Painters got ready to scratch another name off a State Department door. The latest resignation: genial Laurence Duggan 38, Director of the Office of American Republic Affairs, for 14 years a career diplomat, longtime close friend of recently resigned Under Secretary Sumner Welles.

Deepest fissure in the badly cracking State Department, OARA has been in an uproar for months. In June 1943 came the quick, blundering recognition of the pro-Fascist Ramirez regime in Argentina. Three months later, the resignation of Welles removed the most experienced hand from the guidance of Latin American...

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