CONGO: Jungle Shipwreck

The collapse in the Congo spread last week from the army to the government. Cabinet ministers argued heatedly with each other on the streets of Leopoldville. Lanky Premier Patrice Lumumba could seldom be found. With long-suffering President Joseph Kasavubu in tow, he was busy flying from city to city trying to impose a semblance of order.

Who's Master? Their trip was an embarrassing failure. The authority of Lumumba's central government extended no farther than the sound of his voice. As soon as he left a town or a province, power returned to...