FORMOSA: The Taipei Railroad

When Lei Chen, 63, publisher of Formosa's wistfully ineffective opposition Free China Fortnightly, in August announced plans to start a China Democratic Party to give the Kuomintang its first real opposition (TIME, Sept. 19), the authorities apparently decided to arrest him first on sedition charges and then see what proof they could find. They also arrested his business manager, Ma Chih-su, 38, and his former accountant and secretary, quiet, moody Liu Tzu-ying, 54. Without waiting for the trial, the government's Central Daily News laid out the government's case. Secretary Liu had confessed, reported the News, that before...

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