THE AMERICAS: Stones--and a Warning

In Lima's broad and sunny central plaza, the Vice President of the U.S. reverently laid at the base of a monument to Liberator Joseé San Martin a wreath whose entwined flowers depicted the Peruvian and U.S. flags. Outwardly Richard Nixon was at ease and confident; inwardly he had to consider warnings from Peruvian police and his own security people to skip the next stop on his program, Lima's 400-year-old University of San Marcos.

As Nixon pondered, Communist Student Leader Gustavo Valcarcel and about 2,000 party-line followers were boldly trying to slam shut the school's main gates, only to be foiled...

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