CHILE: Hispanic Custom

No privilege is more zealously guarded by Latin American nations than the right of asylum in a foreign embassy or legation. In the topsy-turvy politics of South America no statesman can tell from one day to the next when the wheel of political fortune is going to turn violently against him. It is only practical that he should foster the tradition which provides him a soft spot on which to light in the event of an explosion.

When the Spanish Civil War started, Latin American embassies in Spain gave refuge to and probably...

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