OSSINING, N.Y., June 19, 1953 (UP) - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg had just completed a 90-minute visit and were at lunch today when word came over the prison radio that the Supreme Court had refused to spare them from death in Sing Sing Prison's electric ch Ossining Chief of Police Spencer Purdy blocked off the main access road to the prison immediately after receiving news that the Rosenbergs' stay had been canceled.
All persons were screened by police before being passed through the barricade about three quarters of a mile from the prison gates.
Purdy said he had no word that any demonstrators planned to come to the prison, but said none would be permitted to pass his roadblock if they arrived.
Rosenberg and his wife met in the women's wing of the death house at 10 a.m. this morning. They talked, separated by a wire mesh screen, perhaps about what action the court would take. They had gone back to their separate cells when the news came shortly after noon that the court had turned them down. Attendants said neither showed any emotion.
For lunch, they had fish with tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, string beans, salad, jello and coffee, the regular prison fare. However, now that there is no apparent bar to their execution they may request any food they desire.
They had no visitors up to noon today, but there was a request that the couple's two young sons might be brought here this afternoon for a final visit.
In their roles of condemned persons, they may have as many visitors today as they wish. Also they may visit with each other up until within two hours of the time they die, although they still will continue to be separated by the wire screen.
The couple had asked for the meeting this morning.