BRAZIL: Last of the Eighteen

Brazilian hearts beat faster last week at the news that Private Oscar Corrêa dos Santos had been awarded 17 years' back pay. For Oscar Corrêa dos Santos, as every patriotic Brazilian knows, is one of two remaining survivors of the heroic Dezoito do Forte (Eighteen of the Fort).

Early in the morning of July 5, 1922, a few hours after Brazilians had finished celebrating U. S. Independence Day (declared a holiday that year by President Epitacio Pessôa), the people of Rio de Janeiro were awakened by the boom of cannon, the rattle of machine guns, the noise of troops tramping through...

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