ARGENTINA: Even unto Death

Señora Maria Unzue de Alvear was one of the few women listed in Argentina's Who's Who. A plump, little old lady who lived out her declining years in piety and good works, she gave an estimated 1,000,000 pesos ($112,000) a year to charity. She could well afford it; her family, which had given Argentina one of its most distinguished Presidents (Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, 1922-28), owned a good million acres of rich grazing land.

In the pre-Perón era, Doña María was a perennial president of Argentina's Sociedad de Beneficencia, a sort of community chest which supported most of the nation's...

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