HAITI: The New President

January's spontaneous general strike had turned out President Elie Lescot, but not Haiti's ruling mulatto elite. They dominated the new Constitutional Assembly elected in May. And they were all set to choose Lescot's successor last week when the volatile people they ruled caught fire.

Haiti's 3,000,000 poor blacks, who eat one meal a day and fight to live on about an acre of land apiece, had long been asmolder. Wartime speculation and spreading inflation left the masses ripe for rabble-rousing.

The Steamroller. Young Daniel Fignolé, a 28-year-old Socialist ex-mathematics teacher with a...