BURMA: He Failed to Smile

In Rangoon last week, ailing, 53-year-old Burma Surgeon Gordon S. Seagrave, dressed in a blue double-breasted suit, sat in the prisoner's dock. He listened attentively, as Assistant Attorney General U Chan Tun Aung droned through a three-count indictment, accused Seagrave of committing high treason by aiding and comforting the rebel Captain Naw Seng in his war against the government.

Prosecutor Aung reviewed events leading to Dr. Seagrave's Aug. 15 arrest at his Baptist missionary hospital in the foothills near the China-Burma border. The assistant attorney general told how Captain Naw Seng,...