The prospect was unnerving, even for a seasoned cultivator of U.S. tribal manners like the State Department's Protocol Division. In March, Mexico had nearly blown Harry Truman's hat off with a welcome heard round the hemisphere. This week, Mexican President Miguel Aleman was due north on a return call. To keep U.S. face, Washington's plain citizens would have to step out of character and match, or better, the Mexican enthusiasm. The Protocol Division's patient, able Stanley Woodward was worried. He called on the Army, Navy, Marines, school officials, the Washington Board of...

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