MEXICO: Spring Offensive

By last week, every Mexican knew that the foot-&-mouth war was on. Motoring city folk met it on the highways where olive-grey-clad soldiers had set up roadblocks. Cars were stopped while passengers tramped through a box filled with caustic soda-saturated sawdust. Then the cars slushed through a cement tank of the solution. Far & wide over the area of battle* Army planes patrolled, spotting cattle for ground troops. Once found, the beasts were slaughtered and quickly buried. In the costly offensive against aftosa—foot-&-mouth disease—there could be no quarter.

The new Mexico had shown...

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