New Swap El Salvador, a knot on the geological cord joining North and South America, is a one-crop country—coffee forming about 95% of her exports. Since 1935, with the coffee market glutted, she has disposed of her crop largely by barter with Germany, getting textiles, hardware in return. Last week the 13,173-sq. mi. nation, the size of New Jersey and Connecticut, decided she needed airplanes for training purposes, for ferrying army freight over her mountains and for remote control over rebel bands in the interior. There appeared to be no better way...

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