SPAIN: Big Day for Franco

The rains had been kind, and the harvests big. After four parched years, in which discontent grew, 1951 had been a bumper year, and crop prospects were excellent again. Last week Francisco Franco had cheering news for his hard-pressed people: they could throw away the ration cards which they have been using ever since he came to power.

It was a big day for Franco. Just three years ago, his people were restless, and he was a dictator at bay; the U.N. had just voted to continue its diplomatic boycott of his regime. Opening the Cortes (Parliament), he had denounced the...

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