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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 21, 1969, Tokyo, Japan                              II CSITITJ T DP Gin 1 JT Ju OAN AUTHORIZED PUBLICATION OF THEU.S. ARMED FORCES IN THE FAR EASTVol. 25, No. 79ANGUILLA (AP) —The British lion—-sub-duing a mouse thatroared—took control ofAnguiSIa Wednesday.Nullifying the islanders'claims to independence,troops made a bloodless in-vasion of this Caribbeanisland and installed a com-missioner to rule in thename of Queen ElizabethII.A task force of paratroopers,marines and Scotland Yard po-lice, believed to number 315men, landed from warship:., andhelicopters at dawn in an oper-ation the British governmenttermed Calypso.Dispatches from London saidpeople there were calling it aBay of Piglets.Riflemen in scarlet berets ofLONDON (UP!)—The LondonEvening News Wednesday head-lines its report of the Anguillainvasion with "I Sav, Chaos, theNatives Arc Friendly."the Red Devil Parachute Regi-ment fanned across the island tocheck identifications of the 6,000or so people — largely of Afri-can descent — and hunted forweapons.The islanders were warned atgunpoint to stay near theirhomes.Weeping in some cases, theyheeded the orders.Bitterness was reflected, how-ever, in occasional chants for"black freedom,"A g r o u p of young girlsshouted:"White is no good. We want ablack leader for black people."Acting President Ronald Web-(Continued on Back Page, Col. 5)Friday, March 21, 1969ws to the Queen' *'-'" * vt"' ''• • ^^ ''•"r("^'-'BRITISH TROOPS, SUPPLIES LAND ON REBEL CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ANGUILLA. (AP)Peru Seizes U.S. Boats; D.C. in UproarLIMA, Peru (AP)—The Peru-vian Navy seized two Americantuna boats about 23 miles offPeru's northern coastline Wed-nesday and freed them afterforcing their captains to paystiff fines.The latest episode stirredangry calls in Washington forreprisals and could worsen al-ready deteriorating U.S.-Peru-vian relations.Seized by a Peruvian torpedoboat were the San Diego-basedCape Anne and the San Juan.The San Juan hud been shot upby a Peruvian torpedo boat ina skirmish last month.Taken into the port of Talara,700 miles north of Lima, thecaptain of the San Juan wasforced to pay a $17,000 fine forillegal fishing while the CapeAnne was hit for an $K,0()0penalty, U.S. Embassy officialssaid.After the fines were paid, thevessels were allowed to leave,In San Diego, A u gustFelando, general manager ofthe American Tuna Boat Asso-ciation, said that Capt. JohnVirissimo, skipper of the SanJuan, had reported the seizuresby radio. He said Virissimomessaged that a Peruvian war-ship bearing the number "22"intercepted the two boats about23 miles northwest of Punta Sol,Peru, and escorted them to thePeruvian port of Talara.Initial reports reaching Limafrom northern Peru through in-dependent channels said onlythe San Juan had been captured.The Peruvian Navy Ministryin Lima said it had no informationof any kind on the incident ex-cept the news dispatch fromWashington. It said it was at-tempting to check with navalauthorities in the north.Announcement of the new en-counter on what is regarded bythe United States as internation-al waters cast a spell of gloomover the U.S. Embassy.Peru claims a territorial wa-(CunUnued on Buck Page, Col. 4)WASHINGTON (AP)—Secretary of DefenseMelvin R. Laird, in hisfirst budget presenta-tion to Congress, an-nounced Wednesdayhe is dropping plans ofboosting military payan additional $1.2 bil-lion this year.The revised program ofmilitary pay will not affectthe $1.8 billion pay hikethat will take place in July,Laird told the Senate Arm-^d Services Committee. Thatpreviously approved legisla-tion will give servicemen a12 to 14 per cent hike.But because of budgetarypressures, he added in his pre-pared report for the closed-doorpresentation of the annual "de-fense posture" statement, fu-ture pay hikes are being re-ex-amined.The additional pay raise wasdesigned originally as the firststep in the Nixon administra-tion's plan to establish an all-voluntary military force,In dropping the idea of anover-all $3 billion increase(Continued on Back Page, Col. 1)No Vief CutIn TroopsYef-LairdWASHINGTON (UPI) —De-fense Secretary Melvin 11. Lairdtestified Wednesday that U. S,commanders in South Vietnamsee no way under presentconditions for any Americantroops to be withdrawn untilHanoi pulls out its forces.Laird called for additionalfunds for accelerating thetraining and equipping of SouthVietnamese forces to the pointwhere the South Vietnamesecan replace Americans and "towork toward a situation inwhich U. S. forces can in factbe withdrawn in .substantialnumbers,"Under the present moderniza-tion, program for the SouthVietnamese Army, he conti-nued, Saigon forces would becapable of defending onlyagainst Viet Cong guerrillas,and not strong enough to copewith North Vietnamese regu-lars.Laird, meeting with reportersafter two hours in a closedSenate hearing, would not saywhether ho supported thegenerals' over-all assessment,(Continued on Buck Page, Col. 1)Lot to Store Spaghetti?NEW YORK 
                            

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