From Communist Manchuria last week, the U.S. received a thin piece of news: U.S. Consul General Angus Ward was still alive. The Chinese Communists who held him prisoner had permitted him to send out a request for food, clothing and reading matter.

That was all the State Department knew about the humiliating status of the diplomat and four consulate colleagues jailed with him (TIME, Nov. 21). Angrily, President Truman called the whole affair an outrage. Secretary of State Dean Acheson said that the U.S. would not even consider recognition of Communist China...

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