ARGENTINA: Hello Mama!

In Buenos Aires you can pick up a telephone any day in the week between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon and ask for Berlin. The long-distance operator will say: "You will get it right away." Or you can go downtown to the stone-fronted office of Italian Cables to send a message to Germany, Italy or Japan. Argentina has restricted the embassies of all warring nations to 100 code words per day, but there are no restrictions on plain-language communications with any country in the world, Axis or otherwise.

How many times a day or a week...

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