YUGOSLAVIA: Quiet Vigil for a Falling Hero

In some ways, the post-Tito era has already begun

Some came and stood outside in the cold, staring anxiously up at the windows of the modern, nine-story clinic. Others gathered in groups during the lunch hour to exchange murmured bits of gossip that might supplement the meager medical bulletins. Each day last week, small crowds huddled in front of the medical center in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, where Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito continued to wage a formidable but apparently hopeless struggle for his life.

The vigil was one of the few perceptible signs of anxiety last week as Yugoslavs prepared for...

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