MEXICO: Report to the Nation

In the streets of Mexico City, near the chamber of deputies, chauffeurs turned up the radios in cabinet ministers' cars and little knots of people gathered around to listen. All over the Republic, in the village plazas and city zócalos, Mexicans gathered near the loudspeakers to hear President Miguel Alemán's sober address at the opening of Congress. "This report," said he, "cannot be as alluring as we might have wished."

Acts of God. Mexico, one of the most confident of Latin American countries, is full of the desire for better food, better education, more comforts. That is the legacy of...

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