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    ON THE FOURTH DAY OF HER TOUR OF INDIA, MRS. JACQUELINE KENNEDY, WIFE OF THE?

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    ON THE FOURTH DAY OF HER TOUR OF INDIA, MRS. JACQUELINE KENNEDY, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TRAVELLED BY AIR CONDITIONED TRAIN FROM DELHI TO AGRA, TO SEE THE TAJ MAHAL, THE MAGNIFICENT MARBLE TOMB ERECTED 300 YEARS AGO.

    THE JOURNEY WAS BROKEN AT FATEHPUR SIKRI, 23 MILES FROM AGRA, THE SITE OF A DESERTED CITY BUILT IN THE 16TH CENTURY, BUT ABANDONED BECAUSE OF LACK OF WATER. THERE, PROTECTED BY THE SHADE OF AN UMBRELLA, SHE TOURED THE RUINS AND WATCHED AS SOME YOUTHS DIVED OFF THE 30 FEET HIGH BATTLEMENTS INTO A WELL 30 FEET DEEP.

    AMONG THE PARTY ACCOMPANYING MRS. KENNEDY WAS HER SISTER, PRINCESS LEE RADZIWILL, AND PROFESSOR GALBRAITH, THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR. FROM THE RUINED CITY, THEY RETURNED TO THE TRAIN, TO TRAVEL TO AGRA, IN THE PRESIDENT'S COACH, WHICH ONCE CARRIED BRITISH VICEROYS.

    TO ENSURE THE TAJ MAHAL WAS LOOKING ITS BEST, 500 WORKMEN HAD BEEN AT WORK FOR A WEEK SCRUBBING ITS GREAT WHITE MARBLE DOME AND TENDING THE FAMOUS GARDENS. THEIR WORK WAS AMPLY REWARDED AS THE VISITOR PAID TWO VISITS - THE FIRST JUST BEFORE SUNSET, AND THE SECOND BY MOONLIGHT.

    AFTER HER FIRST VISIT, MRS. KENNEDY'S CAR WAS MOBBED BY SURGING CROWDS AND POLICE HAD TO CLEAR A WAY THROUGH. ON THE SECOND VISIT, TO ENSURE THAT NOTHING SHOULD SPOIL THE IMPRESSION FOR THEIR VISITOR, INSECTICIDE WAS PUT IN THE FOUNTAINS OF THE GARDENS.

    IN THE TAJ MAHAL CRYPT, MRS. KENNEDY SAW THE TOMBS OF EMPEROR SHAH JEHAN, WHO BUILT IT, AND HIS WIFE, MUMTAZ MAHAL. SHE WAS CLEARLY IMPRESSED WITH ALL SHE SAW. PROFESSOR GALBRAITH SAID LATER MRS. KENNEDY SAID SHE HAD BEEN FILLED WITH AWE.

    FROM AGRA, THE PARTY CONTINUED BY TRAIN FOR THE HINDU HOLY CITY OF BENARES IN EASTERN INDIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HRW2OZTH3F2YLGQQWHU3QTKH
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HRW2OZTH3F2YLGQQWHU3QTKH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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