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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 398« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Miss Doris Burns)

Mr. Ball.
Miss BURNS. In the Texas School Book Depository Building on the third floor.
Mr. Ball.
Call you tell me something about yourself, where you were born and what your education is, and what your business occupation has been.
Miss BURNS. Well, I was born in Tyler, Tex., and I graduated from high school here in Dallas and I worked many years for lawyers here.
Mr. Ball.
What kind of work?
Miss BURNS. Well, I was just a legal secretary and worked for Vanette Hosiery Mills, secretary to the president. They are not here any more, I don't think. After that I worked for a geologist.
Mr. Ball.
Most of your work has been secretarial, has it?
Miss BURNS. Yes, but at Macmillan I mostly compose my own letters.
Mr. Ball.
When did you go to work for Macmillan?
Miss BURNS. April 19, 1955. Am I too fast?
Mr. Ball.
She can write as fast as you talk.
Miss BURNS. That's wonderful.
Mr. Ball.
Go right ahead.
Miss BURNS. Let's see, I've forgotten what else you wanted to know.
Mr. Ball.
Well, first of all, you went to work in 1955?
Miss BURNS. Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Where is the office of the Macmillan Co.?
Miss BURNS. Well, at that time it was on Ross and Akard; now----
Mr. Ball.
Where was it in November 1963?
Miss BURNS. At Elm and Houston.
Mr. Ball.
What part of the building?
Miss BURNS. On the third floor, room 301.
Mr. Ball.
Are there any windows in those offices?
Miss BURNS. Yes; they have some windows; they face the west, I guess you would say. They don't overlook the route of the President's--
Mr. Ball.
Do they or do they not overlook Elm Street?
Miss BURNS. They do not overlook Elm Street.
Mr. Ball.
They overlook the railroad Yards, do they?
Miss BURNS. That is right.
Mr. Ball.
On November 22d, what were you doing that day?
Miss BURNS. I was listening to the radio as I worked.
Mr. Ball.
About noon, did you go to lunch?

Miss BURNS. Well, I had lunch at the office and then I didn't intend to go see the President, didn't have any desire to but I left about--I don't remember the exact time but, anyway, when I left they said on the radio that he that the motorcade was coming up, I believe it was Cedar Springs; anyway, he hadn't been away from the airport long and that he was going about 5 miles an hour so everybody could see him. Well, thinking he was going that slowly, I thought I had plenty of time, so I walked up to Sanger's
Mr. Ball.
To where?
Miss BURNS. Sanger's.
Mr. Ball.
Where is that?
Miss BURNS. It's about four blocks up Elm Street.
Mr. Ball.
Which way on Elm---east?
Miss BURNS. East; you see, we are down at the extreme west end of the street; nothing else down there.
Mr. Ball.
Then what happened?
Mr. Burns.
I bought some Kleenex and came back, and everybody was out on the steps to look, but I didn't stop. I went on back to the office.
Mr. Ball.
That is the third floor?
Miss BURNS. Yes.
Mr. Ball.
Was anybody in the office?
Miss BURNS. Yes; Mrs. Case hadn't ever gone out. She was there. I believe she was the only one.
Mr. Ball.
What did you do?

Miss BURNS. I listened to the radio, and by that time they said that he was on Main and turning at Houston or Main by the courthouse, so since he was that
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