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    It was the first major public appearance by Mrs. Kennedy since her husband, President John?

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    It was the first major public appearance by Mrs. Kennedy since her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 22 months ago.

    Some 700 persons were on hand at Boston's Symphony Hall for a fund-raising ball fort the famed Boston Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra played at the memorial mass for her husband in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross several months after the President's death.

    Tickets for the ball were sold for 150-dollars each and one-thousand dollars for a box after Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy was named honorary chairman of the event which was considered Boston's most elegant social affair since a dinner for the Prince of Wales in 1860. The ball raised 150-thousand dollars for the orchestra.

    Kleig lights and policemen on horseback highlighted the scene as Mrs. Kennedy made her dramatic entrance on the arm of Mr. Henry B. Cabot, President of the trustees of the Symphony.

    Spectators standing 20 deep about the entrance shouted, "There she is. We love you Mrs. Kennedy. Jackie. Jackie."
    Mrs. Kennedy wore a white satin evening coat and green evening gown. She dance three waltzes played by the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fiedler.

    As she was leaving she said it really was quite a bit of fun. Mrs. Kennedy plans to go into seclusion for several weeks around November 22nd, the anniversary of her husband's death two years ago. After the period of seclusion in November she may get out more into society, a friend confided.

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