CUBA: The Bathtub Election

Like New Yorkers, habaneros worry about their water supply. Long a perplexing problem because of Havana's never-ceasing growth and the difficulties of piping it into town, the shortage of water led Mayor Fernández Supervielle to suicide three years ago. His successor Nicolás Castellanos, former president of the city council, refused to despair. Energetically he built up the city's reservoirs. Last week a grateful citizenry elected Castellanos mayor in his own right.

A handsome former truck driver who looks like Tyrone Power, Castellanos had put on a dashing personal campaign. He and his pretty wife Laudelina buzzed through town in a...

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