BOLIVIA: Big Snatch?

Bolivia last week had a kidnapping and a Presidential election. Of the two, the kidnapping stirred up the bigger sensation.

In broad daylight, fabulously rich Mauricio Hochschild, most political of Bolivia's three great tin magnates, got into a car with Adolfo Blum, his general mani ager. They drove to the Chilean Embassy in a suburb of La Paz to get a visa so Hochschild could go to Chile. Then they vanished, leaving only an empty car and an echoing mystery.

Wild rumors flew round Bolivia: Don Mauricio was in New York, was dead,...

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