BOLIVIA: Don Mauricio

In the high-walled adobe jail of La Paz last week languished Mauricio Hochschild, probably the biggest mining mag nate in South America. Arrested as instigator of a plot against Provisional President Gualberto Villarroel (TIME, May 8), he was lucky to be alive. The Villarroel Government had thought of shooting him, then thought again when it pondered his connections, his influence, his hold on Bolivia. Instead of killing him, his captors handled him with the special care due such a special person.

The Magnate. The Government had jailed the most active member of...