NICARAGUA: Leave of Absence

Apparently he was not so ill after all. In Boston's Baptist Hospital, President Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza recovered rapidly this week from a major intestinal operation. Nicaraguans had learned in the dictator's month-long leave of absence that his strong hand was over them, even from a foreign sickbed.

Minister of the Interior Victor Román y Reyes had passed the word to innumerable Somoza relatives in important Government posts, and the tight machine that combined local military and civil governorships in one henchman's hands executed the dictator's orders as smoothly as ever. It was...

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