A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 13, 1954

The first cable from Rio de Janeiro to reach TIME'S foreign desk a fortnight ago reported the suicide story of President Getulio Vargas. It ended with a terse footnote: "Impossible reach office now blocked by police investigating killing of boy outside building. Plan file picemeal updating whenever possible sit down and write."

Thus did Piero Saporiti, former TIME Bureau Chief in Madrid, move into his new post as Bureau Chief in Rio. Following is his fuller explanation of the footnote:

On the way from Madrid to Rio, I read books on Brazil that praised the country's beauty, relaxed way of life and the...

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