SPAIN: Watered Milk

Generalissimo Francisco Franco was good & mad, according to reports seeping from his Madrid palace. Why, he angrily demanded of his advisers, had they kept him ignorant of the people's impatience over the soaring cost of living? The Barcelona protest strike (TIME, March 19) had come as a shock. The dictator's underlings lamely explained that they had not bothered him with details because they had hoped to clear the situation up before news of it reached his ears.

At daily meetings with his ministers, Franco labored to set things aright. The government decided to take over the rice crop and...

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