CUBA: Lost Milestone

For years visitors to Cuba's National Capitol have plodded across the vast "Hall of Lost Steps" to gawk at a giant diamond in the floor. Last week it was gone from its star-shaped setting. On the Day of St. Dismas, patron of good thieves, a thief crashed the glass covering, chiseled out the 23 -carat shiner. * Alongside he jotted cabalistically: 2:45-3:10, then ap parently left by the Capitolio's front door.

Built by ex-Dictator General Gerardo Machado, Cuba's Huey Long, the $20 million Capitolio has been called a monument to graft. The yellow diamond, en circled by gold from pen...

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