Nation: Troubled Route

Into the neon-lighted Cottage Inn restaurant-motel on teeming U.S. Highway 40 north of Baltimore last week walked Pedro Sanjuan, 31, assistant chief of protocol of the U.S. State Department, on a troubled mission. The day before, the inn had refused to seat and serve a Nigerian diplomat, and Nigeria had lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. Government. Sanjuan had come to ask the Cottage Inn to reconsider its segregation policy—and he was loudly rebuffed. "The hell with the United Nations and the hell with your colored diplomats!" shouted beefy, red-faced Proprietor Clarence Rosier. "I built this place with my sweat....

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