ARGENTINA: Messersmith Arrives

Almost every flight into Buenos Aires had been canceled, but George Messersmith's plane bulled through the wintry rain and made Morón airfield on schedule. The new U.S. ambassador was a man in a hurry. He had come to negotiate with Juan Perón. To the Army major and Navy lieutenant who brought the President-elect's wishes for "a pleasant stay in Argentina" he rasped: "Tell the Colonel I appreciate his saludos and hope to see him soon."*

Next day the ambassador rode through the fashionable Calle Florida with his staff in three open horse-drawn coaches,...

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