VENEZUELA: $7,500,000 for 4,300

That 7,287 persons should have filed suits up to last week claiming a share in the $30,000,000 estate of Venezuela's late Dictator Juan Vicente Gómez is natural enough. His country's big man for 27 years, he died aged 78 (TIME, Dec. 30, 1935) probably more times a father, grandfather and great-grandfather than any man since Augustus the Strong.*

The Venezuelan Government confiscated $22,500,000 worth of property and securities from the Gómez estate, but that still left $7,500,000 worth. Last week the Government guardedly announced that about 4,300 of the more meritorious claimants will...