Latin America: The Conference

For months, Bogota (pop. 450,000) had been sprucing up, and by this week it was as ready as it ever would be for the opening next Tuesday of the Ninth Conference of American States, the first full-dress Pan American pow-wow in ten years.

In the refurbished National Capitol, the government held rehearsals, while sightseers by the thousands crowded in to see the decorations. Hotels, pensiones and even some private dwellings were booked up for about 500 delegates and assistants, who will jam the 410-year-old Andean city (altitude: 8,700 ft.).

The Job. The conference was called to straighten out kinks in the Inter-American system,...

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