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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 707« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Alwyn Cole)

Mr. Cole.
intersection affects chiefly the left side of the letter "u" of the word "signature." In other words, a part of the opaquing medium affected that particular letter and this imperfection is also shown in the final photographic print which is the reverse of Commission's Exhibit No. 806.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Now, I hand you Commission Exhibit No. 810, Mr. Cole. Is this a side4ight photograph you took of the reverse side of Hidell certificate of service, that is, Commission Exhibit No. 806,
Mr. Cole.
Yes; it is.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Did you find any traces of a signature or letters in the box for signature of individual ?
Mr. Cole.
I did find some indentations in that area.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Could you describe to us what you believe those indentations might represent?
Mr. Cole.
Yes, sir; just below the printed word "of" in the line "signature of individual," there are two vertical indentations which fill about three-fourths of the space available, and there is a diagonal mark slanting from the base of the left vertical to about the midpoint of the right vertical, the total effect being of a printed letter "H," capital "H." I also observe just below the second "i" of the printed word "individual" a vertical indentation and just below the third "i" of the word "individual" another vertical indentation. These could be the vertical parts of "d's" or "l's." However, with respect to mention of the letter "d', I do not observe any corresponding oval or circular part of that letter which would be required for a printed form.
Mr. Eisenberg.
You mean a hand-printed form?
Mr. Cole.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Are those indentations visible to the naked eye on the card itself?
Mr. Cole.
Yes, they are, if the card is held in a special way so that the light strikes the card at an angle.
Mr. Eisenberg.
How do you think those indentations might have been caused, Mr. Cole?
Mr. Cole.
They could have been made by any sharp instrument, for example, by a ballpoint pen which was not delivering ink at this particular time, or by a styIus4ike instrument such as those that are used in preparing mimeograph forms, or even by a toothpick.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Now, returning for a moment to the face of Commission Exhibit No. 795, in your previous testimony, as I recall it, you stated that while you could not make out precisely the signature of the member or clerk of local board, it appeared to be the name Good Hoffer, is that correct ?
Mr. Cole.
That is correct.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Now, did that appear to be one word or two words ?
Mr. Cole.
It appears to me to be two words or two names, capital G-o-o-d, and then the name capital H-o-f-f-e-r.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Now how did that compare to the signature of the member or clerk of local board on Commission Exhibit No. 801, the Oswald notice of classification ?
Mr. Cole.
Well, it is not the same name but it has some parts which correspond, namely, the letter "f." That is, there are obviously two hand-written letters "f" in the last name of member or clerk of local board on Exhibit No. 801, and we also have a representation of hand-written letters "f" in about the same position on Commission Exhibit No. 795.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Off the record.

(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Eisenberg.
On the record. Do you have any further observations on the comparison of the two names on the two cards, Mr. Cole?
Mr. Cole.
Yes; I would say that a possible interpretation of the name on the original card, Exhibit No. 801, would be that it begins with either a capital "E" or a capital "G." There is a very small circular form following that which does not appear to form any intelligible name when linked with the first capital letter. However, the last name suggests to me that it might be the name Schiffen, S-c-h-i-f-f-e-n.
Now, I consider it quite possible that a person looking at this name, which
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