COLOMBIA: Bogota Beggars

Like an efficient hostess, Colombia is preparing well ahead of time for the ninth Pan American Conference, scheduled tentatively for December. A primary move has been to rid Bogotá's streets of beggars, which last week were strangely free of the lame and the halt—result of a preconference roundup of 300.

Bogotá beggars are efficient, too. They avoid jurisdictional disputes by an agreement allotting favorite spots (church doors, hotels, markets), have a system of renting children to childless professionals.

Their hero, the late El Chivas (by legend a university student who, disappointed in love,...

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