COSTA RICA: Commissar in San José

In the sandbagged capital of San José, a Communist named Manuel Mora was the strong man last week. That was about the most significant result of four weeks of civil war in Costa Rica.

Well-armed rebels, fighting to give rightist Otilio Ulate the presidency to which he was elected last February, sat high in their southern mountains and beat off clumsy government attacks. In San José, leftist President Teodoro Picado and ex-President Rafael Calderón Guardia, the men who had provoked the war by getting Ulate's election annulled as fraudulent, had found they could not control Comrade Mora; they had wooed him...

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