HAITI: Black Magician

Haitians, he had been warned, were too poor to be taxed. There had even been mutterings among the coffee-colored aristocracy about an armed rising. But last week, as President Dumarsais Estimé's income-tax law—the first in Haiti's 144-year history—went into effect, Haitians were too absorbed by the things Estimé was doing with his record-breaking $13,000,000 budget to take much notice of the new tax.

Chichi aristocrats and ragged mountain peasants alike chattered excitedly about the model town of Belladère, on the Dominican border. At a cost of some $600,000, government architects and engineers had transformed it from a cluster of thatched...

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