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I was hoping someone could add some meat to the bones here.

Regarding Adlai Stevenson's October visit to Dallas. We have a woman by the name of Cora Fredrickson charged for hitting Stevenson with her sign. She was a General Walker supporter and claimed that it was an accident.

The more interesting arrest that day did not get a lot of publicity. Robert Hatfield was chaged with spitting on Stevenson and then spitting on the arresting officer.

Hatfield was another Walker supporter, a member of the John B. Hood camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and had loose ties to the Cubans in Dallas (claiming it was conversations with them that made him angry which is why he spat at Stevenson).

During his trial a man named William De Gan testified against him. De Gan was ex FBI and at the time was working as Chief of Security for Neiman-Marcus. He claimed that an official of the company asked him to join the Dallas police in protecting Stevenson. How on earth does that happen?

De Gan may connect to Guy Banister but I have not been able to lock that down and any help in that area would be appreciated.

It does make one wonder what this whole episode was really about. This image below shows Robert Hatfield. Gee, who does he look like?

James

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Guest John Woods

Spooky, can you relist and soften this image. He looks familar.

johnw

reminds me of the USSR Oswald!

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Cora Fredrickson

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again not to divert but this is if nothing else interesting. Tom may be the one to put it in context?

http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/contents...|1|1|1|1|51985|

EDIT:: MSC has a John B Hood on docs, described as a 'screwball'.

speculations : something in this has something to do with Walkers interview with German paper which made a (false) report of Ropert Kennedy halting an investigation of Oswald re his shooting. IE an indication that contrary to his statements that he suspected two people, not Oswald, to be responsible for shooting at him, yet immediately after the assassination he draws the name Oswald (and RFK) into the affair. Furher the 30 03 steel jacketed bullet becomes at some point carcano copper jacket matched to Oswalds carcan which Walker later said was not the one that the police took from his house. A Oswald was a sprominent supporter of Kennedy. Walker had had runin with a Oswald previously as well. (not Lee). What a mess to sort through. (Also the carcano at the firing range spat a ball of flash (presumably due to shortened barrel))

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Before the Assassination:

The jostling of Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird had raised some eyebrows in 1960, when the right-wing had accosted them.

The Ambassador Adlai Stevenson incident brought Dallas national and international attention in terms of its far right movement, he arrived on Oct.24th 1963, to address a U.N Day meeting in Dallas, Stevenson had been twice a candidate for his countries Presidency.

Just before the United Nations Day, an extremist right-wing organization called the National Indignation Committee, headed by Frank McGeehee, set aside a day and called it United States Day. A United States ceremony was scheduled in the Dallas Memorial Auditorium Theater, which seated about 2,000, and set exactly for 24 hours before the United Nations Day, approximately 1,200 people attended.

About 2,400 people attended the U.N. Day. Before it was over, the Ambassador had been spat upon and struck over the head with a placard, and Dallas was front page news throughout the world.

“We booked Memorial Theater for the Stevenson meeting” Jack Goren, chairman of the U.N. Day committee, said, “because we were hopeful that one of the Dallas TV stations would televise the occasion. KRLD-TV (CBS) responded and agreed to televise the program”.

“We had a press conference some two and a half to three weeks before U.N Day. We announced in the newspaper what we were proposing to do. From my conversations with the people at Memorial Theater, General Edwin Walker, upon hearing of our meeting (about one week prior to this) booked the same auditorium, for the evening before the U.N Day. About a week prior to the U.N Day celebration we became concerned that there might be picketing at Memorial Theater."

This concern was brought about by the fact that some young students who were out at the state fair were entertained at the home of a local person, and one or two of them had reported to their parents that they observed some pickets derogatory to the United Nations at the home of General Walker. Whether this was actually true or not we were never sure, and we have no proof of it. However, we did observe that there were cars with signs on the Dallas streets reading, U.S Day Or United Nations Day---There Must Be A Choice; You Cannot Ride Both Horses, or words to that effect. This was the propaganda circulating on the Dallas streets, apparently put out by General Walker's supporters. General Walker was billed as the feature speaker for U.S.Day the night before the U.N Day.

"All you, probably know, U.S Day was designated two or three years ago by the ultra-right wing groups in the United States but primarily in a few selected areas such as Arizona, Texas and California. Out of 365 days of the year, they picked the day before the U.N Day celebration, which had been in effect since 1948. The reason for the selection of that date was obvious, but so far as we were able to determine, U.S Day had not gotten off the ground anywhere but the three areas that I mentioned and mostly in a few parts in Texas and Arizona.”

At this point, the supporters of the U.N Day suffered a real shock when Governor John Connally of Texas issued an official proclamation of United States Day in Texas. (U.N had been proclaimed long before in 1948). This provoked some immediate correspondence between Jack Goren and Governor Connally's office. Goren expressed his dismay that the governor had apparently given respectability to an occasion drummed up (by the ultra-right wing), for the purpose of discrediting U.N.Day and the United Nations itself. He questioned whether the governor had known before issuing the proclamation that Major General Edwin Walker, a clear-cut representative of the far right wing, was to be the principal speaker.

The governor replied that he had not, as Goren suspected, but that he had been encouraged by some, a number of people to issue a proclamation for the occasion, that in fact some kind of observance had been in effect before his time. He gave Goren the definite impression that he was not in any way trying to encourage General Walker and his supporters.

“It was a nice letter from the governor,” Goren said, “and it made me feel a good deal better. The major thing worrying me was not that something called United States Day should be proclaimed, as an official observation. The curse of this town has been that these things get into the hands of the extremists. Then, one way or another, through the newspapers, public statements or whatever, the actions of the extremists get to seem all right, defensible, respectable. Nobody blasts them and tells them that their actions are impossible in civilized communities. I think that's the basic difference between Dallas and other places. Anyway, I venture that there will be no further proclamations of U.S.Day so long as it is in control of the extremists elements which run it now.”

During this time before the Ambassador's visit, the premonition of some kind of trouble began to build. This was partly built on what kind of man Stevenson was, and the feelings he inspired. This man intellectual, internationalist, brilliant speaker --- seemed capable of arousing an emotion in Americans that is almost unique. His supporters some of whom were militant, as evidenced at the Democratic National Convention of 1960. His detractors were no less so. He was not a man who provoked a mild reaction.

Goren’s task was to do everything he could to prevent the premonition of trouble from turning into reality.

“I asked a security representative, Mr. William de Gan (a former agent for the FBI, now employed in Dallas), who knows Police Chief Jesse Curry, to go down to the police department and to tell them of our concern about picketing. I was anxious to make sure that we would have adequate police protection at the theater because of what we had already learned. Also, we were sure General Walker would stir up his meeting in opposition to United Nations Day and to Mr. Stevenson.”

“Mr. de Gan went there personally and spoke to Jesse Curry and was assured that there would be adequate police protection. A few days later reports began to come back to us that picketing might be extreme and de Gan again went down to the police station and made arrangements for more extensive protection. The extra police were supposed to arrive at approximately 7.30pm.”

“U.S Day drew nearly 1,200 people. We monitored the meeting. This made us extremely aware that there would be a large scale attempts to picket and possibly do other things at our meeting the next night. We realized this from the tone of General Walker’s speech, which aroused his audience to a high pitch about United Nations Day, that it was a part of the world-wide communist movement, the usual stuff with which you are familiar”.

“We were, of course, concerned, but we had confidence that the police protection would be adequate. When I arrived at about 7.30pm, I found that the theater had already been infiltrated with numerous supporters of U.S Day. ---complete with flags, complete with their signs, complete with their noise makers, which we were of course, not aware that they would even attempt to use. The pickets did not show up in force until approximately 7:45. The police protection at the early stages was inadequate and in my judgment was never adequate or timely. If I had to say what the really terrible thing was I would say that as bad as the picketing was, as bad as the mob action that took place as a part of the picketing was, and as bad as the spitting and hitting incident was----even worse was the hooting, the yelling, the noise makers, the waving of the flags, the waving of the signs, the attempt to break up the meeting itself by followers of General Walker, the John Birch groups, and the supporters of Mr. Frank McGeehee of the National Indignation Committee. This was totally undemocratic and un-American. The attempt to deny the American Ambassador to the United Nations the opportunity to express his ideas and the ideas of the United States government on world peace---this to me was the terrible sad thing.”

Fortunately, it was all photographed. It was all heard by several hundred thousand people on live television. Coupled with the terrible incident that took place afterward, the Dallas community was faced with the fact that the extreme right wing had gone too far.

After the meeting, we had a reception in the Memorial Theater on stage for the UN people. There was no attempt made to infiltrate that, but the pickets remained outside in numbers of seventy-five to 150 and they were an organized group. About forty-five minutes after the meeting, roughly 9:45, we left with police escort to try to go to the cars. Apparently there was a woman screaming at Mr. Stevenson. He walked into the crowd, leaving the line of the police escort, merely to ask her what she was screaming at him about and to try to quiet her down. The result was the hitting incident by the woman and the spitting incident by the young student. When Mr. Stevenson was rescued by the police, he was brought back to the limousine. He was in a state of shock, so to speak. He just could not understand that in America this sort of thing would happen, certainly not to him or to anyone. He had been use to picketing, but never to violence of this kind against representatives of the American government by Americans. He could not understand this. While he was wiping off the saliva with his handkerchief, his only comment was, “Are these human beings or are these animals?”

The woman who struck Adlai, was the wife of an insurance man who was quite prominent, he was not present at the meeting. When it was all over he told a friend, he could not make an outgoing call on his phone for two or three days after the incident as the line was constantly jammed with calls coming in, protesting his wife’s actions. She claimed someone pushed her, but the television tape indicated no such thing.

The man who spat on him was a college student, Robert Hatfield of Irving; Stevenson did not prefer charges against either person.

But Hatfield also made the mistake of spitting on one of Dallas’ finest,

Patrolman L.R.Larsen and according to the asst D.A that was a much more serious offence. During the meeting Mr. Stevenson kept control, though stunned at the reactions and actions by those within the assembly.( Some who went as far as to march up and down the aisles carrying their American flags upside down, some carrying signs, jeering and heckling (with noise makers sounding.) When the police finally did escort Frank McGeehee to a side door, Mr.Stevenson said “For my part, I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance”.

(The actions by these people were not the actions of the majority of citizens, many were stunned, but the mood of the stage had been allowed to be set, for the Presidential visit that was to occur within a month.)

On Oct. 28th the Dallas City Council shocked and embarrassed by what had happened, unanimously adopted an anti-harassment ordinance to protect visiting speakers. It prohibited any person or group from “interfering with a public or private assembly by the use of insulting, threatening or obscene language or intimidation.”

The City Council and Mayor Cabell apologized to Stevenson on behalf of their city. But Texas right-wing Congressman Bruce Alger stated the city had no reason to feel disgraced. Young Hatfield he said “ lost his head because of his resentment against the UN that threatens his freedom and his country’s freedom.” Alger did not state that he approved of hitting people nor spitting on them, but he did feel that people of Dallas should not be “throttled” in expressing their dislike of the UN.

Ironically at this time Dallas was engaged in the middle of a promotion program to invite the world to visit it. Brochures printed in German, French, English and Spanish had been distributed to fifty-one major cities throughout Air France’s Offices. They told of Dallas, a jet-age city with old fashioned southwestern hospitality.

At the same time, the fervor of the far right reached an extraordinary

Pitch, A handbill was distributed around town, it was dropped into cars, and scattered over parking lots.

It cast President Kennedy in the role of a wanted criminal and profiled J.F.K. classic full faced, and profile shot of a fugitive poster, and titled

“Wanted For Treason”.

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Information From: "Dallas Public & Private" Warren Leslie. P: 188 to 198.

B....

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Thanks, Bernice.

That is really helpful. Jack Goran was a VP at Neiman-Marcus so that explains how William De Gan was there. Curious to note is that Goran was also on the board of the Temple Eman-UL at the same time Abraham Zapruder was.

James

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Bernice,

Just a bit on Frank McGehee from the National Indignation Committee. He was behind a serious effort to persuade General Walker to run for President of the United States in 1964. Yikes!!

Anyway, on the right in this photo below is McGehee shooting his big mouth off. It was snapped during Stevenson's visit.

James

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James, Thanks for the McGehee photo...I have read of the push for Walker for President, do not know

if I saved............yikes how about ;)

The only other bit I have on Goran, in my research... that I can post right now is below...a

continuation...for whatever.....

....which I should get back to as well

as others.....this was in preparation for the

President's visit, that almost for a short time, appeared could have possibly been changed, that is how serious

some felt the situation to be....but as we know.

Preparing for the Visit.

The controversy did not excite the leadership, very much or for very long. The general reaction was it was a tempest in a teapot, and should be settled and forgotten. Most criticism within Dallas came from the “Arts News”, a magazine not part of the required reading of the Citizen’s Council members. The jostling of LBJ and his wife in 60

Had raised some eyebrows and may have cost the Republicans Texas, but it did not cost them Dallas. Where, Alger placard and all was handily elected and where the city had gone strong for Nixon and Lodge..

Some people though had begun to worry, seriously about the cities national reputation, but most did not. Many of the businessmen were worried more about Johnson’s own reaction than they were about any national criticism of Dallas, businessmen are nothing if not realists, and when Kennedy and Johnson had carried the country these leaders saw arid years ahead. No American city in the 20th century progressed very far without the interest and benevolence of Washington.

A couple of weeks after the Federal election, the author had a lunch with a Dallas Democrat who had said bitterly, “This Town’s in great shape now. We’ve got a congressman who even the Republicans can’t talk to, we’ve got a Vice President who hates our guts and we’ve got a good Irish Catholic politician in the White House who remembers where his votes came from---or didn’t come from. Eight years of this and we’ll be lucky if we’re still bigger than Waco”. Waco was a central Texas city, with a population of 100,000 at the time....

But the Stevenson incident really did shock the city. Not only had the liberal press of the nation hop all over Dallas, but one of it’s own newspapers the “Dallas-Times-Herald” came out with a savage editorial that had bore the headlines “Dallas Disgrace” written by A.C. Green. The editorial did impress the rest of the country as being

sensible self rebuke, and it impressed the citizens of Dallas after all these years of standing for home and motherhood, but more than the article the incident had hit hard at their conscience.

This gentle dignified man of high office should have been attacked in their city, was horrifying to rational people, including civic leaders. In scores of conversation after, the author states he heard many a conversation where men stated, such as...

“This town has gone nuts. What on earth has happened to us? They’re going to have to add a line to the city limits sign, saying, City Limits Of Dallas---Unsafe!” ..

Men who had spent their lives trying to build the city were jolted. As Dallas like other cities depended on contacts and doing business with other cities within the U.S. Bankers, lawyers, insurance men, oil men, etc worked with them every day in such places as N.Y and L.A. they traveled a great deal. .

They were very unaccustomed to feeling shame rather than pride, when they signed in from Dallas, on a hotel register.

Especially with even a Republican paper like the Dallas-Times-Herald

was condemning their own city.

“I think”, Stanley Marcus said one day to a group of his officers, “ that we ought to see whether or not we can persuade President Kennedy to change his mind about visiting Dallas. Frankly, I don’t think this city is safe for it.”

This meeting in Mr. Marcus’s office went on for three hours; the author recalls they usually met to discuss the store, and the city itself. This stocky, intelligent man would tell them about anything pertaining to Dallas. Educational, artistic endeavors which he thought the store as a corporation should back. They were always of progress, and doing things to better it.

Here they were now gathered to discuss whether to or not un-invite the President of the United States to this same city. No one was thinking in terms of assassination, they were thinking of spitting, striking and throwing things and the kind of indignities they had seen before. They were thinking of the President himself being harmed or insulted. They were thinking about how Dallas might best avoid another scandalous incident so soon after the previous. Marcus’s concern was far from the only expression of such.

Ambassador Stevenson had telephoned Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., to suggest the President cancel the trip. Stevenson had promised Jack Goren, the UN chairman, that he would do so. On the trip back to the airport Goren had suggested that Adlai talk to the President about the fanatics within the city and warn him that such a trip may not be safe.

Stevenson agreed and he did call Schlesinger, but a day or two later after he had reconsidered, he called Schlesinger again to say that if he felt his trip to be politically feasible, he should go ahead and make it. The author was sure that like many others he felt the Secret Service would protect the President in case the Dallas police could not.

Many of the cities leaders met at a lunch for a discussion of the same problem. The consensus was you simply could not un-invite a President of the U.S to your city…..and if you did, a man such as Kennedy would not pay the slightest attention. It was decided that the President was going to come, and whatever warnings he did receive it was up to the city to organize a campaign which would keep the mouth of the far right closed, at least during the President’s stay.

The campaign was arranged similar to how the peaceful integration had been arranged. Sam Bloom, the advertising man, was put in charge of it. The CC agreed to serve as host for a luncheon at the Trade Mart where Kennedy was to make his talk. The mayor was asked to make a statement imploring his people to greet the President with warmth and hospitality and to not show any disapproval to any of his policies by actions disrespectful of his office.

The newspapers had also agreed to co-operate fully, the police department was alerted to spot any agitator and remove such quickly before any trouble started. Unfriendly pickets were discouraged, but if any turned up they were to be placed well at the back of the crowd, away from Kennedy’s person. The preachers were also asked to advise their congregations.

This time the establishment was not the sole director it had to contend with the White House planning as well.

“It was a mess from hell to breakfast”, Sam Bloom said, “and I suppose things will always be”. We were plugging along at the agency, trying to get organized for the visit, when a guy comes in and says, “Well Mr. Bloom, I want you to know I am the coordinator for the White House”. I said “Well, how do you do?” And he left.....

The next day I had a call from a man up in Washington who said, “Good morning, Mr. Bloom, I’m the coordinator for the White House”. “Well we seem to have two coordinators for the White House “, I said,” because somebody came in to see me yesterday and he said he was the coordinator for the White House”. Well this guy, in Washington said, “Don’t bother about him, my authority supersedes his. I said “Ok fine”.....

The next day we had a call from another man up there and he said, “Good morning, Mr. Bloom, I’m the coordinator for the White House”, and I said to him, “Well, as far as I can see, you fellows better start coordinating because you’re the third coordinator and it seems to me that what you ought to be doing is coordinating the coordinators.” .....

“Then we had the Yarborough interests, the Kennedy interests, the Johnson interests, the Connally interests, some labor leaders , some loyal democrats, some not loyal democrats, all plugging at us for tickets and we didn’t have enough.... Somebody told us, that the White House itself wanted 150 tickets and Governor Connally would need 50. We marked the ‘W.H’ tickets and the Connally tickets ‘G.C’. Before it was all over we had to get them all back because we figured these would be handed out at random, and we were getting too many protests from the people who couldn’t get in”.

“It was the White House that wanted the motorcade. Actually, in Washington, they kept telling us we were trying to tighten things up too much. Maybe we were, but we were worried because of the Johnson and the Stevenson incidents. We didn’t want anything to happen. They kept telling us that Kennedy handled these things very well, that he had seen lots of pickets and that they didn’t bother him.. So they ordered the motorcade. They wanted him visible to the maximum number of people over the maximum number of miles within the scheme. We got the idea that we were a lot more nervous than anybody else about the reception the President would get.. We were thinking that incidents that might not be important somewhere else, would make the news if they happened in Dallas.

“I want to say one nice thing about the security people, the secret service. They were the best people we dealt with. They knew what they wanted, they put it on lists and all we had to do was to provide it at the right time, which of course we did.

“I’d also like to say that I think the campaign worked very well. Dallas was well prepared by the various media for the President’s visit and you could tell if you were out there. After all, there were a couple of hundred thousand people, all friendly and all waving and smiling. In spite of all the earlier confusion, I think the presentation that had been planned was honorable, modest and decent. The speeches had been held to a minimum and the Mayor Erik Johnson was handling things fine.”

“As everyone knows, Mrs. Connally, the wife of the Governor of Texas, agreed with Mr. Bloom. “Well, you certainly can’t say the people of Dallas are against you today,” she said to President Kennedy only moments before he was shot and killed and her own husband seriously wounded.”..

"Dallas Public and Private" Warren Leslie

Info from Pages, 200-208.

Thanks......B.....

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James,

The more interesting arrest that day did not get a lot of publicity. Robert Hatfield was chaged with spitting on Stevenson and then spitting on the arresting officer.

Hatfield was another Walker supporter, a member of the John B. Hood camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and had loose ties to the Cubans in Dallas (claiming it was conversations with them that made him angry which is why he spat at Stevenson).

James

Thanks for the info on Hatfield. In Bernice's article, she wrote:

"The man who spat on him was a college student, Robert Hatfield of Irving"

One interesting thing, Warren Commission Document #320 is a memo from SS Agent Rowley. On page 162 of that Report there is a newspaper article from October 27, 1963 - I can't make out which paper - concerning the Stevenson incident.

In the article, Bobbie Joiner said there was no preplanning for Stevenson incident, but that, “some of the signs used were stored at former Major General Edwin A. Walker’s headquarters on Turtle Creek Blvd.”

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...p;relPageId=162

This was the same incident that Larry Schmidt took credit for in one of his letters to Bernard Weissman.

Schmidt told Weissman that he had recruited 10 or 12 students from one of the local Dallas colleges. I wonder if Hatfield was one of those students.

You wrote:

"Hatfield was another Walker supporter, a member of the John B. Hood camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and had loose ties to the Cubans in Dallas (claiming it was conversations with them that made him angry which is why he spat at Stevenson)."

I wonder where and when these conversations took place.

On page 6 of Wallace Heitman’s April 29 Report, right in the middle of a discussion about the Cubans in Garland, he says that his source said that (blank) and (blank) had told him that they had attended the meeting at the Dallas Municipal Auditorium in October, 1963 where Adlai Stevenson had given a speech and that they had worn placards outside the Auditorium which were anti-Stevenson in context and that they had lived at that address before he (Heitman’s source) had moved in.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...p;relPageId=215

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Wes Wise, the former TV reporter at the time of the assassination and later mayor of Dallas, said that after the Stevenson incident official investigators showed him photographs of the demonstrators to see if he could help identify any of them.

In additon, while in DC in April 1963, Dr./Col. Jose Rivera and Adele Edisen ran into an Army Colonel previously stationed with Rivera at Fort Sam Houston. After a brief converstation with the guy, Rivera told Edisen that he was doing photographic surveillance of demonstrators and trying to identify them from the photographs.

I believe these incidents are connected.

BK

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Originally from Anne Marie Kuhns-Walko:

The following is an excerpt of a 15 Page document available from the National Archives under RIF #180-10078-10023.

It is a letter from a private citizen named Grace B. Vale to the HSCA dated July 10, 1978.

BEGIN DOCUMENT EXCERT:

PERSONS WHO MAY HAVE INFORMATION

AND BEEN OVERLOOKED

II. ROY FRANKHOUSER worked as an undercover agent and said he was scheduled to

testify before the Warren Commission in 1964 until someone in the Executive

Branch quashed his subpoena for "National Security" reasons.

Frankhouser said in a 1975 interview he has information about teams organized

for the Kennedy assassination by agents who infiltrated groups ranging from

right to left, including the Minutemen, the American Nazi Party, and the Socialist Workers

Party.

Frankhouser said Michael and Ruth Paine were fellow undercover agents whom he

met in 1960 when he infiltrated the Socialist Workers Party. The Paines became

involved with Lee Harvey Oswald in early 1963. According to Frankhouser, Ruth Paine was Oswald's

intelligence "baby sitter" ad helped him set up a radical left-wing cover including his one

man Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New Orleans.

Frankhouser also said the Paines took Oswald to New York and attended an

International Scientific meeting where Frankhouser met Oswald. [1]

The following independent support gives Frankhouser's story an edge of credibility:

a. Many researchers believe George De Mohrenschildt was Oswald's intelligence

"baby sitter." George De Mohrenschildt introduced Ruth Paine to Oswald, and

after De Mohrenschildt left for Haiti in April, 1963, Ruth Paine was in constant touch

with Oswald or his wife until November 22.

b. Ruth Paine did go to the northeast in September, 1963, and a Secret

Serviceman asked Marina Oswald if she had any knowledge about Oswald's trip to

Washington, D. C., one of the cities Ruth Paine visited. [2] Furthermore, in a letter to the

manager of The Worker in New York City dated August 31, 1963, Oswald applied for a job as a

photographer and said he would be in New York "in a few weeks." [3]

c. An International Scientific Organization did meet in New York in September,

1963, when Ruth Paine was in the northeast. Its name was the Comite

International de l'Organisation Scientifique, and its chief host was David Rockefeller. It met

from September 16 through 20, 1963. Ruth Paine returned to New Orleans on September 20.

[1] New Solidarity, November 2O, 1975. Norman Kempster also reported Roy

Frankhouser's revelations In the Washington Star.

[2] Hearings before the President's Commission on the Assassination of

President Kennedy, US Government Printing Office, 1964, XXIII, 387.

[3] Hearings, XXII, 169-170.

FRANKHOUSER - 2 -

The United States affiliate of the Comite International de l'Organisation

Scientifique, the host to the International Management Congress, as it was

called, was the Council for International Progress in Management. They did not refer to business, they

were talking about managing the world.

In a welcoming speech the host David Rockefeller said the program had been

"carefully planned over a two year period." The official program which was

printed in the Don Bell Report of September 13, 1963, said, "Leaders from business, education and

government from approximately 100 countries will participate... Special grants from the U. S.

State Department, several foundations and corporations will bring approximately 250

of 'tomorrow's leaders' to the Congress, and to unique four week management development

courses... The Comite International de l'Organisation Scientifique, sponsor of the Congress, has

played a major role in the last 4O years in influencing managerial thinking, methods and practices..."

In addition to David Rockefeller, some other members of the Advisory Board

were:

Henry R. Luce, Editor-in-Chief, Time, Life, Fortune

Malcolm Muir, Honorary Chairman, Newsweek, Inc.

Frank Stanton, President, Columbia Broadcasting System

Harold S. Geneen, President, International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation

W. W. Overton, Jr., Trustee, former Chairman, National Industrial Conference

Board; Chairman of the Board and President, Texas Bank and Trust Company of Dallas

James W. Aston, President, Republic National Bank of Texas [4]

(Warren Leslie wrote, "[in Dallas] there are a few men ,whose support in any

civic project is an absolute necessity. Among them [are]...James Aston, head

of the Republic National Bank...

The bankers are present not only because of the personal influence of the men

but because in any civic project the bank 'clearing house,' an organization of

all Dallas banks, must approve ... Without the banks... the project is dead."[5] Jack

Ruby's closest friend, Ralph Paul, who had a financial interest in the Carousel, was alleged to have

been a banker associated with the Republic National Bank. [6]

[4] Don Bell Reports, September 13, 1963. Cited and reprinted

in Wickliffe B. Vennard, Sr., What's wrong in Washington?

Forum Publishing Company, 324 Newberry Street, Boston, pp. 84-94.

[5] Warren Leslie. Dallas Public and Private, Grossman Publishers,

New York, 1964, p. 75.

[6] Hearings, XXIII, 3

FRANKHOUSER - 3 -

(Patrolman Joe Murphy said the pickup truck stalled near the Book Depository

Building on the morning of November 22,1963, was the property of a company

doing construction on a bank building. [7] Julie Mercer reported a man carried a

rifle case from this stalled truck to the grassy knoll, and said the driver of the truck was Jack Ruby. [8]

the next day, November 23, Ruby called Breck Wall In Galveston at the home of Tom McKenna

whose son was working on a construction job at the Republic National Bank.)[9]

d. Further support for Frankhouser's story is provided by Larry Schmidt who

lead a group who infiltrated right wing organizations in Dallas in the year before

President Kennedy's assassination. Schmidt wrote the black bordered ad that "welcomed"

President Kennedy to Dallas in an insulting manner, and was also the leader of the group

that attacked Adlai Stevenson on October 24, 1963. [10]

In a letter marked "DESTROY" on every page to SP Larry Jones stationed in

Munich where Schmidt had been in charge of public relations for Armed Forces

Recreations Centers before his discharge, [11] Schmidt revealed that he and his colleagues

lacked the ideological convictions of the groups they were planning to infiltrate. This

letter, which as Schmidt boasted to Jones his first letter would be, is on National Indignation

Committee stationary. In it Schmidt tells of deal he has made with the National

Indignation Committee (NIC) to merge his group called Conservatism, USA (CUSA)with NIC. You must understand

I am making this offer with tongue in cheek - we'll get rid of our new 'partners.' ... NIC

is ripe for take over exactly as we planned... NIC leaders are not demagogues - are 'guy next

door' - nice American guy, sincere' dedicated - not too bright... everything is going our

way! I'm calling the shots - and I have painted a lovely picture - best con job yet.

"All plans must be in final form by 1 July 63... It is all up to you... You

people must learn conservatism immediately. Everyone will read 'Conscience of a

Conservative' now... you must know Conservative philosophy..." [12]

[7] Commission Document 205, printed in Josiah Thompson, Six Seconds in Dallas,

Bernard Geis Associates, New York, 1967, p. 219

[8] Jim Garrison, A heritage of Stone, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1970, pp. 43-4

[9] Hearings, XIV, 613.

[10] Hearings, XXIII, 471-472

[l1] Hearings, V, 495.

[l2] Hearings, XVIII, 878.

FRANKHOUSER - 4 -

Schmidt was apparently an able and Intelligent man. He had worked as editor of

the Culver City Citizen, Culver City, California, before serving in the

Army.[13]

Another person associated with the National Indignation Committee In the

pre-assassination period was Morris Tannehill [14], described as appearing

highly educated, very well read, with an excellent personality.

After the Kennedy assassination he told T. V. Stephens Jack Ruby was "dead

either way he goes unless he gets a life sentence because somebody will rub him

out," and that it was well known that Ruby had been mixed up with the Communists and had

a plane chartered to go to Mexico the day of Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination, but did not

go..."

On February 18, 1964, Tannehill displayed a business card to Stephens which

said he was a sales representative of the Noel R. Chapin Company, 4136 Commerce,

Dallas , Texas.

[15]

In a report dated April 17, 1964, Tannehill advised he was employed at

Christian Memorial Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. [16] A credit bureau report listed

him as a former employee of Acme Electric, no address shown. [14]

In Dallas Tannehill had lived at 5715 Beckley (the Holiday Lodge Hotel), [14]

where two strange deaths took place shortly after the assassination. One of

them a 23 year old ex-marine named Jack Eugene Ramsey was found hanging in a room in the Holiday

Lodge Motel at 5715 Beckley, on May 8, 1964, and the other was the manager of the motel who

died shortly thereafter. [17]

(Jack Ruby reportedly made dates for girls who worked in his club in the

holiday motel in Irvington, where Ruby had an associate. [18] And Willard DeLacy stated

he last saw Ruby on November 19, 1963, at the Holiday Inn Motel. [19] I don't know if

these Holiday Motels are the one where Tannehill lived and the murder and other death

occurred, however.)

e. Michael Paine said he also attended meetings of the National Indignation

Committee [20] and of the other right wing and left wing causes, and indicated

Oswald did the same.

[13] Hearings, XXIII, 471.

[14] Hearings, XXVI, 317.

[15] Hearings, XXVI, 115.

[16] Hearings, XXVI, 318.

[17] Penn Jones, The Midlothian Mirror, Midlothian, Texas 76065,

January 20, 1972.

[18] Hearings, XXIII, 373.

[19] Hearings, XXV, 713

[20] Hearings, XI, 400.

FRANKHOUSER - 5 -

Paine remarked while testifying to the Warren Commission, "I remember stepping

over him [Oswald] as he sat in front of the TV,...and thinking to myself for a

person who has a business to do he certainly can waste the time. By business 1 mean some

kind of activity and keeping track of right-wing causes and left-wing causes or something." [21]

Even if Roy Frankhouser is an agent of disinformation, independent sources show

there is some truth to his story, and I hope you will thoroughly pursue the above leads.

[21] Hearings, II, 412.

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Washington Post, 12/9/63

Oswald Picketed Adlai Rally in Dallas, Witnesses Say

By Ronnie Dugger

DALLAS, Dec.8 -- Curious ironies continue to multiply in the wake of the

President's assassination here Nov. 22.

It now appears that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, attended not

only a rally addressed by Gen. Edwin Walker Oct. 23, but also one addressed by

United Nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson Oct. 24.

A Dallas woman who sat near Oswald at an Oct. 25 meeting of the Dallas

Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says that when the Stevenson

meeting of the night before was being discussed, Oswald nodded his head and said, "I was there."

Oswald said this in an aside to Michael Paine, who had brought him to the

meeting, the woman clearly recalled. Oswald's wife and children lived with

Paine's estranged wife in Irving, a Dallas suburb.

Larrie Schmidt, Dallas insurance salesman was also at the Stevenson meeting,

leading a group of pickets against Stevenson.

Yesterday Bernard Weissman, who placed an anti-Kennedy advertisement in the

Dallas News on the morning of the assassination, told a newsman in Mt. Vernon,

N.Y., that Schmidt telephoned him after the meeting at which Stevenson was spat upon, and

asked Weissman to come to Dallas to help out in the aftermath.

Schmidt acknowledges that, in advance of the Stevenson speech, he telephoned

"a friend of mine in a local university" and asked if he could help find people

to demonstrate against the United Nations. The friend arrived with 14 young

pickets, and a "peaceful picketing" was organized, Schmidt said.

The persons who spat on Stevenson and struck him with a picket sign had

nothing to do with his well-dressed and orderly group, Schmidt said today. "We

deplore and certainly do not condone the actions of those people," Schmidt says.

At the A.C.L.U. meeting on Oct. 25, Oswald rose during the open discussion

and remarked that he had attended the Walker speech two nights before and had

observed anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic symptoms there.

A man who attended the A.C.L.U. meeting and who sat beside Oswald, has been

located and corroborates other recollections about Oswald's remarks there.

This source confirms that Oswald said in the aside that he had attended the Stevenson

rally.

A Dallas businesswoman, who refused to be identified, said she believes she

saw Oswald picketing at the scene of the Stevenson speech.

"He was the only one who did a military type turn. This called my attention

to him," she said.

She believed Oswald's group picketed and left before the disturbance broke

out against Stevenson.

A second Dallas woman, a housewife, said: "I believe he was there, and he was carrying a picket sign in the lobby."

Neither the businesswoman nor the housewife remembered what kinds of signs

were carried by the group led by the man they now believe was Oswald.

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James,

The more interesting arrest that day did not get a lot of publicity. Robert Hatfield was chaged with spitting on Stevenson and then spitting on the arresting officer.

Since your post, I've been looking into Robert E. Hatfield.

On May 21, 1964 he was convicted of this incident and fined $200.00

His lawyer was Howard P. ("Pete") White.

White's name, address and phone number appears in Ruby's/Crafard's notebook.

One source I read said that White had been getting Ruby off on various charges since 1955.

According to Mary Ferrell's database, another of White's clients?

John Thomas Masen.

WHITE FIRST HOWARD MID/AKA P. ("PETE")

4401 Beverly Dr., Dallas, TX; (o) 631 Fidelity Union Life Bldg., Dallas,

TX 'PHONE (o) (214) RI 1-1295

WC Vol 19, p. 73; CD 4, pp. 485, 503; HSCA Vol 9, p. 1099; FBI

124-10035-10168, p. 6

Wife: Margaret B. White. Attorney. Name in Larry Crafard's notebook.

Attorney for John Thomas Masen. White's daughter Maury said Pete White

was a cousin of Angus Wynne. Had Carousel Club pass #208. Mrs. Cuba

Lee Glick Alexander asked White to handle her divorce from William

Alexander, alleging Alexander was a "mental case."

Steve Thomas

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