VENEZUELA: Early to Rise

Militant conspirators chose a dark hour just before dawn last week to attack the regime of picturesque President General Juan Vincente Gomez, famed 70-year-old Dictator of Venezuela.

As dawn neared, a battalion of Federal troops quartered near the Presidential palace in Caracas mutinied under the leadership of Chief-Conspirator Captain Rafael Alvarado. Two brother officers who would not join the mutiny were shot dead. Then, having tasted blood, the battalion rushed out at double quick march to seize the large supplies of arms always kept at the San Carlos Barracks.

By a quirk...

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