THE AMERICAS: Coffee Smiles

Washington has rarely seen so truly cheerful a pair of official guests as El Salvador's President José Maria Lemus, 47, and his pretty, 32-year-old wife. At National Airport, when President Eisenhower greeted them, at a formal White House dinner, after a Manhattan ticker-tape parade, their smiles came naturally and easily and their moods were clearly carefree. A 45-minute conference with Ike stretched Lemus' smile even wider. Ike told him, said Lemus, that the U.S. was considering "with sympathy" the establishment of U.S. import quotas for coffee that is piled mountain-high in surplus storage warehouses in such exporting nations as his...

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