THE CARIBBEAN: Upper Classmen v. Freshman

A chasm is widening between Cuba's Fidel Castro and the upper classmen of Caribbean democracy—Costa Rica's ex-President José ("Pepe") Figueres, Venezuela's President Rómulo Betancourt, Puerto Rico's Governor Luis Muñoz Marín—who at first welcomed Castro as the young new champion of freedom.

The split is chiefly between Figueres and Castro, and it began when the Cuban government invited Figueres last month to look in on the revolution that he helped to power by supplying a planeload of arms. For 2½ days, Figueres fruitlessly sought an appointment with Castro; the two finally met on a platform where they were scheduled to speak. Castro...

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