SPAIN: Evolution

Generalissimo Francisco Franco last week hinted that he might soon step down on his own terms and in his own time.

The plump little Caudillo has recently had an extremely cold shoulder from all the major Allies. The Tangier conference door was slammed in his face (TIME, Sept. 3). Plagued by drought and lack of food (Spain needs nearly 2,000,000 tons of imported wheat), the Spanish people grow constantly more dispirited. As a U.P. dispatch from San Sebastian in the Basque country delicately put it: "Demonstrations of affection for Spain's leader have been comparatively limited in number and degree of warmth."


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