ARGENTINA: Familiar Rhythm

Everything was spic & span at No. 2 Piazza dell' Esquilino in Rome last week. Officials of the Argentine Embassy had spent 200 million lire (more than $250,000 at black-market rates) to clean and refurbish the four-story, 40-room building in honor of their house guest, Maria Eva Duarte de Perón.

New portraits of her husband, Argentina's President Juan Perón, were placed strategically on the walls; new Louis XV furniture was installed in her bedroom. A new floor of shining tile was laid for the main entrance, doors were painted garish green, marble stairs were shined mirror-bright. No one could blame Embassy...

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