In a banana republic anything can happen but the most unusual thing is for a President to put the country's constitution above his own personal interests. Last week Costa Rica's President, handsome, large-nosed Leon Cortes Castro, did the unusual. He squelched the suggestion of his supporters that he ignore the Constitution and succeed himself in office when his first four-year term expires in May 1940. Said President Cortes: "I will never . . . convert myself into a tyrant."


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