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Good Job, Sen. Yarborough _ J BUM PERS”I”RIPS: 4 for 50c, 15 for $1, 100 for $3, 500 for $14, 1,000 for $25. Send check and Zip Code; we pay postage and tax. IFUTURA PRESS . Phone 512/442-7836 1714 SOUTH CONGRESS P.O. BOX 3485 AUSTIN. TEXAS STATE AUTO INSURANCE Welcomes You! Auto insurance problems? “See STATE” for official “noncancellable” liability protection. Write for more information to 4334 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, Texas 75219. Since 1866 The Place in Austin GOOD FOOD GOOD BEER 1607 Son Jacinto GR 7-4171 companies and the pipelines from cutting wherever they wanted to. Even on state-owned rights-of-way. Instead of building higher dams, the oil well people let out the overflow everytime it rained. Maybe the Gospel of Ecology was late in getting here, we suggested. “They won’t let it across the county line,” Lance replied. It was late in the afternoon when we returned to the car, with Lance walking slower and the sun slanting down through thick woods. Lance posed for a picture in front of his grandfather’s liveoak tree. His smile was wizened, weatherbeaten; his eyes were gentle, and, in the fading light, distant. That is how I prefer to remember him, peering off into the Thicket, seeing what the land had been like before bulldozers, asphalt, power saws. He had fought them year by year, step by step, always losing, heeded too late. I wanted to ask him how he managed not to sour on people, whether he really thought there would be anything left in the end but wrecked thickets and red flag subdivisions. For a long time there was silence: bird cries, scuffled leaves, the sound of wind. Then we got into the car and took Lance i 2 The Texas Observer home. A month later, this March, Lance Rosier died, quickly, of an unsuspected cancer. He was 67. He was survived by three brothers and two sisters, and by a covey of newspaper articles asserting that Mr. Big Thicket Is Dead. When we left him off that afternoon Lance begged us to come back, and bring Warren Report, with introduction by David Lifton, Sightext Publications, El Segundo, Calif., 1968, $ 17.50. New York City “We will go next to Item H under Roman Number II, remains of Lee Harvey Oswald, letters received from Nicholas Sylvia Meagher Katzenbach. Now that situation is that this man is buried in a cemetery, and it takes officers around the clock to watch him, vatch and see that they don’t come in and exhume him and do something that would further injure the country, and so it has been suggested that to save expense they exhume him and then cremate him.” With that introduction by Chairman Earl Warren, the commission at its executive Mrs. Meagher is a leading critic of the Warren Report and one of the more serious students of the assassination of President Kennedy. She is the author of the Subject Index to the Warren Report and the Hearings and the Exhibits, a work the Warren Commission itself should have compiled and incorporated with its report but did not, and Accessories After the Fact, a critique of the handling of the investigation of JFK’s murder. Mrs. Meagher has published articles and reviews in Commonweal, Esquire, the now-defunct Minority of One, and other publications. This is tile first appearance of her work in the Observer. more people. Then he walked back towards the porch through the shrubs and vines he had planted. A bluejay pivoted down from a treelimb and balanced precariously on a vine. Lance and the bird peered at each other, motionless, for a long time. Then we drove away and the yard, the jay, the green tracework of vines were lost from view, behind an Enco station. session of January 21, 1964, embarked on a ghoulish discussion. What to do with the mortal remains of Oswald in order to save the expense of guarding his grave? Warren was dubious about cremation, since questions might still arise about the course of the bullet and the like. Sen. Richard Russell suggested another way out that the body be placed in a mausoleum and sealed up. “The wife would consent to it, I think, and the mother hasn’t got anything to say about it anyway.” After further coldblooded discussion, the commission agreed that cremation was out of the question. Whether Oswald’s body was secretly transferred to a mausoleum is not entirely clear from Warren’s closing remarks: “I think the suggestion … is most sensible, and we should try to insist on it.” The debate on Oswald’s remains took place at one of the 11 executive sessions held by the Warren Commission between December 5, 1963, and September 18, 1964. The transcripts were “top secret” until February, 1968, when seven of the transcripts were declassified, in whole or in part, and made available in the National Archives. David S. Lifton, one of the first-generation critics of the Warren Report, has performed a valuable service by publishing the declassified transcripts in a soft-cover book, Document Addendum to the Warren Report, which includes also the complete text of the “Liebeler Memorandum” of September 6, 1964, in which assistant counsel Wesley J. Liebeler assailed the key chapter of the Warren Report \(which argues that Oswald was the including the charge that parts of the chapter were “simply dishonest.” The transcripts of the executive sessions fully support the contention of the WR critics that the commission started its work on the premise that Oswald was the assassin and that it refused to consider any other possibility, doggedly disregarding or manipulating any inimical evidence. The transcripts disclose also the Commission’s obsessive preoccupation with public opinion and press relations, and with purely procedural questions, to the almost total eclipse of the assassination. This The Warren Commission’s Private Life