ARGENTINA: Progress of the Siege

Last December handsome, dictatorial Ramón S. (for Nothing) Castillo imposed on neutral Argentina a "state of siege7' forbidding the public discussion of international affairs. Last week Argentine free speech both lost and found a champion.

Champion Lost was the nation's outstanding liberal. Roberto M. Ortiz, who last month, after two politically impotent years of diabetic near-blindness, resigned the presidency to Acting President Castillo (TIME, July 6). Twenty days later, struck also with influenza and bronchopneumonia. Ortiz died. Thus passed the man who had been elected in 1938 by the largest popular vote...

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