MEXICO: Signs & Portents

In Mexico City's pulquerias, sad-voiced tenors strummed guitars and sang: "In this year of nineteen hundred and forty-eight a comet appeared in the sky. Have a care, señores, have a care!" Each dawn last week the comet could be seen in the eastern sky, shooting out its long mane of white fire. The tabloid Prensa Gráfica blamed it for the five slight earthquake shocks that rattled the city during the week.

Because of la cometa, more people than usual were praying in Mexico City churches, but they lighted fewer candles at the altars....

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