THE AMERICAS: The Critic Vanishes

In Manhattan on the night of March 12 Jesus de Galindez wound up his lecture in Hispanic-American civilization at Columbia University's Hamilton Hall, dismissed the students, started down a dark walk toward the subway station at Broadway and 116th Street and vanished. This week, despite a continuing search by New York detectives and a lookout by the cops of 13 states, Galindez was still missing.

Lawyer Galindez, a sociable Basque bachelor of 40, fought Spain's Generalissimo Francisco Franco and paid the price of defeat in exile, first to France, then, in 1939, to the Dominican Republic. There he took legal advisory...