URUGUAY: Bums' School

Back in 1941, high-minded Uruguayans moved to solve one of Montevideo's oldest problems by founding an Escuela de Vagos e Inadaptos, or Bums' School. Their plan: to get mendicants, degenerates and bums off the streets, and to teach a useful trade to underprivileged men.

Chronic work-shys at once cleared out of the capital. Even when some crept back, the average cop hardly broke a leg to nab a candidate. Most Uruguayans had forgotten all about the scheme when last week Montevideo's alert El Diario turned up the fact that their hobo college, with a staff of 46, had shrunk to...

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