Pacific Stars And Stripes, December 9, 1969

Pacific Stars And Stripes

December 09, 1969

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1969, Tokyo, Japan** ** * tr *{w H. I I— tl I 'I I3* "I. Red China Frees 2 U.S. Captives HONG KONG (UPI)—Two Americans released from more than nine months' solitary confinement in Com- munist China said Sunday they were suspected as spies. Simeon Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Bessie Hope Donald, Bristol, Va., were captured by Chi- nese civil police last Feb. 16 with 13 others when they were on a Lunar New Year yachting cruise from Hong Kong to Macao. Baldwin, 57. and Mrs. Donald, 47, were not freed until Sunday. The other 13 were released last April 3. They said Baldwin and Mrs. Donald were detained longer because they threw their passports into the sea and tried to give a different nationality. "We were suspected as spies," said Baldwin, an air- craft engineering executive, at a press conference. Asked why they adopted what the Chinese called "a very dishonest attitude," Baldwin said, "obviously as Americans our chances were not very good. We thought there might be a slight possibility we might get away from it." After three days, they knew it was useless for them(Continued on Back Page, Col. 3) STAR AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE U.S, ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMAND PACIFIC IPES Vol. 25, No. 342 Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1969 Set in Moscow Bonn, Russ OK Amity Parley Nixon Sets TV Session WASHINGTON (AP) — Thefirst presidential news confer- ence in two and a half monthstakes place Monday with the outlook apparently dim for anyimmediate, further troop reduc- tion in Vietnam.President Nixon seems cer- tain to be asked about the pros-pects, though, since troop with- drawals and the Vietnam war ingeneral always come up at these broadcast sessions withthe press. But the hope he voiced at oneof them on June 19, for pulling more than 100,000 Americans out by the end of the year, isturning out to be only a hope. Clark Clifford, the last Secre-tary of Defense in the Johnson administration, had called for the return of 100,000 by the closeof 1969 and the withdrawal of all ground combat troops by theend of 1970. Nixon's reaction then: "I would hope that we couldbeat Mr. Clifford's timetable, just as I think we've done a lit-tle better than he did when he was in charge of our national defense."That goal evidently is beyond reach now. But the Presidenthas been able to reduce troop strength by a little more thanthe 60,000 he actually approved —25,000 at one time and 35,000 at another.While a freezing rain turned into a snowstorm, Nixon worked (Continued on Back Page, Col. 2) Wrong Uniform, Santa EUREKA, Calif. (AP)—SantaClaus has been arrested as a draft dodger. He was pickedup in a Eureka department store. The FBI says that in-side the beard was 22-year-old Ronald Frankinburger, wanted in Indianapolis on a charge ofnot showing up for his pre- induction physical. BONN (UPI) — The Soviet Union has agreed to a West Ger- man proposal to begin talks Monday in Mos- cow on mutual renun- ciation of the use of force, a foreign mini- stry spokesman an- nounced Sunday. He said that Soviet am- bassador in Bonn, Semyon Tsarapkin, informed Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, statesecretary in the foreign ministry, of his govern- ment's consent to hold such talks. Conducting the negotiations inMoscow will be West German Ambassador Helmut Allardt. The Bonn government on Nov.8 had proposed to Moscow to hold talks on mutual renuncia-tion of force as part of its diplo- matic campaign to bring aboutan improvement in relations with Communist eastern Eu-rope. West Germany recently pavedthe way for such negotiations by (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1) Simeon Baldwin, released by Communist China Hope Donald, captured with Baldwin and releasedSunday, talks with newsmen in Hong Kong about at the same time, phones her relatives in Bristol, his nine months in captivity. At right, Mrs. Bessie Va. The two were held as spy suspects. (AP) Freed From Concrete Jungle A Jaguar Changes Its Spots MIAMI- (AP) — A frail,blonde woman and a 200-pound, spotted jaguar left aboard acargo plane Sunday for the re- mote jungles of South America'sAmazon Valley—far from the Central Park Zoo.Rebecca, the jaguar, is going home.After she had spent 14 years in a concrete cage at the NewYork zoo ; the huge cat was pur-chased by Julia Allen Field of Miami. The zoo said Rebecca had tenaciously refused to ad-just to captivity. "They said she had attacked akeeper and was the worst ani- mal they ever had," said Mrs. Field.But Mrs. Field kept the big cat on the back porch of her bayfront estate in Miami's Co-conut Grove section for 10 days, and Sunday she and Rebeccaboarded the transport piane for a flight to a secret destina- tion. "She's getting a second chance to live," Mrs. Field saidof the jaguar. Mrs. Field, whose husband isa noted anthropologist and ar- chaeologist, first heard about Re-becca while visiting a friend last summer in Boston. "I was at the home of Dr.Josephine Murray in Boston," Mrs. Field recalled, "and she was showing a group of girls a (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1) Hawaii Yule Up a Tree HONOLULU (UPI) — Chrismas without Christmas trees? That's the predicament facingthousands of Hawaii residents. The ornaments are ready,presents are wrapped and wait- ing to be placed under thebranches, but 130,000 Christmas trees for Hawaii are sitting inthe holds of ships in West Coast ports. President Nixon has beenaskeu to intervene "on bshalf of the children of Hawaii." A dispute between the MarineFiremen's Union and shipping companies over crew cutbackson new containerized ships has tied up 22 ships in San Fran- Continued on Bark Page, Col. 5) ;

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