National Affairs: Closed Portal

A main trade portal between the U. S. and Mexico is Laredo," Tex. Last week the portal was slammed shut by the removal of the Mexican consulate. Reason: Laredo's District Attorney John A. Vails had attempted to arrest General Plutarco Elias Calles, onetime President of Mexico, on a 1922 murder conspiracy charge. Laredo shopkeepers, hard hit by the loss of Mexican trade, appealed to Governor Dan Moody who, in turn, appealed to Secretary of State Henry Lewis Stimson.

Statesman Stimson was patently annoyed that Governor Moody had allowed Texas to drift into such an...

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