PARAGUAY: An Army's Appetite

The million-odd citizens of agricultural Paraguay have taken great pride in their Army. Trained by a French mission, it had thrashed Bolivia (pop. about 3,000,000) in the bloody three-year Chaco war beginning in 1932 had come home to barracks a triumphant fighting force. But by this week some Paraguayans were taking a different view of their soldiers: they were eating the country out of house & home.

The man who finally voiced this view was Paraguay's round-faced, Dutch-descended Juan Plate, Minister of Finance. Last week, fed up, Juan. Plate resigned, gave his reasons in an angry document addressed to President...

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