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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 198« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mrs. Oswald.
attorney. I knew it would not stand up. I bought Lee a duffle bag and everything, and Lee went-we told him goodby, and Lee was going to join the Marines.
I had to accept that, gentlemen. There was no other way I could do, but accept the fact to let him go.
Mr. Rankin.
Who was that attorney?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Clem Sehrt.
Mr. Boggs.
What did Mr. Sehrt allegedly tell you?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Boggs.
What did Mr. Sehrt tell you?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Sehrt is a family friend.
Mr. Boggs.
I know Mr. Sehrt very well.
Mrs. Oswald.
He said according to attorney ethics that he would not be able to advise me. Before you came in, sir, I had stated that.
Now, when I get interrupted, I lose this is a big thing for me. I am not making excuses. But, gentlemen, it is awfully hard to do this.
So Lee came home. And he said the captain said that he was too young.
Now, I don't question much. I don't know whether Lee changed his mind, or they sent Lee home. I do not know. I do not question that.
All right.
Lee, at age 16, read Robert's Marine manual back and forth. He knew it by heart. Robert had just gotten out of the Marines, and his manual was home. And Lee started to read communistic material along with that.
Mr. Rankin.
What communistic material did he read?
Mrs. Oswald.
It was a small book that he had gotten out of the library. And I knew he was reading it, Mr. Rankin.
Mr. Rankin.
Was it in Marxism, or what was it about?
Mrs. Oswald.
No--if you are saying the title is Marxism--no, sir, the title was not.
Mr. Rankin.
Was it about communism?
Mrs. Oswald.
It was more about communism. I knew he was reading it. But if we have this material in the public libraries, then certainly it is all right for us to read. And I think we should know about these things, and all of our scholars and educators and high school boys read subversive material, which we call subversive material. So I, as a mother, would not take the book away from him. That is fine. Lee is a reader. I have said from early childhood he liked histories and maps.
So that is fine.
What I am saying now--we are getting to this agent part.
He is with this recruiting officer and he is studying the Marine manual-he knew it back and forth. In fact, he would take the book and have me question some of the things. And he was reading communism.
Lee lived for the time that he would become 17 years old to join the Marine-that whole year.
Mr. Rankin.
What did he do during that time?
Mrs. Oswald.
Mr. Rankin.
What did he do during that year?
Mrs. Oswald.
What did he do during that year? He was working for--as a messenger for Tujaque and Son.
Mr. Rankin.
He had quite a few jobs, did he not?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes. I can explain that to you.
His first job was Tujaque and Son, who was steamship people, and he was a messenger. And then he had a lot of friends. Now, they say Lee didn't have friends. There were boys of his age while he was working he had an opportunity to make friends, coming to my home. And one of the young men knew of a better paying job, where they had coffee breaks and everything, so Lee took that job, which was with a dental laboratory--if you have that information, sir.
And I think that is the only two jobs-no, Lee worked after school for Dolly Shoe Co. I was working there, in charge of the hosiery department, and Lee worked on Friday afternoon and Saturday as a shoe salesman.
That was his first job-while he went to school he worked there.
And then when he left school, as I told you, at age 16--the first job was
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