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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1969, Tokyo, Japan tr w I I tl I I I Red China Frees 2 Captives HONG KONG Americans released from more than nine months solitary confinement in Com munist China said Sunday they were suspected as Simeon Laguna and Bessie Hope were captured by Chi nese civil police last 16 with 13 others when they were on a Lunar New Year yachting cruise from Hong Kong to and were not freed until The other 13 were released last April They said Baldwin and Donald were detained longer because they threw their passports into the sea and tried to give a different We were suspected as said an air craft engineering at a press Asked why they adopted what the Chinese called a very dishonest Baldwin obviously as Americans our chances were not very We thought there might be a slight possibility we might get away from After three they knew it was useless for them Continued on Back 3 STAR AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMAND PACIFIC IPES 342 1969 Set in Moscow Russ OK Amity Parley Nixon Sets TV Session WASHINGTON AP The first presidential news confer ence in two and a half months takes place Monday with the outlook apparently dim for any further troop reduc tion in President Nixon seems cer tain to be asked about the pros since troop with and the Vietnam war in general always come up at these broadcast sessions with the But the hope he voiced at one of them on June for pulling more than Americans out by the end of the is turning out to be only a Clark the last Secre tary of Defense in the Johnson had called for the return of by the close of 1969 and the withdrawal of all ground combat troops by the end of Nixons reaction then I would hope that we could beat Cliffords just as I think weve done a lit tle better than he did when he was in charge of our national That goal evidently is beyond reach But the President has been able to reduce troop strength by a little more than the he actually approved at one time and at While a freezing rain turned into a Nixon worked Continued on Back 2 Wrong Santa Claus has been arrested as a draft He was picked up in a Eureka department The FBI says that in side the beard was 22yearold Ronald wanted in Indianapolis on a charge of not showing up for his pre induction BONN UPI The Soviet Union has agreed to a West Ger man proposal to begin talks Monday in Mos cow on mutual of the use of a foreign mini stry spokesman an He said that Soviet am in Semyon informed Georg Ferdinand state secretary in the foreign of his govern ments consent to hold such Conducting the negotiations in Moscow will be West German Ambassador Helmut The Bonn government on 8 had proposed to Moscow to hold talks on mutual renuncia tion of force as part of its diplo matic campaign to bring about an improvement in relations with Communist eastern Eu West Germany recently paved the way for such negotiations by Continued on Back 1 Simeon released by Communist China Hope captured with Baldwin and released talks with newsmen in Hong Kong about at the same phones her relatives in his nine months in At Bessie The two were held as spy AP Freed From Concrete Jungle A Jaguar Changes Its Spots A blonde woman and a spotted jaguar left aboard a cargo plane Sunday for the re mote jungles of South Americas Amazon from the Central Park the is going After she had spent 14 years in a concrete cage at the New York zoo the huge cat was pur chased by Julia Allen Field of The zoo said Rebecca had tenaciously refused to ad just to They said she had attacked a keeper and was the worst ani mal they ever said But Field kept the big cat on the back porch of her bayfront estate in Miamis Co conut Grove section for 10 and Sunday she and Rebecca boarded the transport piane for a flight to a secret destina Shes getting a second chance to Field said of the whose husband is a noted anthropologist and ar first heard about Re becca while visiting a friend last summer in I was at the home of Josephine Murray in Field and she was showing a group of girls a Continued on Back 1 Hawaii Yule Up a Tree HONOLULU UPI Chris mas without Christmas trees Thats the predicament facing thousands of Hawaii The ornaments are presents are wrapped and wait ing to be placed under the but Christmas trees for Hawaii are sitting in the holds of ships in West Coast President Nixon has been to intervene on of the children of A dispute between the Marine Union and shipping companies over crew cutbacks on new containerized ships has tied up 22 ships in San Fran Continued on Bark 5
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