The Press: The Bamboo Curtain Falls

For foreign correspondents, Peiping was once one of the world's most comfortable beats. Life in the walled university city, the base for covering North China, was graceful, unhurried, and for a foreigner with U.S. dollars comparatively cheap. Newsmen came for brief visits and, taken by Peiping's ancient charms, often stayed on for months in Ta Tien Shui Ching Hutung (Big Sweet Water Well Alley), Peiping's correspondents' row.

Like many Peiping intellectuals, some of the 16 correspondents in residence there this winter viewed without alarm the prospect of Communist capture of Peiping. Boss Mao...

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