Latin America: Help from Old Father

The little Army mail plane squealed to a stop on Rio's airport. Out stepped a half-naked Indian. He was Chief Inai Cachirere of Matto Grosso's Javaes Indians. In broken Portuguese he demanded an audience with General Candido Rondon, 80, begetter of Brazil's enlightened Indian policy. Said full-blooded Chief Cachirere to part-Indian General Rondon: "Old Father, I come to tell you that a white man bought 2,986 kilograms of quartz crystal from the Javaes Indians and did not pay for it. The man is Lauro Melo and he lives at Rua Machado de Assis, No. 45."

This was not the first time that...

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