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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 158« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald)

Mrs. Oswald.
Rican, that brought the food in--the first food we had--to go to the drug store and pay for the necessities that Marina and I needed-- really it was for the baby, the lotion and everything. And he came back and the drug store was closed--it was on a Sunday. And so I did know about the $50 bill before this time.
And then when Robert came, I gave Robert the $50 bill and he went downstairs to pay the bill.
Now, the representatives had not paid the bill. Robert used the $50 to pay the bill. The bill was not paid. So we were really stranded. Those men left two women stranded.
Now, let me see if there is anything I have forgotten.
Mr. Rankin.
Where did you put the $50 after the Puerto Rican brought it back?
Mrs. Oswald.
In my uniform pocket, because that was all the clothes I had. I kept it in my pocket.
Mr. Rankin.
When you washed your uniform.
Mrs. Oswald.
I naturally took it out of my pocket to wash my uniform, because I stated I gave Robert the $50 bill to pay the hotel. But that was all the clothes I had. You have to visualize that all of this is really rush business. We are doing all this in a hurry.
So I didn't even put it in my pocketbook. And I would not be the type to put it in my pocketbook, because it is a $50 bill and all the money I have to get out of the hotel--I don't know if I am going to get help--so I want to keep it on my person, just like I keep my important papers right now on my person.
I took it out of my pocket to wash the uniform, I know. This can be proven by the bellhop who brought the food. And he went to the drug store, and the drug store was closed on Sunday. And we did not get the lotion. And I gave him the $50 bill to buy the things with.
Mr. Rankin.
And then after you paid the bill there----
Mrs. Oswald.
Robert paid the bill.
Mr. Rankin.
What happened next?
Mrs. Oswald.
Nothing was said about the bill. I didn't know then that the representatives had not paid the bill. Robert took the $50 and checked us out. Then the Secret Service----
Mr. Dulles.
Could we have the time when you checked out?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes--approximately 11:30 to 12 o'clock, on Sunday.
Mr. Rankin.
Can you tell us the amount of the bill?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes. Since then I have called Robert and Robert said the amount of the bill was 40-some-odd dollars--about $48, I believe. That is what Robert told me. I have no way of knowing, otherwise than what Robert told me.
And I would think so. If I remember correctly the rooms were $17.50. I told you before that they put us in exclusive suites, and two. And the rooms were $17.50. And we had some meals. So that would make it about 40-some-odd dollars.
Mr. Rankin.
And then after Robert checked you out, what happened?
Mrs. Oswald.
Then Robert got in a car with Secret Service, and then Marina and I and Mr. Gregory were in another car, with two Secret Service agents in the front.
Mr. Rankin.
And did you go some place?
Mrs. Oswald.
Here comes me again. They wanted to take us--as soon as we got in the car Mr. Gregory says, "We are taking you to Robert's mother-in-law's house."
Now, they live out of Boyd, Tex, in the country. Boyd, Tex., is a little bit of country town. But they live in a little farm house. They are dairy people Robert's in-laws. And they wanted to take us there, which would have been approximately 45 miles from Dallas.
And I said, "No, you are not taking me out in the sticks, in the country. I want to be in Dallas where I can help Lee."
"Well, for security reasons, this is the best place. Nobody would ever find it."
I said, "Security reasons? You can give security for me in a hotel room in town. I am not going out in this little country town. I want to be in Dallas where I can help Lee."
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