National Affairs: Winter in South America

One night last week the sleek, fast, 9.375-ton cruiser Quincy weighed anchor and headed south, for the wintry seas off the coast of South America. Her destination was unannounced. Her mission was tersely described as a "goodwill cruise"—although at the same moment the projected training cruise to Rio de Janeiro of the New York, the Texas, the Arkansas, was suddenly canceled.

Tearing through the blue Caribbean, the Quincy headed for a troubled continent where winter and war were beginning to be felt. Through cooling May and into chilly June, winter moved northward from the...

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