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U.S. Marshal, Injured in Mississippi Rioting, Blames Students

Oct. 6, 1962 - A United States deputy marshal, back home in San Francisco from the University of Mississippi, placed major blame for the riot at Oxford, Miss., on the students. Alexander F. Koenig, nursing a battered leg partly encased in a cast, and two other deputy marshals returned today from temporary duty at the university. Mr. Koenig said that not enough blame had been placed upon the students. “They were the first to start the riot,” he said. “The students ranged in age from 17 to 22. These boys threw everything they could lay their hands on. One of the worst things we had to take was soft-drink bottles filled with acid from the college chemistry laboratories,” he said. Mr. Koenig was among 400 marshals called to duty in the James H. Meredith case.


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