THE AMERICAS: Coffeeplot

After years of futile palaver, Latin America's coffee-producing nations are finally getting together in a hard-boiled cartel to hold up the price of coffee. This week their coffee policy-setters are busily bolting together a machine that, if it works, should take enough of the surplus off the market to sustain or even raise the retail price through the rest of 1955.

The combine being formed is largely the work of Manuel Mejìa, shrewd czar of the Coffee-growers' Federation of Colombia, No. 2 among the producers of the world's annual coffee crop of some...

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