Soviet Deputy Premier Anastas I. Mi koyan, British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, West German Chancellor Ludwig Er hard and other world leaders who remained after attending President Kennedy’s funeral. The President’s first session was a meeting with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Oth ers he planned to confer with included Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal and Prime Minister Ismet Inonu of Turkey. The Selassie meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m., EST and the Mokoyan meeting was scheduled for 11:30 a.m., EST. Johnson obviously was deter mined to avoid any loss of mo mentum in U.S. foreign policy, to dispel any ideas that there will be vacillation or confusion following the assassination of Kennedy. Plans De Gaulle Meeting The new Presdient announced Monday night, following an 18 minute meeting with De Gaulle, that the French leader would come to Washington next year for a formal meeting. Adminis tration leaders predicted this would take place within a few months, possibly in February. Johnson also met Monday night with Japanese Prime Min ister Hayato Ikeda and Cana dian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. These meetings followed a mammoth reception at the State Department during which the President greeted the leaders of 69 foreign delegations represent ed at the Kennedy funeral. After the reception, Johnson met with a group of state gov ernors. He was late for the meeting and explained that he had been talking with De Gaulle Ikeda and Pearson). “Canada is such a close neigh bor and such a good neighbor,” he said, “that we always have plenty of problems there. They are kind of like problems in the hometown.” ' I No Detailed Talks Johnson, according to his aides, did not contemplate de tailed discussions of all manner of problems with the leaders here. But he wanted to make (Continued on page 2) Pas Man Shot In Hand Monday Fred Gentry of Pascagoula accidentally shot himself in the hand when a pistol he was hold ing discharged at Wade Monday afternoon, Chief Criminal De puty M. D. Johnson said. Details of the accident were not known. Gentry was taken to Singing River Hospital where he was scheduled to undergo surgery this morning. A TRAFFIC DON’T—In this, the first of a series of Jaycee photographs illustrating traffic violations, a truck attempts a right turn from the wrong lane. Other similary posed pictures will be published throughout the campaign. (Jaycee Photo) JCs Launch 'Safe Holidays' Drive By DON GRIERSON Chronicle Staff Writer Pascagoula’s Junior Chamber of Commerce, in a combined ef fort with The Chronicle and oth er news media, today kicks off a “safe holidays” traffic safety campaign. The program will continue through Jan. 2, with a daily box in The Chronicle to begin Dec. 1, listing the toll of traffic property damage. deaths, injuries, accidents and In addition to the daily list ings of accidents, feature arti cles dealing with traffic safety and related areas, as well as photographs illustrating “don’ts” in driving, will be published dur ing the holiday season. The National Safety Council reports that the death toll on holiday weekends exceeds that of non-holiday weekends by 25 per cent. The organization also reports that approximately one half of all fatal traffic accidents occur within 10 miles of the driver’s home. “We plan to campaign for public awareness of the traffic problems facing our city,” Erik Engdorf, chairman of the Jay cee Traffic Safety Committee said. “Since most accidents occur near the driver’s home, we be lieve the traffic problem is pri marily a local one for each of us, and steps must be taken on the local level.” The Jaycees plan to survey the city and attempt to locate the most dangerous traffic areas and bring them to public attention, to deliver talks and slides to other civic organiza tions and to furnish the news media with pertinent informa tion during the campaign. i FINAL RITES FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY—While the entire nation halts its normally hec tic pace in memory of its assassinated President, in Washington’s St. Matthew’s Cathedral Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy approach the altar rail to receive communion from Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston during a Pontifical Requiem Low Mass for John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 'Eternal Flame' Is Burning At Slain President's Grave WASHINGTON (UPI)—An “eternal flame” burned at the flower-banked grave of John F. Kennedy today in lasting memorial to the assassinated 35th President of the United States. A white picket fence about | two feet high surrounded an ar 1 ea of about five yards on each side of the grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Within the enclosure were piled scores of bouquets from other nations. The grave was filled in, the fence installed and the flowers placed several hours after Ken nedy’s burial Monday—a simple sequel to the massive funeral tributes witnessed by national and world leaders. Kennedy’s courageous widow who maintained a magnificent bearing during all her appear-i ances since the tragedy made a poignant visit to the grave shortly before midnight—about eight hours after the final rites. She laid a sprig of flowers on the grave and spent several minutes, with Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy at her side, at the floral-covered site. Special Lights Installed Monday night, specially in stalled lights cast a blue hue over the floral blanket while the gas-fed flame ignited by Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy in her husband’s memory burned brightly behind. A military guard will be posted at the site around the clock for the next week. One such light bums at the tomb of France’s unknown sol dier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Another bums at Gettys burg, Pa., in memory of Civil j War dead. An overwhelming silence en veloped the throng of great and simple people who came to see Kennedy laid to rest after the last rites of a funeral mass that broke the composure of his grieving widow. Caroline Cried Daughter Caroline, who will be 6 years old Wednesday, also broke down in sobs after react ing as bravely as her mother to their tragedy. There was added poignance when John Kennedy Jr., attending the funeral on his own third birthday, stood at the cathedral steps and saluted his father’s coffin just as the sol diers all around were doing. Washington’s streets were lined with an estimated 800,000 hushed mourners who paid their respects as the slain President was brought from the Capitol to the White House, from there to St. Mathews Cathedral, and then to the cemetery. There were kings, presidents, ministers and princes from near (Continued on page 2) Ruling Expected To Scuttle Hopes Of Rail Unions WASHINGTON (UPI) - The railroad arbitration board hands down a far-reaching decision to day that is expected to scuttle union hopes of keeping firemen on most trains and preserving present crew sizes. The board’s ruling will be binding for two years and may set a precedent for labor-man agement disputes in other indus tries over alleged “featherbed ding.” The late President John F. Kennedy appointed the seven man panel to decide two key is sues of the long-standing rail work rules controversy under terms of legislation rushed through Congress to head off a nationwide train strike Aug. 28. Arbitration board Chairman Ralph T. Seward said the deci sion would be issued today as Congress specified in the law. The decision is expected at 4 p.m., EST. It was the first compulsory arbitration law ever enacted in peacetime. Other issues in dis pute-pay rates, work jurisdic tion and seniority rules—were left for negotiators to work out before a Feb. 25 deadline. A strike would be possible if no agreement was reached by that time on these issues. An informed source said the majority of the arbiters has de cided to drastically reduce the number of firemen aboard freight and yard locomotives along the lines the railroads proposed. Management contended that the fireman was a “featherbed der” who was not needed and yet cost the companies $250 mil lion a year to retain. The rail unions involved—five in all—contended that firemen were necessary to keep the trains running safely and effi ciently. Their duties include sig nal passing, temporary repairs to diesels and lookout, union leaders said. Ruby Indicted In Slaying Today DALLAS (UPI) - A county grand jury today indicted flashy Jack Ruby for murder with malice in the vengeful slaying of President Kennedy’s accused assassin. Dist. Atty. Henry Wade said he would ask the death penalty and requested that Ruby be held without bond. Tom Howard, Ruby’s attorney, said he will apply for a writ of habeas corpus next week and will ask that his client be freed in bond. “I think he should be,” he said. Trial has been set for Dec. 9, but Howard said he will prob ably ask for a postponement un til mid-January. The striptease nightclub oper ator seemed unconcerned by it all. He downed a hearty break fast of cereal, milk, toast and coffee and ‘‘seemed in awfully good spirits,” said chief jailer E. L. Holman. Jake (The Master) Ehrlich said today he is willing to con sider defending Ruby. President Johnson Begins Job In White House Today Congress Hears Him Wednesday WASHINGTON (UPI)—President Johnson began work today for the first time in the presidential office in the White House taking on burdens of the world and national problems that have befallen him. Much of the President s day was devloted to meeting foreign dignitaries and preparing his first address to Congress and the American people. Johnson will speak at a joint session of Congress Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. EST. He is expected to outline his domestic and inter national policies in the speech. It will be televised nationally. Until today, Johnson had been working in the office he occu pied as vice president under slain President Kennedy in the Executive Office Building, ad jacent to the White House. On arrival today at the White House at 8:45 a.m. EST, the new President moved without fanfare into the oval office of the President. Johnson was sped under po lice motorcycle escort to the executive mansion from h i s private home in the well-to-do Spring Valley area of Washing t6n. The seven-mile drive through rush hour traffic took only 12 minutes. In his speech to Congress shaping up as one of the most important he will make as Chief Executive—Johnson is expected to urge top priority approval of the civil rights and tax cut pro grams spelled out by his dead predecessor.. Veteran legislators were said to feel there would be no slack ening under the new President of the drive for congressional approval of the two corner stones of the Kennedy program. But whether Johnson would be any more successful than his predecessor remained to be seen. “I think continuity without confusion has got to be our password and has to be the key to our system,” Johnson said Monday night in explaining his decision to appear before Con gress. Meets With Leaders The Chief Executive meets first today with the world lead ers who remained after attend ing Kennedy’s funeral, including Soviet Deputy Premier Anastas I. Mikoyan, British Prime Min ister Sir Alec Douglas-Home and West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard. But from the domestic politic al standpoint, his most import ant meetings were to come la ter in the day when he confers with top aides and officials about his speech before Con gress. The tenor of that speech probably was indicated in the new President’s remarks to a meeting of the governors of 35 states Monday night. The governors were hastily assembled following the funeral for the meeting at Johnson’s former vice presidential offices. Many were halted at airports and summoned to hear the President’s 30-minute appeal for bipartisan backing in the days of crisis following the assassin ation. The Chief Executive was re ported to have stressed his backing for federal programs to aid education in expressing gen eral support for Kennedy’s leg islative goals. To Urge Tax Cut New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomin ation, said that Johnson told the group he would urge Congress to act on the $11 billion tax cut (Continued On Page Two) Weather MOSTLY CLOUDY Middle Gulf: Easterly winds 10 to 18 knots and partly cloudy weather today, tonight and Wednesday. Widely scattered showers in central portion. Coastal: Easterly winds 10 to 18 knots and mostly cloudy weather with a few showers to day, tonight and Wednesday. Mobile Vicinity: Mostly cloud?‘trough Wednesday with scattered showers, pist to southeast winds 15 to 25 tules per hour. High today i8» low Wednesday 45.