Lewis Gegner, 58, the integration-embattled barber, spoke in almost solemn tone as he made that statement yesterday.
His modern, two-chair barbershop on downtown Xenia Ave. has been closed since Mar. 14, a Saturday afternoon when the street outside was the scene of a massive demonstration against his refusal to cut Negroes' hair.
POLICE FROM Greene and adjoining counties arrested 108 people on charges of violating a Common Pleas court injunction against the protest action.
Gegner also announced yesterday:
ONE-"I can only carry my appeal through the Ohio Supreme court. Thai's as far as I can afford to go. "I would take the issue to the U.S. Supreme court only if barbers, or other persons interested in my cause, want to back me."
TWO-He has no plans to return to barbering, his profession for 38 years.
THREE ---He's still looking for a job - "most anything except barbering." He's made several applications and expects to get one soon.
FOUR -He has no plans to move from Yellow Springs "at the present time."
Gegner's appeal to the Ohio Supreme court, filed early in March, is from an Ohio Civil Rights commission order to the barber to cut Negroes' hair. The order is under the state's public accommodations law. GEGNER CLAIMS he does not know how to cut Negroes' hair. His appeal to the state Supreme court, filed by his attorney, Harry Kyle of Xenia, declared: "By what right may one man demand that another do some thing which is beyond his skill or
Turn to GEGNER'S, Pg. 28, Col. 1