A short, chunky man with a crew haircut and the face of an Oriental John Garfield walked into butter-colored Gia-Long Palace in Saigon one morning last week and handed to Premier Tran Van Huu a letter bearing the imperial seal of Bao Dai. The letter bluntly deposed Huu and named the bearer, 57-year-old Nguyen Van Tarn, as new Premier of embattled Indo-China.

"This is a sudden blow," muttered Huu, who had been Premier for two of the three years that the Vietnamese have had a conditioned independence from the French. But he obligingly...

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