NICARAGUA: Yanqui Cotton Patch

"What is your secret?" envious Nicaraguans kept asking the two youthful yanquis. Far from having a secret, the yanquis were just amateur cotton growers who had struck it rich with their first crop. Until their own tall, sturdy plants bore plump bolls of ripening cotton, neither of them had even so much as walked through a cotton patch.

Frank Mordecai, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., and Richard Pfeiffer, 25, of Los Angeles, both city boys, both ex-G.I.s, met in 1948 in Phoenix, Ariz., where they were students at the American Institute of Foreign Trade....

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