CHILE: Samba-Dancing Salesman

Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, President of Chile, is the leader of a country whose 5½ million people are known as the yanquis of South America—a mildly left-handed compliment to their drive and thoroughness. The U.S. has returned the compliment by giving Chile more financial aid than any other South American government. This week, accompanied by his handsome wife Rosa (nicknamed "Mitty") and daughter Sylvia, 51-year-old President Gonzalez was scheduled to arrive in Washington for a state visit.

Up to the last minute, the wiry little President worked frenziedly to get ready for his...

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