From the South China Morning Post this week in 1971 Like something straight out of a James Bond novel, French secret police at Orly airfield took under their protection a young Chinese communist official they said tried to defect in Algiers and was being taken by Chinese agents to a Shanghai-bound plane under the influence of drugs. Police reinforcements blocked access to a police room where the man was taken and held off an attempt by seven cursing, shouting Beijing officials to force their way in and take him away. They said the man was stopped because he was almost unconscious from an overdose of drugs, as he was being pushed and carried to a Pakistani Airlines flight bound for Shanghai via Cairo and Karachi. An airport physician examined the man and found him too sick to travel. A military court martial found the wife of a British serviceman not guilty of murdering their 11-day-old son when she dropped him from the top floor of a block of flats in Kadoorie Avenue. The court was told that Elizabeth Hunt Neo Biggs was suffering from acute schizophrenia when she dropped the baby, believing she was 'handing him over to God'. An army psychiatrist testified that when she dropped the infant, she did not know that her action was wrong or contrary to the law. She told military police she went to the top of the building after hearing voices instructing her to climb the stairs to heaven. The voice then told her to drop her baby and no harm would come to it. She hesitated a moment and then dropped the child. A.S. Watson and Co on the ground floor of Alpha House in Tsim Sha Tsui was forced to move out when the landlord wanted a 336 per cent rent increase for the shop space on the corner of Nathan and Peking Roads. It was the latest example of large rent increases in the tourist area. The shop, which offered wine, spirits and pharmaceuticals, occupied an area of 1,600 square feet. The manager of the wine and spirits division of Watson's said: 'We had a three-year lease and wanted to renew it. We were paying $12,500 per month. The landlord insisted on $42,000. He offered as an alternative to sell us the premises for $5 million. It was out of the question. 'We made inquiries up the road and around the block. These people have an organisation. Rents were anywhere from $50,000 to $53,000.' The shop moved to Mody Road, but the pharmaceutical section was forced to close. The Soviet Union's Soyuz 10 spaceship rendezvoused with the unmanned Salyut station and carried out docking and communications tests. The official news agency, Tass, said the manoeuvres were carried out during the 12th orbit of Soyuz and the 86th orbit of Salyut. All three cosmonauts were well and their ship and the station were functioning normally. Scientific sources in Moscow predicted that as many as three more manned ships might join Soyuz and Salyut in orbit over the following few days. The scientists had said they wanted permanently orbiting space laboratories staffed by crew replaced every month or so. The northern Italian town of Cremona had a bus line that went from bad to worse. Municipal bus line No 3 started at Cathedral Square on a run whose main stops were listed as: hospital, sanatorium, morgue and cemetery. This intriguing entry appeared in the Positions Vacant column: 'I WANT a man who cares for his family and who is serious about his future and not satisfied with HK$2,500 per month. One who is over 23 and dependable, call for interview. H-469442.' There's no indication whether she got her man.