BRAZIL: The Big Race

Men and women all over Brazil observed a minute of solemn silence one day last week. It was the first anniversary of the dramatic morning on which President Getulio Vargas, confronted with a military demand for his resignation, put a pistol to his heart and committed suicide. With parades and mass meetings banned by the police, the day was quiet. The mourners who gathered around the flower-ringed bronze bust of Vargas in Rio's Florian Square seemed subdued and voiceless.

Scary predictions that the anniversary would bring violence followed by a mili tary coup proved to be mere talk. Time and...

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