ARGENTINA: Dynamite & Red Paint

"CONGRATULATIONS," the cable read, "CAN HARDLY WAIT TO MEET WHAT WE ARE SURE MUST BE THREE AND HALF KILOS DYNAMITE." Frank Kirton, 43, beamed as he read it; his wife had just given birth to a son, weight 3½ kilograms. Somehow, Argentina's ever-alert federal police got hold of a copy of the cable; their gimlet eyes lingered long over the word "dynamite." Kirton, after all, was a foreigner— a Brazilian-born Briton. And he owned a ranch in Gualeguaychú in Entre Rios Province, just across the river from Uruguay—mighty handy for smuggling dynamite.

Even more alarming was a subsequent telegram from another...

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