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December 11, 1963

Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 3

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1963 5 4 Americans 115 Hostages Held In One Small Room ORURO, Bolivia (AP) — The four Americans and 11 other hostages hold by rebellious Bolivian lin miners are crammed each night into one room 18 by 12 feel and sleep on the floor without mattresses. They all appear in good health but seem understandably concerned and annoyed at their unexpected imprisonment, now in its fifth day. The hostages were inter viewed by newsmen a! nearby Catavi Tuesday for the first time since they were taken prisoner Friday in retailiation for the Rovornmenl's arrest of two Communist labor leaders, Irineo Pinientel and Federico Esco bar. Under a close guard, the newsmen were led into two small rooms al the headquarters of the mine union and met the hostages, who also include West Germany, a Dutchman and nine Bolivian leelmieians. Thomas .Martin, 21, of New York, a U.S. Information serv ice olficer, said he and the other Americans were arrested after a dinner Friday night at the home of Cornelius Bloot, iJiilch mine manager. "We jusl want to lie set free," said .Michael A. Kruslula of Cadillac, Mich., information chief for the Alliance for Progress in Bolivia. Robert Fergerstrom of Honolulu, a Peace Corps volunteer, said ;ill the hostages were well, Bernard Rifkin, 52, of Mont clair, N.J., a U.S. labor officer, is I he fourth American. Newsmen asked Bolivian Vice President Juan l^echin, the min­ d's' leader, why I he hostages were not being kept at the mine's comfortable guest house. He replied union headquarters provided belter security. Loehin gave no indication when the hostages might be released. THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS Assassin's Wife Liked President DALLAS (AP) - The housewife who sheltered the family of President Kennedy's accused assassin says Marina Oswald was a great admirer of the nation's chief executive. Mrs. Ruth Paine, who took Russian-born Mrs. I.iec Harvey Oswald into her homo at nearby Irving for two months, told about the Oswalds' family life in an interview Tuesday with newsman Wes Wise of Dallas station KRLD-TV. On the day of the assassination, Mrs. Paine said she arose before Mrs. Oswald and her children, turned on the television set so they could watch Kennedy's arrival, and took her own young daughter to the dentist. "I left the television on lor Marina," Mrs. Paine said, "because I knew of the great admiration she had for the President." Before the day ended Oswald was arrested and charged with killing both Kennedy and Policeman J.D. Tippit. 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