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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 250« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of J. W. Foster)

Mr. BALL. And that yard is to the north and west of the Texas Book Depository Building?

Mr. Foster.
Well, that whole thing, they have yards all over up there.

Mr. BALL. In what general direction from the Texas School Book Depository Building?
Mr. FOSTER. They have yards to the north, and some to the south of it down below the Terminal.
Mr. Ball.
There are yards south?
Mr. Foster.
They have yards here [indicating].
Mr. Ball.
That is north and west?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
And also south?
Mr. Foster.
That's right.
Mr. Ball.
Now, did you see the President's motorcade come into sight?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Where did you see it? Where was it when you saw it?
Mr. Foster.
When I first saw it it was coming off of Main Street onto Houston.
Mr. Ball.
And did you keep it in sight?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir; it was in sight most of the time.
Mr. Ball.
Now, where were you standing?
Mr. Foster.
Standing along the east curb of---east side of the overpass over Elm Street there. About the south curb.
Mr. Ball.
Over, above the south curb of Elm?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Will you put a mark on there? Mark an "X" where you were standing and write your initials right next to that "X".
J.---what are the initials?
Mr. Foster.
J. W.
Mr. Ball.
J. W. F. That marks where you were standing.
Mr. Foster.
Approximately; yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Did you keep the President's motorcade in sight after it turned?

Mr. FOSTER. Other than watching the men that were standing on the overpass there with me.
Mr. BALL Now, you had instructions to keep all unauthorized personnel off of that overpass?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Did you do that?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Did you permit some people to be there?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Who?
Mr. Foster.
People that were working for the railroad there.
Mr. Ball.
Were there many people?
Mr. Foster.
About 10 or 11.
Mr. Ball.
Where were they standing?
Mr. Foster.
They were standing along the east banister.
Mr. Ball.
The east banister?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir; in front of me.
Mr. BALL. In front of you. Will you make a mark there and show the general area where they were standing?
Mr. Foster.
They were standing along this area here [indicating].
Mr. BALL. You have marked a series of X's to show where about 10 people were standing?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Were you looking toward them?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Did you have another officer with you .there on that duty that day?
Mr. Foster.
Not on that side. He was on the west side.
Mr. Ball.
He was on the west side?
Mr. Foster.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
What was his name?
Mr. Foster.
J. C. White.
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