CENTRAL AMERICA: The Waiting Game

A Lenten calm settled over Central America. At Costa Rican Junta President José Figueres' finca, which had recently rung with the none-too-rhythmic clump of marching Caribbean Legionnaires, silent peons spread coffee beans on the patio to dry in the warm tropical sun. The Legion was dead. It had been done in by the guile of its old enemy, Nicaragua's "Tacho" Somoza—and by the no-nonsense order of the Organization of American States (TIME, Jan. 3). The end had come before the Legion could fire a shot at Tacho or its other prime target, Dominican Dictator Rafael Trujillo.

In San José, tough...

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