THE HEMISPHERE: Millions for Defense

Ambassador Frank Hines represented the U.S. last week in signing an agreement giving the U.S. 14 defense bases on Panamanian territory. But the Panamanian Government had to work fast to have a signer (Acting Foreign Minister Francisco A. Filos) on hand for the ceremony. Rather than put his name to the agreement, Foreign Minister Ricardo J. Alfaro had resigned.

Despite the $43,000 the U.S. would pay in annual rental, many another Panamanian felt as Alfaro did. When students at the National University and High School heard of the signing, they went on a paro doloroso (strike of sorrow). Next day, primed...

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