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I The ladder down to failure is
greased with indifference.
Volume 41, Number 94
‘Kennedy Was A Great Intellectual’
JFK And LBJ Congressional
Days Are Recalled By Durham
By J. A. C. DUNN
Carl Durham sat in the high
backed blue leather swivel chair
'he brought home when he re
from Congress, turned and
tilted, patted the padded arms
and remembered two Presi
dents: Lyndon Johnson, and the
late John Kennedy.
Mr. Durham, who retired in
1960 after 22 years as Sixth Dis
trict Congressman, went-to Con
gress in 1938, the year after
Mr. Johnson did, and later
How thorough and painstaking
the U. S. Secret Service men are
in protecting the life of the Presi
dent was demonstrated when
they were in Chapel Hill in 1961,
prior to and during the Univer
sity Day observance when John
F. Kennedy received the honor
ary LL. D. degree.
A team of Secret Service rep
resentatives and plain-clothes
military men spent days and
nights planning for the Presi
dent’s trip. They examined cul
verts and overpasses along the
route the President would take
from Raleigh - Durham Airport
into Stadium. University
people cooperating cooperated to
the extent of being directed at
times by the detectives, and
there was a final lecture-guid
ance exhibit in which the route
and logistics were clearly shown
on a blackboard.
To prevent possible sniper* in
the Stadium, guards were placed
at the Press Box and the Guest
It was evident that all reason
able precautions were taken.
The Secret Service was “in
charge.’’ There was no doubt
about that. They ordered people
around. A slight bit of grumb
ling was heard about the way
the Secret Service men told what
could be done and what couldn’t,
and who could stand where at
what time, and how close the
President could be approached.
Press credentials were care
fully checked. Advance cards
were issued from the News
Bureau, and these names of the
newspaper, broadcasters, and
others were screened before
cards were mailed.
A few students asked for press
credentials, but only those known
to us, or vouched for as journ
alism students or campus photo
graphers were given the cards.
• * *
I remember that one student
who was unknown to me, and
was not in Journalism School,
nor a member of the Daily Tar
Heel nor on WUNC-TV and FM
He asked for a press card. "I
have a camera and want to get
as close to the President as I
can,” he said. Taking pictures
from the stands would be too
far away, he said.
I telephoned John Campion,
the Secret Service chief who had
established headquarters in an
office next to President Friday.
Mr. Campion said it was too late
to check the student out, and
it was best to refuse the press
pass. So, we turned the photo
grapher down.
• • *
John F. Kennedy was the fifth
President of the United States to
visit Chapel Hill while an incum
bent of the White House. Prior
(Continued on Page 2)
Economy Wins; Cupola Railing Goes
Town Attorney J. Q. LeGrand
and the audience of six were
chuckling with glee, and the
Board of Aldermen all had wry
smiles wandering around their
faces as Mrs. Harold Walters and
Roland Giduz locked horns over •
economy vs. aesthetics.
The Board met Monday night.
Among their business was award
ing the contract (or remodeling
the Town Hall. Low bid had been
uibmitted by Clancey and Thcys,
a Raleigh construction firm. Two
alternates were attached to the
bid: 1782 for work on the Town
Ball cupola. 1940 to replace the
cupola's railing, which blew down
in a storm last year.
i helped Mr. Kennedy through his
difficult freshman phase in Con
•“Kennedy was a great intel
lectual,” he said. Mr. Kennedy
went to Congress as a member
of the House of Representatives
soon after World War 11, and at
that time Mr. Durham was con
cerned with handling the rever
sion of public land to the cities
which had given the land to the
federal government during the
war. (Bills returning land to
cities were usually given to the
district Congressman to handle,
a courtesy which also afforded
the Congressman the value of
the publicity attaching to the
land reversions.
“I remember once,” said Mr.
Durham, “I had abqut 25 bills on
the consent calendar, and one
of them was about some land
up around Boston. Some objec
tion to it came up on the floor,
from a Republican. I hadn’t ex
pected any objection, and Mr.
(Kennedy went down to handle
it. He wasn’t entirely sure of
the procedure, and I explained
it to him in detail. That was the
first time I had any dealings
with him. You always feel kind
ly toward freshman Congress
men, because you remember
yourself when you first came,
and how much you didn’t know
about how as big a thing as the
Federal Government works.”
Mr. Kennedy was always
busy, Mr. Durham said. He
played golf at Burning Tree,
(partly because he was having
trouble with his back at that
time and needed the exercise.
“He used to come and ask you
(questions. He usually had a very
penetrating question. He was al
ways doing something. Even
when he was walking from the
floor of the House to his office,
he was doing something, talk
ing. You knew wfaaa you talked
to him that he had done his
homework. He was an expert’
at that. He had an intellect that
could see into the future. When
he first came you could see that
>he was deadly serious about
what he was doing.”
Lyndon Johnson is, Mr. Dur
ham said, “not exactly that
kind of men.” But Mr. Durham
has no qualms about Mr. John
son as President. “I think he’ll
(certainly run for election. I ex
pect him to. I hope he wins.”
Mr. Durham and Lyndon
Johnson worked together close
ly when they were both in Con
gress. Mr. Johnson was a pro
Chest Campaign
Over 80 Per Cent
The fourth Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Community Chest banner was
hoisted up the flagpole on the
corner of Franklin and Columbia
Streets today. Raising the fourth
“C” flag marked collection of over
$35,000, more than 80 per cent
of the Chest’s $43,000 goal.
Chest drive officials issued the
lollowing breakdown of collec
tions so far:
Residential division: quota, $15,-
500; pledged or collected, $12,-
917.78; percentage, 83.3.
Main campus: quota, $8,000;
pledged or collected, $6,773.07;
percentage, 84.7.
Business: quota, $12,000; pledg
ed or collected, $8,929.50; percent
age, 74.4.
Health Affairs: quota, $7,500;
pledged or collected, $8,792.34; per
centage, 90.7.
Totals: goal, $43,000; pledged or
"Three hundred and forty dol
lars?" Mrs. Walters asked, in
Town Manager Robert Peck
patiently went on to explain low
subcontract bids, and the fact
that the total cost of the re
modeling, including die two alter
nates, would be about $40,000.
"What’s the railing made of,
for $340?” Mrs. Walters asked.
“Gold," came an unidentified
voice (trim the audience.
“You never notice the railing
not being there,” said Mayor
Sandy McClamroch hopefully.
“We ixHikl buy a nice picture for
the price of thwrailing,” said Mrs.
Waters. Her seat in die Town Hall
The Chapel HiD Weekly
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tege of House Speaker Sam
Rayburn. “Sam took a very
deep interest in him. I talked
with Sam about him once. Sam
promoted him at every oppor
tunity. Everything Lyndon is to
day he owes to Sam, and I think
Lyndon would agree with that.
Sam used to say it was unbe
lievable the way Lyndon was
Mr, Johnson is a “maneuver
er,” Mr. Durham said. He has a
knack for making things work
out nicely, combining factors
iwith expert delicacy and finesse.
(Continued on Page 2)
Airport Rd.
Hearing Set
For Dec. 5
The Zoning Committee of the
Chapel Hill Planning Board will
hold a public hearing Thursday
night, Dec. 5, in the Court Room
of the Town Hall. The public is
invited to attend to participate
in a discussion of zoning of the
Airport Road. Roy E. Martin,
chairman of the Zoning Commit
tee, said the meeting will begin
at 7:30.
The planning staff will furnish
information on present zoning of
the area from the Town Hall to
Homestead Road. This will in
clude permits outstanding, such
as a shopping center and two
apartment developments in the
A request for a zoning change
by W. T. Marlowe and A. W.
Ray was delayed in August pend
ing a full review of the area.
This open hearing will be a part
of the full review.
Now that the Junior High
School and Recreation Center are
located in this area, the zoning
of the area should be of interest
to all residents of Chapel Hill.
This is an opportunity for in
terested persons to express their
views on what this major en
trance to Chapel Hill should be.
Highway 86 has a top priority
on the Thoroughfare Plan for
four lanes of traffic. Some in
terest has been expressed for a
bicycle path or pedestrian walk
way to the Guy B. Phillips School
and to the Recreation Center. If
there is sufficient interest, this
might be included in plans for
the area.
collected, $35,412.69; percentage,
Drive officials said a few area
captains have yet to be heard
from, but sizable contributions are
expected from them.
Following reports that not all
residential areas have been so
licited yet, arrangements have
been made for persons who have
not had an opportunity to contri
bute to call Station WCHL, 968-
4484. Additional pledges and con
tributions will be collected from
No decision has been made
whether to extend the drive to
reach the goal. Drive officials
noted that response to solicitation
has not equaled last year’s.
When 100 per cent of the goal
is collected, the fifth flag, with
an as yet undisclosed message,
will be raised on the Franklin-
Columbia flagpole.
faces an old print, more inspira
tional than decorative, of Free
dom watching with approval over
the signing of the Declaration of
Independence. Mrs. Walters finds
the print oppressive and has ob
jected to it before.
Mr. Peck, sticking to business,
pointed out that the Board might
do well to add a ten per cent
extra allowance to the money it
authorized for the remodeling.
The $40,000 would not include
painting unremodeled rooms or
Installing a counter with cabi
nets in the Police Department.
Mr. Gkhn said suddenly that
he thought the railing ought to be
put back, to keep the building
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SUNDAY —j The people coming
out of the Chajjel Hill Presbyterian
Church, above, were part of one of the
largest Sunday morning service at
tendances the church has ever had.
UNG And Duke Pronounced
Ready And Anxious To Go
Carolina and Duke resume
their arch rivalry at Durham to
morrow in a game that was post
poned from last Saturday in re
spect to the late President Ken
The kickoff will bo at 2 p.m. in
Duke Stadium before an expected
The game had been a 47,500
sellout, including temporary
bleacher seats, for several days
before the postponement. Thanks
giving Day attendance is expect
ed to drop about 5,000.
Originally the game had been
postponed to this coming Satur
day. The date was changed to
Thanksgiving at the request of
students at Carolina and Duke
who began their Thanksgiving
break at the end of classes to
Carolina will be going into the
game in top physical condition.
The Tar Heels wound up drills
on Tuesday, following which
Coach Jim Hickey said, “We’re
in good shape and anxious to go.
We’re in our best shape of the
entire season. I feel sure our
boys will be ready and eager.
I’m confident they’ll be out to
Duke also will be in fairly good
physical condition, with the ex
ception of fullback Mike Curtis
and halfback Billy Futrell. Both
have been on the injury list for
several weeks. Futrell is expect
ed to see some action and Cur
tis may see limited duty, despite
a bruised knee.
Duke Coach Bill Murray said,
“Our boys are in good spirit and
ready to play. I certainly don't
looking as the architect had origi
nally intended.
A motion was made to accept
all tow bids, with alternates two
and three on the general con
tract. Alternate two is for the
cupola, three for* the railing.
Mrs. Walters moved that the
motion be amended to remove
clternate three. “I don't see why
we should spend $340 for a wood
en railing,” she said.
“Hear hear,” from the audien
Alderman Gene Strowd second
ed Mrs. Walter’s motion.
“I have to speak against that
motion.” said Mr. Giduz, and ex
(Continued on Page 2)
Most churches in Chapel Hill had the
same experience. The service was a
regular one for Sunday, but was con
cerned in part with the death of
President John F. Kennedy.
anticipate any letdown because
of the postponement. Our squad
has the same desire to win it
would have had last Saturday.”
The game will wind up the reg
ular season for both teams. Ca
rolina, with seven win 3 and two
defeats, already has compiled
Town Slows Down
For Thanksgiving
The Town began to slow down
today for the Thanksgiving holi
day, and for the most part will
move at a decelerated pace until
next Monday.
University classes ended at
noon today. Public schools clos
ed for the holiday this afternoon.
Both University and public school
students will resume classes as
usual Monday morning.
Most businesses will be closed
tomorrow, though a few drug
stores and filling stations will be
open. Most businesses will re
open Friday and Saturday.
Chapel Hill’s and Carrboro’s
Thursday garbage collections will
be made Friday, and municipal
offices and agencies in both
• towns, except for police and fire
departments, will be closed to
With the students gone, and
the Beat Dook parade having
A Fugitive Frontier
Ffom Which To Move Again
Ask riot what your country,
now all its faces washed.by grief,
ego do.
Already it mounts the catafalque
to bask in the courage casketed yet radiant.
It clings so lord lily to memories and dreams
catapulted into Legend by the sling
that sped its arrows into so beautiful a man,
now folded, masked, upon the threshold of
a fugitive frontier from which tv move again
for you.
— H. A. Sieber
the best record of any Tar Heel
team since 1949. Duke has won
five this season, lost three and
tied one.
In the half century-old rivalry,
Duke has won 25 games, Caro
lina 20, and three have ended in
been canceled last week after
President Kennedy’s assassina
tion, no Beat Dook parade will
be held this year. But the UNC-
Duke football game will be held
tomorrow afternoon at 2 in Duke
The Carolina Inn's eating fa
cilities will operate on the follow
ing schedule clue to the Duke
game: the Hill Room will be
open from 12 noon until 1:45
and from 6 to 8:30 -p.m. The
cafeteria will be open from 7
to 9 a.m. and from II a.m. to
1:30 p.m., and will not serve
Thanksgiving services will be
held at several churches through
out the town.
The University Library will be
closed tomorrow and will oper
ate on a special schedule until
next week. Graham Memorial
will do the same.
Published Every Sunday and Wednesday
Chapel Hill Pays
Its Last Respects
Business Conies To A Standstill,
Churches Hold Special Services
Franklin Street observed President John Kennedy’s
funeral Monday with uanimity of purpose, though with
out complete unanimity of action. Virtually every busi
ness closed at one time or another, some from 41 a.m.
to 2, others from noon to 1. Franklin Street started
emptying as the funeral began in Washington, and by
noon the business block was at a standstill.
Some people went to memorial services. Others went
home. Some drifted into stores
to watch television sets. Few re
mained on the street.
People walking past the Post
Office glanced up at the flag at
half staff. You didn't notice any
smiles. You didn’t even see any
one driving very fast.
Kemp's was dark on a week
day for the first time in memory.
In one window, under a clipping
newspaper headline that appeared
last Friday afternoon, was dis
played a letter Kemp had re
ceived from President Kennedy
during the 1960 campaign, thank
ing him for support. An autograph
ed picture of Mr. Kennedy was
displayed beside the letter.
By noon, Franklin Street was
empty. Shades were drawn in
many shop windows. Traffic lights
had almost no traffic to control.
Patrolman Larry O’Quinn stood
in the sun on the corner of Frank
lin and Columbia, waiting. Officer 4 '
O'Quinn was an Air Policeman in
, the service. He likes police work.
The crisp style of the military
police shows in his traffic direc
tion during rush hours. He is a
young man with a nice smile
and quick eye. He agreed that
Franklin Street was singularly
"Everybody’s just all broken up
about it,” he said,
He had done the kind of duty
that honor guards were perform
ing on Washington Streets at that
”1 was in the honor guard for
President Eisenhower when he'
came to Turner Air Force Base
in Albany, Georgia. They told us
what his route would be and every
thing, but when he came he
suddenly changed his route. I
never did find out why.”
Adopted By
Town Board
The Chapel Hill Board of Al
dermen adopted a resolution
Monday night in observance of
the death of President John F.
Kennedy, urging citizens to par
ticipate in the 30-day official
period of mourning.
The Aldermen’s joint hearing
with the Planning Board began
with a prayer for the President,
delivered by Chapel Hill Record
er’s Court Clerk B. J. Howard.
During the Aldermen’s regular
meeting following the hearing, the
resolution was adopted.
The ■resolution:
“The Mayor and Board of Al
dermen of the Town of Chapel
Hill, as the official elected rep
resentatives of the citizens of
this Town, register their deepest
sorrow upon the assassination of
the President of the United
States, John F. Kennedy, upon
this, the day of his funeral, Nov
ember 25, 1963.
“We urge all local citizens to
observe as they deem fit person
ally, the 30-day period of mourn
ing decreed by our federal gov
“And we furthermore ask that
all people of Chapel Hill, in this
period, re-dedicate themselves to
the principles of justice and
freedom for all, idealized in the
service of John F. Kennedy as
President of this country; and
that we all draw from this trage
dy the realization that only
through a more determined ef
fort to bring about greater re
spect for representative govern
ment and its servants may we
indeed assure ourselves of bet
ter government.”
Weather Report
Partly cloudy and mild tomor
High Low
Sunday 57 35
Monday ...52 »
Tuesday 57 »
Has Union
The University paid its final
respects to the memory of Presi
dent John F. Kennedy in union
services at Memorial Hall Mon
Memorial was filled to near
capacity by mourning students
and faculty for the service, con
ducted by Father Robert L. Wil
ken, Rabbi Joseph Levine, the
Revs. Harry Smith. Thomas Mill
er and P. 0. Cansler.
The service was a simple one,
drawn from the Old and New
Testaments, and timed to coincide
with the celebration of the funeral
mass beng held for the Presi
dent in St. Matthew’s Cathedral
in Washington.
Father Wilken, rector of the
Catholic Student Center, eulogiz
ed Mr. Kennedy as “a martyr to
peace” and as a man ‘who dared
not only hunger for the hope ol
peace” but as one who had act
ed with force to make it a reality.
"Our grief would be but maudlin
sentiment if we failed to consid
er the words and deeds of John
F. Kennedy,” Father Wilken said.
The tribute opened with a
hymn, “Oh God, Our Help in
Ages Past,” immediately follow
ing which Rabbi Joseph Levine of
B'nai B’rith Hillel Foundation read
from the Old Testament a pass
age from Isaiah, Chapter 38, ver
ses 10-14.
The Rev. E. Thomas Miller of the
Presbyterian Student Center led
a responsive reading taken from
Psalms 46 and 121. Rev. Harry
Smith, also of the Presbyterian
Student Center, read from the New
Testament a portion oi St. Paul s
Epistles to the Romans, Chapter
8. Rev. J. O. Cansler of the Bap
tist Student Center led in the
reading of the Litany of the Na
The service closed with the
hymn, “God the Omnipotent!”,
prayer in unison and benediction.
Memorial services were also
held in a number of churches.
Pedestrians scattering like
flushed quail Tuesday afternoon
when a brakeless Volkswagen
jumped the curb on downtown
Franklin Street .... Remains
of Beat Dook parade floats still
scattered here and there around
revealing mournfully that HAR
VEY DANIELL'S erstwhile pet
crow, REX, had moved out and
taken roost near the Dodson
home .... License plate tally
man's latest report: British Col
umbia on a veteran MG parked
on West Franklin .... Post Offi
ce clerk AGGIE THOMAS carry
ing on a conversation with a
citizen through an open PO box
.... Scalpers’ quotations on
Carolina-Duke tickets in deep de
cline following the postponement
.... University professor wear
ing black armband (only one
seen) . ... Sign of imminent
Thanksgiving: Estes Drive house
hold drumming with the muffled
explosions of routing chestnuts
.... Erstwhile potential Guber
natorial candidate SPERO DOR
TON seriously considering for
saking public office forever ....
Franklin Street professional man
looking forward with undisguiaed
glee to four days of ample park
ing space.

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