ARGENTINA: To Defend the President

President Juan Perón last week staged the most remarkable public circus of his spectacular career. His show had a little of everything. In the early hours of Thursday morning radio bulletins began shrilling news of a conspiracy to murder Perón. The assassination, broadcasters cried, was to have occurred on the "Day of the Race," Oct. 12, at an opera gala in the gilt-and-plush Teatro Colón. His wife, blonde Eva Duarte Perón, was to have been killed with him.

Thirteen conspirators, it was soon announced, had been rounded up. Also accused as a plotter was 50-year-old John F. Griffiths, businessman, ex-college...

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