Chile: Standing by a Pledge

For an austere and frugal man, who shuns Santiago's chandeliered La Moneda palace for a bachelor apartment and walks to work each morning, it was quite a whirl. In the U.S. last week for a seven-day official visit, Chile's Businessman-President Jorge Alessandri, 66, was whisked into a helicopter after ceremonies at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, plunked down an hour later on the White House lawn. An honor guard snapped to attention, 21 guns roared a salute in the freezing air, and President Kennedy stepped forward with words of friendship and welcome. Then came a round of diplomatic luncheons, press...