Mrs. James Cross, wife of the British diplomat released in Canada by his Quebec separatist?
GV British Embassy residence
SV Interviewer with Mrs. Cross.
CU Mrs. Cross
REPORTER: "During this period of the kidnapping what communication have you had with him, and did you feel that he was all right, or how worried were you about his fate?"
MRS. CROSS: "Well naturally I was desperately worried every moment, but I have virtually had no communication with him, this was obviously impossible except for one radio broadcast that I made, which was very public of course. He was able to write to me a total of four letters, which were in fact himself and quite private. He also was forced to write letters to the authorities which were quite clearly dictated, but fortunately as he was always allowed to write letters to me at the same time we were able to realise that he himself had not lost any of his sense of stability. He seemed to be quite cheerful and buoyant throughout we felt."
REPORTER: "Is he always buoyant? How would you describe him?"
MRS. CROSS: "Well he's a pretty stable sort of person, he has an even sort of ... but he's not normally especially talkative, I'm the one that does the talking."
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Background: Mrs. James Cross, wife of the British diplomat released in Canada by his Quebec separatist captors, talked the same day (4 December) to a reporter in Berne about the period--nearly two months--her husband was in the hands of the kidnappers.
Mrs. Cross also told reporters she was "absolutely deliriously happy" at her husband's release, and that she expected to travel to London on Saturday morning (5 December) to meet him.
Before leaving Berne however, she talked at the British Embassy residence there about the period of their separation, and about how her husband had taken his ordeal.