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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1969, Tokyo, Japan *****tr *{w H.I I— tlI 'II3*"I.Red China Frees2 U.S. CaptivesHONG KONG (UPI)—Two Americans released frommore 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 theywere on a Lunar New Year yachting cruise from HongKong to Macao.Baldwin, 57. and Mrs. Donald, 47, were not freeduntil Sunday. The other 13 were released last April 3.They said Baldwin and Mrs. Donald were detained longerbecause they threw their passports into the sea and triedto 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 "avery dishonest attitude," Baldwin said, "obviously asAmericans our chances were not very good. We thoughtthere might be a slight possibility we might get awayfrom it."After three days, they knew it was useless for them(Continued on Back Page, Col. 3)STARAN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATIONFOR THE U.S, ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMANDPACIFICIPESVol. 25, No. 342 Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1969Set in MoscowBonn, Russ OKAmity ParleyNixonSets TVSessionWASHINGTON (AP) — Thefirst presidential news confer-ence in two and a half monthstakes place Monday with theoutlook 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 atthese broadcast sessions withthe press.But the hope he voiced at oneof them on June 19, for pullingmore than 100,000 Americansout by the end of the year, isturning out to be only a hope.Clark Clifford, the last Secre-tary of Defense in the Johnsonadministration, had called forthe return of 100,000 by the closeof 1969 and the withdrawal of allground 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 hewas in charge of our nationaldefense."That goal evidently is beyondreach now. But the Presidenthas been able to reduce troopstrength by a little more thanthe 60,000 he actually approved—25,000 at one time and 35,000at another.While a freezing rain turnedinto a snowstorm, Nixon worked(Continued on Back Page, Col. 2)Wrong Uniform, SantaEUREKA, Calif. (AP)—SantaClaus has been arrested as adraft dodger. He was pickedup in a Eureka departmentstore. The FBI says that in-side the beard was 22-year-oldRonald Frankinburger, wantedin Indianapolis on a charge ofnot showing up for his pre-induction physical.BONN (UPI) — TheSoviet Union hasagreed to a West Ger-man proposal to begintalks Monday in Mos-cow on mutual renun-ciation of the use offorce, a foreign mini-stry spokesman an-nounced Sunday.He said that Soviet am-bassador in Bonn, SemyonTsarapkin, informed GeorgFerdinand Duckwitz, statesecretary in the foreignministry, of his govern-ment's consent to hold suchtalks.Conducting the negotiations inMoscow will be West GermanAmbassador Helmut Allardt.The Bonn government on Nov.8 had proposed to Moscow tohold talks on mutual renuncia-tion of force as part of its diplo-matic campaign to bring aboutan improvement in relationswith 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 JungleA Jaguar Changes Its SpotsMIAMI- (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 theCentral Park Zoo.Rebecca, the jaguar, is goinghome.After she had spent 14 yearsin a concrete cage at the NewYork zoo; the huge cat was pur-chased by Julia Allen Field ofMiami. The zoo said Rebeccahad 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 bigcat on the back porch of herbayfront estate in Miami's Co-conut Grove section for 10 days,and Sunday she and Rebeccaboarded the transport pianefor a flight to a secret destina-tion."She's getting a secondchance 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 friendlast summer in Boston."I was at the home of Dr.Josephine Murray in Boston,"Mrs. Field recalled, "and shewas showing a group of girls a(Continued on Back Page, Col. 1)Hawaii YuleUp a TreeHONOLULU (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 Christmastrees for Hawaii are sitting inthe holds of ships in West Coastports.President Nixon has beenaskeu to intervene "on bshalf ofthe children of Hawaii."A dispute between the MarineFiremen's Union and shippingcompanies over crew cutbackson new containerized ships hastied up 22 ships in San Fran-Continued on Bark Page, Col. 5)