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   Waterloo Daily Courier (Newspaper) - March 30, 1969, Waterloo, Iowa                                Overheard at garage; "My wife has a strange way of getting even with the power company. Sim uses our car to kiwck down their poles." Established in 1858 SIX SECTIONS FIRST WITH THE WATERLOO, IOWA, SUNDAY, MARCH UQ, 196fl MONDAY'S WEATHER Slightly Wormtr Complete weather SEVENTY-EIGHT PACKS. PRICE FIFTEEN CENTS WIDOW AT CATHEDRAL Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower, John into Washington National Cathedral'yesterday "where widow of the former President, is escorted by her son the former President was lying in repose. (Associated Press LiES IN REPOSE The flag-draped casket of Dwight ington National Cathedral yesterday. (Other stories and D. Eisenhower is surrounded by honor guard inside Wash- pictures on pages 2, 6, 8 and 35.) As 3-Day fke Sfofe Funeral Begins Bell's Toll Saddens Washin n U.S. in Big Vief Affack Hit Reds South Of Da Nang SAIGON (AP) More than U.S. infantrymen of the Americal Division are pressing a three-way drive along the coastal plain south of Da Nang in an effort to root out enemy forces threatening two provin- cial capitals. The U.S. Command, which had withheld information on the counter offensive for 10 days for security reasons, announced yesterday that troops have killed 313 enemy solders at a cost of 37 Americans killed and 337 wounded. A headquarters spokesman said the primary purpose of the three related operations is to "destroy enemy forces, materi- el and but anoth- er major objective is to relieve pressure on the cities of Tarn Ky and Quang Ngai. Fighting has swirled around Quang Ngai City, with a popula- tion of since the opening of the Communist command's spring offensive Feb. 23. Soldiers of the Saigon govern- See VIET Continued on page 2, col. 7 WASHINGTON (AP) The knell of a mighty cathedral bell saddened the Washington spring- time yesterday. The three-day state funeral of Dwight David Eisenhower had begun. With crisp military precision and a minimum of ceremony, the body of the 34th president of the United States was received into the stately National Cathe- dral'. There, in the secluded Bethle- hem Chapel, the flag-shrouded coffin will rest, to be viewed by thousands of mourners, until this afternoon. Eleven enlisted men bore the body in slow cadence from a. midnight-blue hearse through a portal with the carved inscrip- tion "The Way of Peace." The body of the former com- mander in chief was in a stand- ard silver-colored steel the same kind the Army would use for the burial of any soldier. The sun broke occasionally through clouds as a chill wind whipped the American and pres- idential flags flanking the en- trance. Mamie Stands Erect Composed, tearless, the gen- eral's widow and companion of more than half a century, Ma- mie, stood erect at the arm of her son, John Eisenhower. A veil covered her face. Once, her son patted her black-gloved hand. As always, she wore pearls. Before her stood an honor guard that included.some of the 'famed warriors .of modern mili- tary history. The late presi- dent's West Point classmate, Gen. Omar Bradley, was there with Adm. Arthur W. Radford, Gen. Lauris Norstad, other mili- tary leaders, the two surviving Eisenhower brothers, and his enlisted aide, an Army ser- geant. About 600 persons stood quiet- ly by to await the end of the pri- vate 20-minute service. The chapel doors were opened short- ly after noon, when the public- many of them ad- mitted in small groups. Throughout the afternoon, the crowds filed through at a pace of about an hour. Those waiting" outside, got dampened by drizzle that began in mid-aft- ernoon. Vice President and Mrs. Spiro T. Agnew were among the 'callers. The late afternoon mourners included House Speaker John McCormack who paid a brief x'isit to the chapel. Cold Rain Falls The line waiting to file through shortened somewhat as darkness approached and a cold rain fell but several hundred persons still waited. Most of the late arrivals came prepared for the weather, car- rying umbrellas and wearing raincoats. The average wait was over an hour. By p.m., with the rain falling heavily and steadily, the line of mourners had dwindled and it only took about 20 min- utes to move through the pro- cession and view the casket. Tempo Picks Up The rain stopped about and within a few minutes the tempo of arrivals picked up again as the line inside the ca- thedral lengthened. Military Lincoln Was the First Ike 8th President to Lie in State r Beneath Dome of Capitol Rotunda WASHINGTON (AP) Dwight D. Eisenhower will be the eighth President to lie in state beneath the dome that forms the huge circular hall called the Rotunda at the heart of the Capitol. The first Was Abraham Lin- coln, less than two years after the dome was completed in 1863, and the caskets of all the hon- ored dead since then have rest- ed on the same simple wooden bier. Other Heroes, Too Besides presidents, past ro- tunda ceremonies have honored war heroes, members of Con- gress, a vice president and the French-born engineer who laid out the city of in all. Normally a bright, bustling place echoing to the noise of the thousands of tourists who push through it each day, the Rotun- da takes on the solemn air of a cathedral on the occasion of state funerals. Its vaulted roof rises 180 feet in the air, topped by a patch of ceiling from which the glorified figure of George Washington, painted in draped robes and sur rounded by allegorical figures, peers down as if from a cloud. The wails at the base are part of the original central structure built after the British burned the Capitol in 1814. The Marquis de Lafayette, a living hero, was honored in the first Rotunda ceremony in 1824. During the Civil War, while the great cast iron dome was being put in place, northern troops camped out in the Rotun- da, as they did in all parts of the Capitol. They called it "the big tent." The first three presidents to lie in state there were the vic- tims of in 1865, James A. Garfield in 1881 and William McKinley in 1901. A fourth was John F. Kennedy, in 1963. Other presidents who lay in state there were Warren G. Harding in 1923, William How- ard Taft in 1930 and Herbert Hoover in 1964. While the fierce passions ar- oused by the Civil War still blazed, Congress honored two of its most ardent antislavery members with state funerals in the Rotunda, Rep. Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania in 1868 and Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts in 1874. Sen. Robert Taft The only other member of Congress to lie in state in the Rotunda was Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, whose funeral service was held there in 1953. Henry Wilson, vice president during Ulysses S. Grant's sec- ond term, died suddenly in the Capitol in 1874 and was given a state funeral. The nation has paid final trib- ute to four war heroes in Rotun- da John A. Logan in 1886; Adm. George Dewey in 1917; Gen. John J. Pershing in 1948, and Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1964. Unknown Soldiers In addition, unknown soldiers from the two World Wars and the Korean War lay in state there. The only other person given such an honor was Maj. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who planned the capital city, and in his case it was belated recognition. In 1909, 84 years after his death, his body was removed from its burial place on a nearby farm and reinterred at Arlington Na- tional Cemetery after lying in state in the Rotunda. The builders of the Capitol and the early Congresses had hoped the Rotunda would mark the final resting spot of George Washington, but Washington's family carried out the wish, written in his will, that he be buried in Mount Vcrnon. officials a'gain said the.chapel would remain open as long as any members of the public de- sired to pay their final respects. Tight Security Tight security prevailed to shield the family from the pub- lic. Only the family, honor guard, and pallbearers were present for the 'brief service in which the cathedral received the body. Special Prayer The Rev. Francis B. Sayre, dean of the cathedral and grandson of President Woodrow Wilson, whose body lies in a nearby crypt, said a prayer he wrote especially for Gen. Eisen- hower: "Accept, 0 Lord, the love and respect in the hearts of all those who come to this place, com- forting their sorrow and bless- ing their thanksgiving. "Gather them anew to the fel- lowship of this nation, that our trust may ever be in Thee, and our strength founded upon Thy glory. Cherish, Lord, Thy peo- ple, and keep them this day and ever more." Two other prayers were read from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. When it was over, the family walked from the chapel and en- tered Eisen- hower in a car with a license plate bearing the initials DDE undisclosed locations. First in Line First in line when the doors were opened to the public was an Army widow. Mrs. Ray Cole- man, whose husband had been a colonel, said she was old as Ike." Entering the austere cham- ber, mourners filing behind a felt rope saw the bier, lying be- tween rows of 10 pillars, sur- rounded by an honor guard rep- resenting each of the five serv- ices. The five enlisted men in dress uniform, standing guard around the closed coffin in half-hour shifts, remained at attention. Only the sound of shuffling feet could be heard. Close by is the crypt contain- ing the body of the hero of Ma- nila Bay, Adm. George Dewey. Former Secretary of State Cor- dell Hull also is buried in the cathedral, a massive, soaring structure at the crest of a hill where Massachusetts and Wis- consin avenues intersect. The White House is about two miles away. Gen. Eisenhower, it was said, had chosen the Episcopal cathe- he was a Pres- of the resem- blance of its tower to that of the chapel at West Point. The public passed through the chapel for 45 minutes at a time. For 15 minutes every hour, it was closed to all but family and friends of the five-star general. Military Efficiency The relatively quiet beginning to three days of funeral pagean- try went off with military effi- ciency the general would have See IKE Continued on page 2, col. 1 Public Offices Closed Monday Most public offices in Water- loo, with the exception of the city hall, will be closed tomor- row in memory of Dwight David Eisenhower. Schools will be open here but plan memorial ceremonies. Story on page 13. Cedar Falls ................24 City in Brief ................18 Classified Advertising Comics ......................25 Considine Column ...........24 Editorial.....................4 Farm News Home and Garden Markets Northeast Iowa Sports Television ....................25 Theaters Waterloo Deaths .............14 Women's Security Council Asked to Condemn Raid by Israeli Loved Admired Him Above Anyone WASHINGTON (AP) A generally white, middle-class suburban kind of people who twice elected him tribute to Presi- dent Dwight D. Eisenhower yes- terday as his body lay in state in Washington National Cathe- dral. Military men, former war- riors, their wives and widows, dotted the well-dressed throng that wound for hours around lha grounds of the cathedral. There were few younger ad- ults and even fewer Negroes in the crowd, most of whom lived through World War II. They moved through the chap- el at a rate of about an hour. The first person in line was the widow of Col. Ray Coleman. The 78-year-old Mrs. Coleman, dressed in black, said she had met Eisenhower's widow, Ma- mie, and that Mrs. Eisenhower was very interested in the Army Distaff Hal'., a residence for military widows, where Mrs. Coleman lives. Another mourner was Isabella Jones, executive director of the National Commission for Chil- dren and Youths, which she said was established by Eisenhower when he was President. "I loved him I admired him above anyone I prayed for him to get Mrs. Jones said tearfully as she left the chapel.' A graduate of Columbia Uni- versity, where Eisenhower once served as president, Mrs. Jones said she had campaigned for him and voted for him as a dele- gate to the National Republican Convention that nominated him for president in 1952. Probably the youngest of those who passed the flag- draped casket was two-monlh- old Michael Kilbanc who was carried by his father Robert, of Pittsburgh. The ents and three visiting Washington and decided to view the coffin. Kilbane, a former Marine hel- icopter pilot in Vietnam, was asked why he brought the baby. He replied: "1 would like to be able to tell him some day ho was here." Miss Ethel Shaughnessey of Belmor.t, Mass., a temporary resident of Washington, said it took her an hour and 25 minutes to get. through the line. "If I hadn't come, I'd be sorry for the rest of my she said. Miss Shauglmcssey de- scribed the chapel setting as "very impressive, simple and nice." Mrs. John J. Sullivan of Up- per Montclair, N.J., led her troop of 32 Girl Scouts through the line to view the casket, She said the group had come to Washington for a civic pro- ject and was now participating in "a truly historical event." Another mourner was retired Naval Cmrlr. Gerald Weyrauch, in his 40's, svho was in charge of tlie Eisenhower kitchen staff in Newport and Camp David from to 1961. Tells of Ike Anger Weyrauch reminisced with newsmen about the first time he cooked steak for the President. He said Eisenhower became quite angry when the command- er sliced the steak in half and let the juices run trom it. But he said Eisenhower's ire quickly subsided and the two "were back on a first-name basis." He said the general liked his steaks rolled in salt and then cooked right on the coals, not on the grill. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) Pakistan, Senegal and Zambia proposed formally late yesterday that the U.N. Security Council condemn Israel's air raid on Jordan last week. They handed in a resolution for that purpose just before the 15-nation council adjourned until after Dwight D. Eisenhower's funeral in Washington tomor- row. A U.N. spokesman said Secre- tary-General U Thant hopes to be able to attend the funeral. Deadlock Continues The resolution failed to break a backstage deadlock over whether the council should also condemn "other flagrant viola- tions of the cease-fire" as ilc- manded by the United States. This was intended to mean Arab guerrilla forays into Israel and shellings of Israeli settlements and positions. Like earlier drafts that the United States had rejected. The Afro-Asian measure limited the condemnation to the Israeli raid. It had n paragraph "observ- ing that numerous premeditated violations of the cease-fire have Say Not Enough But a source informed on the U.S. position said that was not enough. The United Stales want- ed the resolution to condemn the Israeli attack and other viola- tions in the same paragraph, so as to hit not only at Israeli air raids but also at Arab shelling and commando incursions. The resolution focused direct- ly on the Israeli strike that killed 18 people in the Jordanian village of Ein Hazar, near the town of Salt. It condemned "the recent pre- meditated air attack launched by Israel on Jordanian villages and populated areas in flagrant violation of the United Nations charter and the cease-firo reso- lutions." In the same sentence, it warned that if such attacks were repented, "The council would have to meet to consider furl her more effective steps ns envisaged in the charter to en- sure against" any further repe- tition. Watering Down That was a watering down of wording that thn United States had rejected. The original word- ing was that in case of another Israeli raid, the council would act under the charter's enforce- ment .section, which economic sanctions or military force. The resolution also "the loss of civilian damage to nroperlv. nounced the council concerned about the deteriorat- ing situation which endangers peace and security in the U came in after all-day pri- vate consultations. No dale was announced for a resumption of Ihc council de- bate. deplored life and It pro-   

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