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    26-YEAR-OLD CHENG GUAM LIM (CQ) IS PONDERING HIS FUTURE TODAY WHILE THE COUNTRY SPECULATES ON HIS BIZARRE PAST.

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    ATTENTION EDITORS: "TODAY" USED FILM WITH A TAPE RECORDING, THEREFORE THERE IS NO SCRIPT -- AND -- NO SPOT SHEET CAN BE FOUND -- SO, AM SENDING TEXT OF N.Y. TIMES' STORY, PART OF WHICH MAY BE REPETITIOUS, BUT SHOULD BE OF VALUE TO YOU.

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    Background: 26-YEAR-OLD CHENG GUAM LIM (CQ) IS PONDERING HIS FUTURE TODAY WHILE THE COUNTRY SPECULATES ON HIS BIZARRE PAST. CHENG IS THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENT WHO LIVED AS A HERMIT IN A CHURCH ATTIC FOR FOUR YEARS OUT OF SHAME OVER POOR GRADES. THE YOUNG MAN LEARNED YESTERDAY THAT HIS FATHER HAD DIED IN SINGAPORE LAST YEAR. CHENG -- SHAKEN BY THE NEWS -- EXPLAINED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, THAT HIS FATHER HAD SACRIFICED GREATLY TO SEND HIM AND OTHER CHILDREN TO......
    ...AMERICAN SCHOOLS. TO CHENG, FAILURE AT SCHOOL MEANT FAILURE AS A SON...BETRAYAL OF A TRUST. AS HE EXPLAINED IT....
    TODAY HE TRIES TO DECIDE -- RETURN TO SINGAPORE OR STAY AND STUDY AT THE SCENE OF HIS RETREAT FROM REALITY.

    NEW YORK TIMES' STORY:
    CHINESE STUDENT GETS NEW CHANCE SCHOOL TO TAKE BACK MAN WHO HID OUT 4 YEARS -- NO CHARGES FILED
    ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN (place - source) - AUG. 31 (UPI) -- A CHINESE STUDENT WHO HID IN A CHURCH ATTIC FOR FOUR YEARS IN SHAME OVER HIS GRADES WAS OFFERED A CHANCE TODAY TO REDEEM HIMSELF.

    CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES, CHENG (CQ) GUAN (CQ) LIM (CQ) OF SINGAPORE WAS TURNED OVER TO UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AUTHORITIES BY IMMIGRATION AGENTS PENDING HIS DECISION ON WHAT HE WILL DO.

    MR. LIM'S FATHER, WHO HAD INSISTED ON AN ENGINEERING CAREER FOR HIS SON DIED LAST MARCH AT THE TIME MR. LIM WAS LIVING IN THE RAFTERS OF THE ANN ARBOR FIRST METHODIST CHURCH. HE WENT THERE OCT. 8, 1955, HE SAID, OUT OF SHAME BECAUSE OF HIS POOR MARKS IN ENGINEERING. THE FATHER NEVER KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIS SON.

    FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES, POLICE AND UNIVERSITY AND CHURCH OFFICIALS JOINED IN PAVING THE WAY FOR THE 28-YEAR-OLD CHINESE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL TO STUDY POLITICAL SCIENCE OR TAKE PRE-LAW TRAINING. THESE WERE THE COURSES DR. LIM HAD PREFERRED BUT HIS MARKS IN THE ENGINEERING SCHOOL WERE TOO LOW TO PERMIT A TRANSFER.

    ALTER NAME
    NOW MR. LIM, WHO ANGLICIZED HIS NAME TO PLACE HIS FAMILY NAME LAST INSTEAD OF FIRST AS IN CHINA, IS UNDECIDED WHETHER TO RETURN TO THE UNIVERSITY OR GO BACK TO THE ORIENT TO SEE HIS MOTHER.

    REV. EUGENE A. RANSOM (CQ, PASTOR OF THE CHURCH WHERE MR. LIM HID OUT FOR FOUR YEARS, TOLD MR. LIM OF HIS FATHER'S DEATH.

    AFTER REGAINING HIS COMPOSURE, MR. LIM SAID:
    "IN VIEW OF MY FATHER'S DEATH, I'M UNDECIDED. I NEED A FEW MORE HOURS OF MEDITATION."
    LATER HE SAID HE THOUGHT HE WOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

    MR. LIM'S MOTHER APPARENTLY STILL DOES NOT KNOW HER SON IS ALIVE AND WELL. SHE WAS INFORMED HE WAS MISSING FROM COLLEGE SHORTLY AFTER HE DROPPED FROM SIGHT. BUT WHEN AUTHORITIES CABLED SINGAPORE TO NOTIFY HER THAT HE HAD BEEN FOUND YESTERDAY, SHE HAD LEFT SINGAPORE FOR HONG KONG. IT IS NOT KNOWN WHETHER SHE IS GOING THERE TO LIVE OR ONLY ON A VISIT.

    OBSTACLES IN THE WAY OF MR. LIM'S RETURN TO COLLEGE BEGAN FALLING AWAY ONE AFTER ANOTHER TODAY. AFTER HAVING BEEN FOUND YESTERDAY, HE FACED POSSIBLE CHARGES OF BREAKING AND ENTERING THE CHURCH, THEFT OF FOOD FROM THE CHURCH KITCHEN AND POSSIBLE DEPORTATION FOR OVER-STAYING HIS STUDENT'S VISA. IN ADDITION, THE POLICE QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT SEVERAL STORE BURGLARIES IN RECENT MONTHS.

    BUT WALTER B. REA (CQ), DEAN OF MEN AT THE UNIVERSITY, AND ROBERT KLINGER (CQ), FOREIGN-STUDENT ADVISER, REPORTED THAT THE SCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MR. LIM BACK AS A STUDENT. MR. KLINGER SAID THE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE WOULD REGISTER HIM FOR THE FALL TERM.

    MR. RANSOM ANNOUNCED THAT THE WESLEYAN FOUNDATION, OF WHICH HE IS A DIRECTOR, HAD DISCUSSED SPONSORING MR. LIM AS ITS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FOR THE YEAR 1959-60. SUCH SPONSORSHIP WOULD SOLVE HIS TUITION AND BOARD PROBLEM.

    EARNEST MC-FADDEN (CQ) DEPUTY DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IN DETROIT (Michigan), SAID:
    "IF HIS STORY IS TRUE, WE ARE DISPOSED TO PERMIT HIM TO RETURN TO SCHOOL, IF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN WILL ALLOW HIM TO ENTER."
    ANN ARBOR POLICE AFTER QUESTIONING MR. LIM AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON, SAID THAT THEY WERE THROUGH WITH HIM AND PLACED NO CHARGES. THEY TURNED HIM OVER TO IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES, WHO RELEASED HIM TO UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA59T9RHEC4V6Y0MU0OBT1V1VOM
    Media URN:
    VLVA59T9RHEC4V6Y0MU0OBT1V1VOM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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