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BERLIN — "Open the Wall Richard" said the sign that a young girl waved wildly as President Nixon's shiny black limousine passed.

It was just one act of a happy Berliner during the President's visit here Thursday, a day that was filled with emotion, comedy and humanity.

When Nixon arrived at Tempelhof Airport hundreds of American children, released from school for the occasion, waved the U.S. flag and shouted "We want Nixon."

On the top row of the stands a little fellow waved another kind of flag — the stars and bars of the Confederacy.

The Secret Service surrounded the area with the help of Army and Air Force police. Security helicopters flew overhead and armed guards stood atop buildings.

Just after the President arrived in Air Force One, which landed loaded for the first time at Tempelhof after three practice landings, a military policeman pointed into the crowd and called for help.

Seconds later the MP emerged from the stands carrying an M14 rifle. A second MP followed with an American soldier in tow. The soldier walked on his tip toes due to the fist that was holding his jacket collar above his head.

As it turned out the trooper had been on guard and after being relieved had joined the crowd to see the commander-in-chief.

The frightened soldier was hauled over to a Secret Service man who, after hearing the story, patted him on the back and laughed. The rifle was not loaded.

Meanwhile Nixon inspected 3,000 troops, the first he has reviewed since becoming President.

Leaving the airport the President began the motorcade through the former German capital. Thousands lining the streets waved and shouted. A few cried.

Huge banners and signs were everywhere. People in apartment buildings waved them. "Welcome Mr. President, Thank You for Coming," "Nixon is Okay, Come Again," they said.

A few of the signs were not so friendly. One said "Bla, Bla, Bla. Nixon is here." On a balcony on one building a young girl in a blue miniskirt rested her chin in the palm of one hand and had a scowl on her face. In the other hand she held a sign that said, "We Are Paid to Cheer."

In the motorcade were hundreds of newsmen, including Russians from Pravda, Tass, Izvestia and Moscow TV. The U.S. Mission here said 11,000 were accredited for Nixon's visit.

The correspondents caught the brunt of the demonstration. Pool photographers and newsmen riding in open trucks in front of the motorcade were hit with debris thrown by the protesters. One caught a rock in the head and a couple of others were splattered with paint.


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