PARAGUAY: The Battle of Buenos Aires

The only naval engagement of Paraguay's war was fought last week on a neighbor's waters. The rebels won.

In Buenos Aires' harbor, for two months, the crews of the visiting gunboats Paraguay and Humaitá had debated which side to join. Last week, in a small-arms battle that raged below and across the ships' decks, they settled their argument. When Paraguay's Ambassador Alfonso Dos Santos rushed down to fix things for Morínigo, he was kicked bodily down the gangplank. Three officers went to the hospital. Then, under command of Lieut. Rolando Ibarra, the gunboats cast off, sailed away to join the revolutionists.


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