PERU: Teasing President

For almost three months Jose Melgar, who fired a bullet into the midriff of President Luis Sanchez Cerro (TIME, March 14), has sat in his cell under sentence of death, fear gnawing at his heart.

Time & again Peru's Congress has hinted to the President that, since he was not killed, he ought to commute the death sentence. But President Sanchez Cerro is as mentally relentless as he is physically robust and tough. Congress, knowing this, has tried to wheedle him by the flattery of promoting him in military rank. President Sanchez Cerro was unmoved. Lounging at home in a...