HONDURAS: Roses of Spain

The "Pines of Honduras" had taken root. Hondurans circulated by the hundreds mimeographed translations of TIME'S story (Jan. 21) about a sprig of conifer as the emblem of democratic resistance to Dictator Carias' regime. Cariasistas, deciding that something had to be done, called on Congress to pick a national flower. Congress, with nothing better to do, mooted the matter for a week, then put it up to Department Governors. The Governors asked their wives. Last week they chose the non-native rose (brought to Central America by the Spaniards).

In neighboring El Salvador a caustic press predicted that the needles...

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