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THE PAPAL VISIT : Papal Digest : Cooks' Tour of No-Man's Land Is Cut Short

September 18, 1987| Compiled by JUDY PASTERNAK from staff reports

Just before midnight Wednesday, the barricades were breached near St. Vibiana's Cathedral, where Pope John Paul II was sleeping.

The alert came from a motorcycle officer: "Two men dressed in white have just jumped the barricade at 2nd and Los Angeles streets. . . ."

Police officers and Secret Service agents came running from all sides, guns drawn.

They cornered two very frightened "suspects" within seconds: a pair of cooks from the New Otani Hotel looking for a shortcut to work.

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