MEXICO: Enough Rope

In sandy, sun-scorched Yucatán, men had no eyes for the hurricane that last week swept the Gulf of Mexico's other shore. They watched, instead, a storm gathering over the markets of New York. The future price of henequen, basic barometric reading in the peninsula, was uncertain. The men who grow the cactuslike plant that supplies much of the world's rope and cordage might soon have to dive for the storm cellar.

Already, henequeneros had heard that the U.S. Government would discontinue its wartime practice of buying their entire exportable surplus. Now from New York came news that Rogers International...

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