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The newest U.S. envoy to Latin America is urbane, white-haired Irving Florman, 53, a New York inventor and manufacturer, whose appointment as ambassador to Bolivia was announced in Washington last week by President Truman.

No career diplomat, Florman is president of the Cleevelandt Corp., manufacturers of scientific and mechanical devices. Born in Poland, naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1917, he has traveled widely but has never been to South America. His only previous contact with diplomacy has been rather remote: he designed an ornate lighter which President Roosevelt gave to Premier Joseph Stalin at Yalta.

The new ambassador has contrived such...

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