PERU: Deaths Decreed

Precisely at 8 a. m. punctual Peruvian officers sat down with a great clinking of spurs and clattering of swords in Lima last week to do something about the jaunty 19-year-old youth who had punctured President Luis Sanchez Cerro of Peru with a bullet in church (TIME, March 14).

Arraigned before the court-martial, José Melgar grinned cheerfully, though he answered the officers' questions with respect. Since punctured President Sanchez Cerro was alive last week and not expected to die, Puncturer Melgar knew he had comparatively little to fear. To win popularity and votes almost any punctured public man...

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