ARGENTINA: Somber Inaugural

Juan Peron's second inauguration for a six-year presidential term should have been one of the gaudiest occasions of his career. Instead, the pampas dictator ordered all ceremonies severely curtailed, and did not even make a speech. Though economy was given as the reason for such unwonted austerity, few doubted that Peron's real reason was the failing health of his wife Evita.

The Vacant Chair. Wan, drawn, and wearing an ankle-length mink coat, Evita attended the main act of the brief inaugural. Riding in the presidential limousine to the Congress building, she sat at her husband's side in the vice president's...

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