There was the customary pre-dawn prelude of machine-gun and mortar fire. Then troops from the capital garrison at Asunción moved in. In no time at all, as revolutions go, Army strongman Lieut. Colonel Benítez Vera had fled from his Campo Grande headquarters. Box score: five killed, scores wounded. By noon, as the official communiqué said, "absolute tranquillity" again reigned over Paraguay.

Since President-General Higinio Morínigo took over Paraguay in 1940, he has used Benítez Vera's, fascist-minded military clique for a whipping boy: it was to blame for Morínigo's failure to set up...

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