Above is the headline of the article in
The Washington Post of February 14, 1963,
on the sit-in and arrests.

The text of the article reads: "Fifteen Georgetown University students were arrested early yesterday after refusing to leave the Gateway Diner, 1606 Ft. Myer dr., Arlington, when the night manager declined to serve a Negro student and ordered the group out, County police reported.

"The students appeared in Arlington County Court yesterday and, by agreement of both attorneys, the case was continued to March 14. All were released on $100 bond each.

"Arlington police said the students entered the restaurant about 1 a.m. The night manager identified by police as Luther Schlflette, said he would not serve the Negro, St. Claire Bourne, 19, of 1931 19th st, nw, and asked the students to leave. They refused and police were summoned.

"All fifteen were charged with trespassing under Virginia law.

"W.C. Gray, owner of the diner, said yesterday's incident was a repeat of one Monday night. That time, he said, students left after being warned they were subject to arrest under the trespassing law.

"Gray said yesterday his restaurant had a segregated policy.

"The students charged were: Philip D. Bogetter, 20, of 4800 V st., nw; John L. Brady, 21, of 3519 Prospect st., nw; William T. Clark, 21, of 2016 N. Adams st., Arlington; Peter S. Collins, 21, of S. Orange, N.J.; John P. Connelly, 21, of 3401 Prospect st., nw; and William C. Eidenmuller, 22, of 1220 N. Scott st., Arlington.

"Also, Kenneth C. Ebbitt, 21, of 3120 R st., nw; Thomas S. McDonald, 19, of 1220 N. Scott st., Arlington; Robert E. McHugh, 21, of 3249 N st., nw; Theodore J. Padden, 21, of 3401 Prospect st., nw; Charles R. Pucie, Jr., 19, of 1410 N. Rhodes st., Arlington; Dennis P. Schuler, 21, of 3401 Prospect st., nw; Ronald S. Stepien, 21, of Georgetown University; Dirk W. Van Dongen, 21, of 1410 N. Rhodes st., Arlington, and Bourne."


The following month, on March 15, there was a follow-up article:

"Trespass Case Is Postponed

"Attorneys in a case involving 15 Georgetown University students charged with trespassing during an Arlington sit-in demonstration agreed to continue the case Dec. 2, hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court by then will have decided several similar cases before it.

"Commonwealth's Attorney William J. Hassan emphasized that the delay was "no moratorium." When a citizen invokes the law of trespass and swears out a warrant, he said, the case will be prosecuted."


A Current Picture of St. Clair C. Bourn
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