CENTRAL AMERICA: Backyard Visitor

Smiling, venturing a word or two of high-school Spanish, and shaking thousands of hands, Vice President Richard Nixon last week turned his tour of Central America into an unaffected show of friendship among backyard neighbors. To the official ceremonials that stretched his days to 16 and 18 hours, he brought an old political campaigner's grinning stamina; to the warmly human situations that arose as he made friends with humble people, he brought good-natured aplomb.

In Guatemala, when Nixon asked a market woman about her husband, she rocked him by answering, "I have...

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