World: A Flying Symbol

The inexperienced guard turned his back, and in a trice the 6-ft. Finnish prisoner was gone, lost in the foliage of London's Regent's Park. Though an official spokesman insisted "he's not dangerous," all London was alarmed, and telephone switchboards were soon jammed by the tipsters and the fearful. Gawkers flocked to the park by the thousands as the dragnet began to tighten. Radio trucks and prowl cars moved in, and giant searchlights were brought up to illuminate the park at night.

As the chase grew more dramatic, so did the front-page headlines in the...

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