URUGUAY: Freedom's Risks

Liberty-loving Uruguayans are proud of the unafraid and unaffected ways of their Presidents, who often drive their own cars, take their coffee in public places, without escort. Uruguay's new President, modest, serious Luis Batlle Berres (TIME, Aug. 11), follows the tradition. He has no bodyguard; there are no guards around his 30-acre quinta (farm) on the banks of the Santa Lucia River, twelve miles from Montevideo. But freedom has its risks. One night last week thieves got into the presidential chicken house, made off with 50 of His Excellency's 200 birds.

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