ARGENTINA: Spiritual Chief

The scramble to pay the most eloquent tribute to ailing Evita Perón became a feverish rush last week. The Peronista majority in Congress voted to build a monument to her. The governor of Buenos Aires Province ordered her autobiography, The Reason for My Life, used as a textbook in all the province's public schools. Health Minister Ramón Carillo directed that in 508 hospitals and clinics under his department Masses be said for her "quick and complete recovery."

In Congress, after delivering an impassioned speech in praise of Evita, Peronista Deputy Mafalda Piovano dropped on her knees in the aisle and prayed:...

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