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A-Bomb Plutonium as'Souvenir' Sanford Lawrence Simons, 28-year-old University of Denver research scientist, leaves the Federal Building in Denver in cus tody of a United States marshal. He was held in default of 8100,000 bond on a charge of stealing plutonium.—AP Wirephoto. By th» Associated Press DENVER, Aug. 23. — Federal charges of stealing plutonium— vital in atom bomb production— have been filed against Sanford Lawrence Simons, 28, research scientist at Denver University. FBI Agent Russell Kramer said a small glass vial of plutonium was recovered from a hiding place beneath Simons’ Denver home. He was held in default of $10,000 bond. Simons will be tried under the Atomic Energy Act. The maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Mr. Kramer said the plutonium was taken from the Los Alamos (N. Mex.) atomic project four years ago. The FBI said Simons admitted taking the plutonium as a “souvenir” and that he had placed it under his house so that his children wouldn’t play with the radioactive substance. Mr. Kramer said Simons had been employed as a research sci entist at the Denver University since September of 1948 and. as far as authorities know now, has no connection with any organized espionage or with persons previ ously arrested as spy suspects. Nor has Simons any known link with Communist or subversive or ganizations. The FBI agent said the be spectacled, pipe-smoking Simons readily admitted taking the highly fissionable plutonium but claimed that he had it only as a “sou venir” of Los Alamos where he served as an enlisted man in the Army from August, 1944, to March, 1946, and as a civilian scientist from March, 1946, to July, 1946. Mr. Kramer said Simons appar ently made no effort to dispose of the plutonium during the more than four years he had it. Mr. Kramer refused to estimate the value of the plutonium. He said he had reports of its worth rang ing from $500 to $200,000. Simons talked freely with news men and seemed little perturbed by his plight. He said he had ex pected arrest, commenting, “I had a bull by the tail all the time— and I knew it.” The young scientist was married three years ago to a Denver school teacher and they have one child, a 2-year-old daughter. He is the stepfather of two boys, one 9 and one 4, his wife’s children by a former marriage. Simons was born in New York, where he attended school. He graduated from high school in Elmhurst, Long Island, N. Y., then in 1944 earned a bachelor of sci ence degree from the Missouri 'Blockade' by Pakistan Irritating Afghans KABUL, Afghanistan. — The government of Afghanistan re ports that indignation is rising over delays and difficulties in the transit of gasoline and other com modities through the seaports of Pakistan, principally Karachi. Afghanistan’s imports nearly all pass through Pakistan. An Afghan government spokesman says: “The virtual blockade of goods, imposed by Pakistan, has literally cut off our country’s supply lin$g. These blocking and delaying tac tics are an absolute denial of the good-neighbor policy and are in conflict with the spirit of the United Nations." Property damage from torna does averages about $12 million a year in the United States. School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, Mo. He did research work as a met tallurgical engineer with the Bat telle Institute, Columbus, Ohio, after his graduation, and follow ing his release from the Los Ala mos project in New Mexico, he was a consulting engineer in Denver before joining the univer sity staff. Mr. Kramer said that Simons “has never been in any trouble at all.” In response to a remark that “taking the plutonium as a souve nir is a pretty corny excuse,” Mr. Kramer said “he’s a pretty corny guy.” NEW ISSUE OH SALE TODAY | Indian Plan Has Goal Of 10,000,000 Trees I NEW DELHI.—India has em barked on an extensive tree planting program. It is part of the food minister’s eight-point food plan and has a goal of 10 million trees to be planted by the end of 1951. At a recent ceremony members of the diplomatic corps and cab inet officers gathered at the Ma hatma Gandhi memorial plot just outside New Delhi and the Presi dent and the Prime/ Minister set an example by planting tulsi plants and mango saplings. The tulsi is an ancient Indian plant which has medicinal value and often is used in ceremonials. Don’t hoard. The fighting in Korea has created no food short age and none is in Immediate prospect. Let’s be sensible. Don’t hoard. 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