MEXICO: Today & Yesterday

To study the faces of Francis W. Rickett and Bernard E. Smith (see cuts) is to study two of the world's best poker faces. These famed international operators in oil, gold mines, concessions of all sorts, shaky currencies and everything of a speculative and spectacular nature last week were big news in Mexico City.

The supreme croupier is a state such as Mexico, which has just calmly raked in by expropriation $400,000,000 worth of oil properties owned by U. S. and British citizens (TIME, March 28). The game of oil must now...

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