TERRITORIES: Rocking-Chair Patriot

In Baldorioty Plaza, chief square of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a comfortable rocking chair, last week sat Professor Clemente Pereda enjoying his Easter vacation from the University of Puerto Rico. There he received the homage of the populace, the visits of Puerto Rican notables. Policemen protected him from the crowds and a street was roped off for his benefit. Professor Pereda was engaged in a patriotic project, a seven-day hunger strike: 1) Against a proposal to make Puerto Rico one of the United States, 2) for Puerto Rican independence.

Every day he went down...