Over the noisome brown Gran Chaco, battling doormat of Bolivia and Paraguay, ominous silence has lain for more than a month. Paraguayan soldiers, backed against their Verdun, a hummock topped by French-built Fort Nanawa, have had nothing to do but scratch hard-biting Chaco lice. In far-off Geneva, where they could not see the smile on the face of Bolivia's German General Hans Kundt, complacent League statesmen thought their efforts to promote a truce were bearing fruit. But ingenious General Kundt had set his Bolivian soldiers to the sort of work Bolivians do...

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