Enlightened Rule

For years, under U.S. guidance, Puerto Ricans have steadily advanced toward self-rule. The Organic Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1917, made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens, granted them a bill of rights. Three years ago, Congress gave Puerto Ricans the right to elect their own governor and other key officials; that left only the auditor (who handles Puerto Rico's accounts) and the Supreme Court judges to be appointed by the President of the U.S.

Last week President Truman signed a bill removing even this last limitation on Puerto Rican autonomy: auditor and judges will henceforth be elected by Puerto...

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