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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 16, 1973, Darmstadt, HesseOverseas allowances will be Cut on Jan. 7 by Marchueta a Washington Bureau chief Washington is housing Cost of living and travel per diem allowances for most american servicemen overseas including those in Europe will be Cut Between 1.5 percent and nearly nine per cent Start ing Jan. 1, according to an announcement by the defense depart ment. The cuts Are being made across the Board because of the improved Exchange rates for the biggest reduction of nearly nine per cent will take place in the United kingdom. In West Germany it will amount to 7.4 per cent. In therase of Germany it will also wipe out cola which was authorized income places for the first time Only last is a percentage breakdown in the size of the cuts for selected countries in Western Europe Norway 2.4 per cent Denmark 1.5 United kingdom 8.9 Northern Ireland 5.9 Portugal 4 France Between 5 and 6 Belgium 8 Luxembourg 8 Netherlands 4.8, and Germany 7.4.As a result of Friday s action by the defense department s per diem travel and transportation allowance committee servicemen in Germany will have their second Cut in recent months As a result of a increase in the value of the . Dol Lar. Elsewhere in the world this is the first Cut and the reversal of attend that has been going on in re cent years towards higher allow ances to match the depreciation of the . Dollar. A per diem committee official said the changes affect about 98 per cent of All servicemen stationed abroad. The official could not pre dict the future trend in the Dollar value or resulting changes in allow ances. The authorized unofficial publication for the . Armed forces vol. 32, no. 242 sunday december 16/ 1973 is Dally and sunday if 21855 a Getty freed by kidnappers j. Paul Getty Iii without his right ear enters Rome police Headquarters. A photo from press dispatches Rome the five month mystery of j. Paul Getty Iii ended saturday when he was found alive but without his right ear in a Small Southern italian town after his family paid a reported world record ran som of nearly $3 million for his Freedom. The 17-year-old grandson of the Ameri can Oil billionaire was in Good health de spite the ear operation by his kidnappers and Long transfers through rugged Countryside from one hideout to another. The boy was found shivering in a rain storm and sub freezing temperatures at a gasoline station along the superhighway leading South from Naples to Sicily. I had been standing there for hours try ing to Stop passing cars police quoted him As saying. But nobody would a truck Driver saw the boy wearing a White sweater Gray pants and sneakers As he waved to motorists. I thought it was a trick a Holdup. Then i recalled rumours of Getty being in the area and i called the police the Driver said. I m Paul Getty Captain. Give me a cigarette. Look they be Cut off an ear he told police. The boy was driven to the police station at Lagonegro 125 Miles South of Naples. Three hours later he was reunited with his Mother former actress Gail Harris and they drove Back to Rome. Police said the boy gave scant information on his five months of Captivity. He said he was abducted from Piazza farnese a hangout for hippies and drug pushers in downtown Rome Early in the morning of july 10 after leaving a nightclub. He said his abductors led him through several hideouts in the Countryside. The boy whose hair his mutilated ear said sometimes his Kidnap ers left him without food including the last several Days. I feel bad and what i want is to leave this place without being questioned Paul told police at Lagonegro. He was in the rain for hours and is suf Fering from the cold. He is shivering but clinically i found him to be All right a police doctor said. Every time we started talking of the kidnapping he would burst into tears and his description of the events was too vague said Fernando Masone head of Rome s police flying squad. During the whole trip from Lagonegro to Rome we hardly Ever mentioned his family sources said the Gettys paid a 1.7-billion lire $2.7 million Ransom Down from the kidnappers original request of $6.6 million. The Case developed into a family Brawl As miss Harris assailed the boy s grand father who turned 81 saturday and her divorced husband j. Paul Getty jr., for refusing to pay and for considering the Case a hoax. They both live in Britain. Many in Italy at first did not believe in the kidnapping. A Rome newspaper received a letter containing an ear described As belonging to Paul. A note threatened More mutilations if the Ransom were not paid. The boy s father then made the Ransom Money available. The Grandfather instead has said pay ment of a Ransom would Only prompt kid Napers to abduct his other 14 grand children. After Young Getty was found police offi cers said they believed he had been held by gangsters with mafia affiliations and based on lonely stretches of Southern Italy s coastline. According to this theory the kidnappers were in touch with smugglers who Are supplying Rome and other big italian cities with contraband cigarettes and drugs and were planning to invest part of the Ransom in other big time smuggling operations. Dec tells arabs Oil weapon could backfire by Flora Lewi Copenhagen not the common Market promised a dialogue and cooperation with the arabs in achieving Middle East peace at a top level session Here saturday but warned that the Oil embargo is having a backlash effect on european Public opinion. The Exchange was on the fringe of the Summit meeting of the nine european Community members but it Over shadowed strictly european questions justas the Energy crisis has overshadowed eco nomic and political arabs did not say precisely How they want Europe to help push Israel Back. Algeria s foreign minister Abdelaziz bout Flika said at a news conference con ducted jointly by four Arab ministers that they had asked european leaders can Europe do something or is it impotent before we arrange to have a partner we need to know if it can be did the europeans make any promises although they repeated their nov. 6declaration of support for the Arab interpretation of the 1967 . Resolution on israeli foreign minister k. B. Andersen served As spokesman for the nine in receiving the ministers from Algeria Tunisia Sudan and the United Arab Emi rates saturday morning. Andersen stressed to the arabs that Var ious common Market organizations would study the situation further. It was the first time since the Arab israeli War that the european Community As a group had warned the arabs that their Oil embargo could Boomerang Hurt ing their own and third world economies As Well As those of Europe and driving Western sympathizers against the Arab cause

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