MEXICO: Manolete

Some 25,000 eager aficionados paid scalpers up to $200 a seat for the thrill of watching Spain's finest torero, slight, 28-year-old, chinless Manolete (born Manuel Rodríguez,), make his first appearance in the Mexican bull ring. Outside Mexico City's Plaza de Toros, some 200 Federal troops, 50 tear-gas squadmen and two fire-engine crews restrained the thousands who could not get tickets.

All week the coffee-table talk has been of (Manolete: the bullring people had spent $3,500 for a special plane to meet Manolete's ship, rush him to Mexico City; Manolete was training with the...

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