The Press: Daily News from the Front

In the pale dawn on Quemoy Island one day last week, the Red artillery barrage from the mainland just five miles away abruptly ended. On deserted Restoration Road in Quemoy City, the uneasy silence was pierced only by the cough of a diesel engine in the offices of the Cheng Ch'i Chung Hua Jih Pao (Righteous China Daily News), the island's only newspaper. All night long the engine had wheezed, supplying erratic power for the lights by which Chinese compositors handset four tabloid-size pages of type. The little engine rested briefly while a workman slipped the power take-off belt from the...

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