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PAGE TWO

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1963

PA1~&U TWfl THE MICHIGAN DAILY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1,69'

Assassin's

Bullet

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BULLETIN
DALLAS-(-P)-Lyndon B. Johnson was shown In as Presi-
dent of the United States at about 1:38 p.m. (CST) today.
The oath was administered by United States District Judge
Sarah T. Hughes.
Johnson took the oath aboard the presidential plane at Dal
las' Love Field. He was preparing to fly to Washington to take
over the government.
Kennedy died of a gunshot wound in the brain at approx-
imately 1 p.m. (CST), according to an announcement by act-
ing White House Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff.
The new President, Lyndon Johnson, and his wife left
the hospital a hour hour later. Newsmen had no opportunity
to question them.
Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) had counted three rifle shots as
the presidential limousine left downtown Dallas through a triple

underpass. The shots were fired from above-possibly from one of
the bridges or from a nearby building.
One witness, television reporter Mal Couch, said he saw a gun
emerge from an upper story of a warehouse commanding an ob-
structed view of the presidential car.
Kennedy was the first President to be assassinated since William
McKinley was shot in 1901.
It was believed that Kennedy body's would be moved shortly to
Washington.
Traditionally, funeral services for Presidents who die in office
are held in the capital city.
Kilduff told newsmen that Gov. Connally, a Democrat, was
wounded in the right chest in the same ambush that felled the
President.
Connally was rushed into surgery for a two-hour emergency
operation.
Lt. Erich Kaminski of the Secret Service Bureau said the assas-
sin's weapon appears to have been a "high-powered army or Japanese
rifle of about 25 caliber." The rifle had a scope on it, he said.

The entire building where the sniper was located was evacuated.
People were working in the building at the time of the shooting.
Dallas Inspector J. H. Sawyer said, "Police found the remains
of fried chicken and paper on the fifth floor. Apparently the person'
had been there quite awhile."
The Dallas police department today arrested a 24-year-old man,
Lee H. Oswald, in connection with the slaying of a Dallas policeman
shortly after President Kennedy was assassinated.
He was also being interrogated to see if he had any connection
with the slaying of the President.
Oswald was pulled screaming and yelling from the Texas theater
in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas.
He brandished a pistol which officers took away from him after
a scuffle. Police Officer M. N. McDonald, who was cut across the
face in the scuffle, quoted Oswald as saying after he was subdued,'
"Well, it's all over now."
After the fatal shots were fired at Kennedy, the stricken Presi-
dent's secret service driver raced away from the scene at top speed-

heading for the nearest hospital and trying to get the presidential
party out of range of further gunfire.
Kennedy, Connally and their wives had been riding together in
the President's familiar dark blue bubbletop convertible. The trans-
parent plastic roof of the vehicle had been removed for the motorcade.
Secret Service agents riding with the President and in a second
convertible following close behind, immediately drew pistols and
automatic weapons.
But they were unable to get a shot at the gunman.
Dallas motorcycle officers, ranged around the cavalcade, took
off across a field in the direction from which the murderer appar-
ently had fired.
One officer raced to the foot of a nearby railroad embankment
and climbed to the tracks above, gun in hand.
The motorcade, which had Just passed through downtown crowds
standing 10 and 12 deep along each curb, broke apart in pandemonium
as Secret Service agents rushed Kennedy and Connally to the hospital.
Ironically, Kennedy was shot to death at a spot where there
were few spectators-after driving almost within handshaking dis-
tance of many thousands.

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