PORTUGAL: To the U.S.: Hands Off

Last week another shipload of troops sailed from Lisbon for the Azores, the third contingent that has gone there in the last three months. In Lisbon it was announced that Portugal's President, General Oscar de Fragosa Carmona, would also sail July 20 for a month's inspection tour of the Azores. Thus did Portugal serve notice that any U.S. attempt to occupy the islands as strategic outposts would be resisted.

Portuguese newspapers spoke out plainly. Diario de Manhā, organ of Portugal's sole Party of National Union, observed sadly that Portugal had always regarded the U.S. as "one of the last irreducible...

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