Foreign News: Starving Soldiers


Every few hours last week either the Government of Colombia or the Government of Peru would announce that a skirmish had been fought, a river gunboat bombed or an airplane shot at in the vicinity of Leticia, the remote, malarial jungle town on the upper Amazon ceded by Peru to Colombia in 1922, seized by Peruvian irregulars last September, squabbled over ever since (TIME, Feb. 6, 13).

Each stirring announcement was followed by a hot denial from the country supposed to have been injured. Brazil, the big neutral adjacent to Leticia, sent a...

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