CATASTROPHE: Jibaros, Agriculture

Porto Rico. Last week a stalwart gentleman, who looks something like a beardless, bespectacled Abraham Lincoln and something like William Gibbs McAdoo, surveyed a great task. He is Henry M. Baker, Red Cross National Director of Disaster Relief, who sailed to Porto Rico immediately after the recent hurricane. Two immense, related problems faced him. One was the feeding, clothing and housing of countless jibaros (peasants). The other, more vast, more complex, was the rehabilitation of agriculture, involving financing and credit in thousands of individual, differing cases.

The food problem is twice as...