CUBA: The Mamaroneck Plot

From mouth to mouth in Havana last week the word was passed: Christmas Eve was H-hour for the newest plot to unseat Strong Man Fulgencio Batista. Sailors patrolling the waterfront armed themselves with machine guns, the National Police stepped up its incessant searching of passing cars. But it took a small-town cop in Westchester County, N.Y. to blow the whistle on the plot.

As chief of police in the Westchester village of Mamaroneck (pop. 8,850), Louis Giancola had grown curious about the new board shutters over the windows of an unused gas station on the heavily traveled Boston Post Road....

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