The group was solemn during the two-block walk to the AEC building. On arriving at the police barricade, the demonstrators tried politely to pass through the line of policemen. The police, apparently under orders to avoid using or provoking force, made no great effort to prevent the protestors from reaching the building's door, and within a few minutes the entire group was sitting on the sidewalk effectively blocking the entrance.

"I'm a Playboy"
The day's only violence occurred when a man in a black coat and hat attempted to bodily drag several of the sitters away from the door. Asked whether he was a member of the police force, he replied: "No, I'm a playboy." Pressed further, he snarled: "I don't have to tell you a goddam thing!" Before long, meeting no opposition, he gave up and vanished.

A number of people apparently employed in the AEC building were seen looking out of windows and peering through the glass entrance doors at the demonstrators who, when a soaking rain began to fall, borrowed placards from the continuing picket line to use as umbrellas. But few persons were seen entering or leaving. A police officer explained that there was another entrance around the corner, but that employees had been instructed to eat lunch at their desks on the day of the demonstration.

Coffee-house Cassius. In one of the most bizarre triumphs since P.T. Barnum had two of his midgets ceremonially married at Greenwich Village's Grace Episcopal Church, in the middle of the 19th century, the fight game's answer to Cyrano de Bergerac held forth last Thursday in an improbable high-noon poetry reading at the Bitter End coffee house on Bleecker. The reading was in preparation for his bout with Doug Jones this week. Here, Mr. Clay produces a mob scene upon leaving the event. (Mar. 1963)
photo: Fred W. McDarrah
Coffee-house Cassius. In one of the most bizarre triumphs since P.T. Barnum had two of his midgets ceremonially married at Greenwich Village's Grace Episcopal Church, in the middle of the 19th century, the fight game's answer to Cyrano de Bergerac held forth last Thursday in an improbable high-noon poetry reading at the Bitter End coffee house on Bleecker. The reading was in preparation for his bout with Doug Jones this week. Here, Mr. Clay produces a mob scene upon leaving the event. (Mar. 1963)

Later in the afternoon one demonstrator, Michael Graine, was arrested on a charge of "simple assault" and taken to the 4 th Precinct station. According to Julian Beck, this occurred when the door of the AEC opened from the inside and Graine attempted to enter the building. As The Voice went to press, Graine was scheduled to appear at Tuesday night court.

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