CUBA: Without Fireworks

To the Havana man in the street, Communist Lázaro Peña is the Cuban Confederation of Labor (C.T.C.) and the Cuban Confederation of Labor is Peña. Once a tobacco worker and now a connoisseur of fine cigars, he dominates meetings of his 400,000-member Confederation with his booming, deliberate voice, his attacks on U.S. imperialismo, his praise of Russia. His chief monument is the block-long Palacio de Los Trabajadores (Labor Palace), for which President Ramón Grau San Martin allotted $772,000 to butter up the Communists after they had given him a political hotfoot in 1945.

In the still unfinished Palace, Peña last week...

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