CUBA: Back to 1901

When a U. S. bootlegger's airplane skidded to a halt in Nassau Harbor last week, a pale, pockmarked, frightened Cuban, Gerardo Machado y Morales, instantly demanded police protection. Nassau's big, black, pith-helmeted police ordinarily carry no firearms, but now rifles were issued to some of them and a guard posted at the Royal Victoria Hotel.

Few victims of the Machado reign of terror knew what was in store for them. They were shot down peacefully in their own homes, like the Freyre de Andrade brothers, or murdered on their doorsteps like Editor Andre of...

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