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We did not stop to ask but walked on across the Mall trying to find a demonstration planned by FEDS \(Federal take place before the HEW building. That Texas Work Solicited Austin The Observer plans, in the near future, to publish one or perhaps two issues on “Life in Texas.” Contributions of material pertaining to this general theme are solicited from writers, artists, and photographers. Articles may be either reportage or fiction portraying life in the state \(its cities, small towns, photos likewise’ should depict Texas life. demonstration actually did occur, but our fascination with the passion play ultimately led us to the spot where the March Against Death culminated with the placing of the names of the soldiers, the villages, and the dikes in a dozen unpainted coffins below the Capitol. TEARS WERE harder to suppress there. The names were much too personal CLASSIFIED BOOKPLATES. Free catalog. Many beautiful designs. Special designing too. 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Each placard was the real body of a real life snuffed out forever and each village was a life-giving place which would never give life again. Tears were real and unquenchable and we dared not look into each others eyes during the eternal moment which we spent there. Somehow it would have been obscene for us to hold and comfort each other in the face of the deathly testimonial which was being re-enacted before us. There was no place to hide before the reality of death and destruction: no place to find comfort: no place to wipe away the eternal scar which had been blazed across the soul of this planet in Vietnam. If radicalism is the search for a new and alternative civilization for mankind, then the March Against Death was an affirmation of that hope and possibility. Those who listened to the liberal speeches at the Washington Monument on Saturday seemed too patient emotionally. Those who broke windows after being gassed \(as on Saturday evening seem too frustrated to create a relevant political program. Those who dismiss them all summarily did not witness, or would rather ignore, the attempt to address the problem of civilization and the value of individual lives which forty-six thousand marchers attempted to proclaim. America may very well get “out of Vietnam.” When it does, it will have to come home to deal with itself. Not all of the military hardware or the Pentagon budgets or the wars on poverty will begin to address the questions which Vietnam has raised. Certainly the question of the value of one human life and the value of life itself have been put permanently on the political agenda of a country which thought it was gettin&freedom cheap. TEXASWh does for English-speaking readers throughout Texas, TIES. NE /ER. wants to do for the Spanishspeaking working people of the Rio Grande Valley. PLEASE HELP US GET STARTED. Subs$2. 50 per year Sample copies-20 cents Donations gratefully ac cepted. rarAL. M R.. 0 I P.O. Box 1044 McAllen, Texas 78501 Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Forty-six thousand names had been ‘ scrawled or stenciled on placards the names of American soldiers killed, or of Vietnamese hamlets and villages destroyed, or of dikes bombed. As the demonstrators passed behind the White House, they called out the name which they bore shouting it towards the abode of an absent president who was off in Florida to watch the launching of our second garbage courier to the moon. We drove up Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday morning and watched the strange counter-marches of demonstrators bearing their burden of death in one direction and federal employees marching toward their deadly jobs in the other direction. We had not intended to spend any time on this “symbolic protest,” but the power of this medieval morality play began to catch us in our guts. We were soon parked near the White House and walking slowly past the mourners in the opposite direction. Conversation between us stopped across from the point where the names were being called out to the absent and symbolic elective monarch of the republic. We both knew that the other partner was breathing deeply to keep back the tears. We never dared to ask each other which names make our eyes and chests most uptight the guys, the villages, or the dikes. We only knew that one spoken word would break the carefully constructed composure which
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