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ge 8-Sataurday, January 10, 1981-The Michigan Daily
J.S. team gets new
nessages from Iran
kLGIERS, Algeria (UPI)-The U.S. A Treasury Department spokesman,
.m negotiating for the release-of the asked about the same rumors, said:
American hostages received an "That's not the type of thing we would
expected flurry of new messages comment on."
m Iran yesterday and abruptly post-
ned its departure for Washington. Diplomatic sources in Algiers said
the new messages from Iran contained
While the contents were not requests for more clarifications of the
elosed, the fact that messages were concessions the United States has of-
ing exchanged' at a hectic pace fered Iran to free the hostages before
spite the Moslem sabbath lent a new the Carter Administration leaves office
r of drama to the negotiations to free Jan. 20.
e hostages held for 433 days.
On White House orders, Deputy
A wave of rumors that the United Secretary of State Warren Christopher
ates has or was about to transfer as delayed the departure of his negotiating
uch as $10 billion in escrow to Algeria team to study and respond to the
so fueled speculation that a break in requests, the sources said.
e hostage crisis might be imminent.
Algerian go-betweens relayed
However, a State Department several messages to and from Tehran
okesman in Washington said he had as Christopher consulted with
o information" to confirm or deny Washington, the sources said.
e rumors circulating in financial At issue was still the question of how
arkets in London and Toronto. much money the United States would
Ve've heard these rumors. I have no pay Iran to free the hostages and the
nfirmation," the spokesman said. mechanics of paying it.
aramedics wait
utside as man dies


HICAGO (AP)-The Fire Depar-
ent is investigating two paramedics
o insisted on waiting 'for a police
cort before they would enter a
ising project, where a man was
icken with a heart attack.
Dr. Robert Stein, the county medical
aminer, said yesterday that an
topsy showed Calvin Graves, 60, suf-
-ed a massive heart attack and died
nost instantly Wednesday afternoon.
But a black leader says it was sheer
wardice for the paramedics to refuse
enter the building without police
>tection. Residents complained that
e paramedics, a man and a woman
io were not identified, waited in their
abulance 15 to 20 minutes for polic,
oring repeated pleas to go to the
hth-floor and aid Graves.,
t they are abused, assaulted, and
>t at when they try to enter Chicago
using.Authority projects.
Both the Chicago Fire Fighters Union
d some paramedics defended the

paramedics involved and said thei
safety frequently is jeopardized when
they go to the projects or othe
dangerous areas.
Michael Mullen, a paramedic in th
same West Side neighborhood wher
Graves lived, said project resident
"throw things at you. They shoot at yo
and they threaten you.. . You don't g
into a housing project past 4 or 5 p.m
unless you're crazy."
Side paramedic, said verbal an
physical abuse are common on the job
and not just in projects. "I've had m
ribs broken. I've had my thumbs prac
tically bitten off. And I've bee
assaulted a number of times," Neme
Nemec said paramedics frequentl
are dispatchedto homes where peopl
don't, need emergency help. "The
think we're a taxicab system. They ca
us for flu.. . or toothaches.'
Larry Matkaitis, a paramedic and
board member of the firefighters union
said there were 40 paramedic assault
reported in 1980. The paramedics in
volved in Wednesday's incident
Matkaitis said, followed a Fire Depar
tment directive that says paramedic,
can request a police. escort 'if they fee


Nursing home disaster
Firefighters attempt to control a blaze which broke out early yesterday morning at the Beachview Nursing Home in Keansburg, N.J. Of-
ficials estimate the fire caused at leas(20 deaths.

Ar Pnoto


Biographer: Jiang not guilty

A NEW YORK (AP)-The American
d biographer of Jiang Qing says she
- believes Mao Tse-tung's widow has
y been falsely accused by her political
- enemies of having conspired to take
n over as China's supreme leader after
c her husband died. .
Writer Roxane Witke said, however,
y she thinks Jiang Qing and her co-
e defendants in Peking's "Gang of Four"
y trial were responsible for persecuting
11 "thousands if not millions of people."
And she believes Jiang Qing would
a welcome becoming a "martyr"
n, through execution.
s Miss Witke, author of "Comrade
n- Chiang Ching," said the reason Chair-
t, man Mao's widow was put on trial is
'- simply that China's political line has
s changed.
el " BY AND LARGE," she said in an in-
terview, Jiang Qing was following
Mao's instructions in all she did. "The
trial really is about Mao."
In five weeks of hearings, Jiang Qing-
the name formerly was written
"Chiang Ching" in English-has been
accused with the three other Gang of
Four members and six other defenden-
ts of having persecuted 700,000 people
during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution,
34,800 of whom allegedly died as a
They also have been charged with
persecuting Communist Party officials
during that period-many of them are
now back in power-and with conspiring
to seize the leadership after Mao's
death in September 1976,
THE PROSECUTOR has asked for the
death penalty against Jiang Qing. The

sentence is expected to be announced
"She would like to be executed,
because she would like to die a mar-
tyr," Miss Witke said. "And I'm sure
millions of people in China would lick
their chops if she were executed
because people like to execute people
there, they like to say, 'Sha! Sha! Sha!',
meaning 'Kill! Kill! Kill!'"
Miss Witke is a China scholar, who
formerly taught at the State University
at Binghamton, N.Y., and is now a
research associate at Columbia

University's East Asian Institute.
THE BIOGRAPHY, based on 60
hours of discussions with Jiang Qing in
1972, provided a rare glimpse of China's
top echelon in the midst of the Cultural
Revolution, when the leadership
stressed communist ideology over
"pragmatic" economic policies.
As part of their later campaign
against Jiang Qing, China's current
leaders accused her of having revealed
"state secrets" to the American visitor.
Some U.S. critics commented that
"Conrade Chiang Ching" may have
echoed Jiang Qing's views too strongly.

Despite her continued deep interest in
Jiang Qing, however, Miss Witke now
shows'little personal attachment to th
actress-turned-revolutionary, whon
she calls a "highly flawed individual."
BUT SHE LAUGHS at the allegation
that Mao's widow tried to "usurp party
and state power."
She maintains that is was Hua
Guofeng, Mao's successor as party
chairman, who usurped power.
"I don't believe Chairman Mao ap-
pointed him ... he appointed himself"
with the help of a powerful group withi
the party, she said.

Gang of Four sentencing soon

This is a

PEKING (AP)-Within a few days, China's highest court is
expected to pass sentence on Chairman Mao Tse-tung's
widow, who says she is "prepared to die." But many Chinese
believe she will not be executed for alleged crimes against
} the state.
Unofficial Chinese sources said the sentencing may take
place early next week. Officials refused to comment.
TH E PROSECUTOR says the defendant, Jiang Qing must
die for masterminding the 1966-67 Cultural Revolution that
resulted in the persecution of hundreds of thousands of
people. Jiang Qing herself dared the court to chop off her
head during her trial with nine co-defendants on charges of
treason, conspiracy, and murder.
Guilty vericts are foregone conclusions after a five-week
trial featuring weeping and angry witnesses demanding
vengeance against Jiang Qing and nine co-defendants. Only
the punishment remains to be decided, and there is no ap-

However, no high political leader has been executed in
China since the 1949 Communist Revolution. Communist Par-
ty propaganda chief Wang Renzhong has said that Jiang Qing
deserves to die many times for her crimes, but that gover
nment officials differ over what should be her fate.
"OF COURSE, she committed crimes and deserves to
die," one Chinese intellectual said of Jiang Qing. "But China
will never execute a high political prisoner."
Jiang Qing, a former member of the Communist Party
Central Committee and its ruling Politburon, is the widow of
the man who founded modern China. She maintains Mao
authorized all the alleged crimes of which she is accused, and
that the government is using her as a scapegoat because it
lacks the courage to attack Mao's memory.
"You are trying to make the wife pay the debts of the
husband," Jiang Qing shouted in court. "You are trying to
destroy me because you know you never can destroy Mao."





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Northwestern, 26-15


Although still feeling a bit fatigued
from Wednesday night's match against
Lehigh, the Michigan wrestling team
still managed to outlast Northwestern
26-15 last night at Crisler Arena.
"We wrestled tired tonight," said
head coach Dale Bahr explaining that
the combination of the Lehigh loss and
the fact that the grapplers have been
working out twice a day for the last 10
days caused the Wolverines to be
slightly weary.
Michigan jumped out to a quick 13-0
lead after the first three matches when
Joe McFarland at 118 lbs. and Jim
Mathias wrestling with an injured
shoulder at 126 lbs. decisioned their


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Wildcat opponents and Bill Goodill in
the 134 lb. weight class registered the
only.fall of the night, pinning his Nor-
thwestern counterpart at the 6:43
Northwestern's Don Prior then
recorded the Wildcat's first victory of
the evening when he outscored
Michigan's Mark Pearson 6-1 in the
final period and claimed an 8-5
decision. The Wildcats jumped right
back into the match when 150 pounder
Jim Janicik managed to wrestle
Michigan's Tim Fagan to a 6-6 draw
and Janicik's brother Tom in the 158 lb.
class remained undefeated by scoring a
19-5 superior decision over the
Wolverine Steve Pierce.
With the score at 15-10, Michigan's
Nemir Nadhir came through with a 17-
10 decision and Rob Rechsteiner com-
peting in the 177 lb. weight class came
back from an 8-2 deficit to obtain a 10-4
draw with Northwestern's Todd Whit-
field. However, in the 190 lb.
Michigan's Pat McKay missed an op-
portunity to clinch the match for the
Wolverines when he was decisioned 9-7
by Wildcat Craig Jennings. The score
now stood at 20-15 in favor of Michigan
with only the heavyweight tmitch
remaining. Wildcat Tim M il ler'needed
to register either a superior decision or

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