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ARANHA-WW2-1a - The Washington Merry Go Round By Drew Pearson...
The Washington Merry Go Round By Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen U'ellcs and Aranha are leading figures figures at vital Rio parley; U. S. delegate lias devoted career to good neighbor policies; Brazilian Foreign Minister a colorful, guntoting: guntoting: ex-gaucho; he knows U. S. well, and sticks by us through thick and thin. • * • (Editor's Note—This week's Brass Ring, good for a free ride on The Washington Merry-Go-Round, goes to Sumner Welles and Oswaldo Aranha, leading lights at the Rio Conference.- * * • RIO DE JANEIRO—If this Pan- American conference succeeds in lining up the Americas against the Axis—and with one exception it looks as if it will—Messrs. Hitler and Hirohito will have Undersecretary Undersecretary Sumner Welles and Brazilian Foreign Minister Aranha largely to thank. These are the two men who have carried the ball for a united Pan- American war front, with President Vargas giving them potent 100 per cent support in the background. Strangely enough no two men could be more dissimilar. Oswaldo Aranha is an ex-gaucho from the cattle country of Brazil, accustomed to appearing at horse races with two revolvers strapped to his belt, and equally at home around a roulette roulette table or a dinner in the presidential presidential palace. Best Friend of U. S. A. Oswaldo Aranha, Welles' co-partner co-partner in this ambition, is the son of a wealthy cattle-rancher. He was educated at a military school, spent five years fighting in Brazilian revolutions—most revolutions—most of the time in the saddle—and has a heel partly shot away plus a bullet still lodged in his shoulder to show for it. Aranha was the military leader of the revolutionary army of 1930 which made Getulio Varges President President of Brazil, and won for Henry L. Stimson the nickname "Wrong Korse Harry." Stimson, then Secretary Secretary of State, bet on the wrong horse and sent U. S. planes to support support the regime which Aranha defeated. defeated. Aranha spent four years in Washington, Washington, where as Ambassador he got to know the U. S. A. as few other envoys. He took a motor trip to the West Coast, went to the Kentucky Derby with Jim Farley (where, incidentally, lie won $1,5UO) visited with all sorts of people from Herbert Hoover to John L. Lewis, ana even attended the conventions of the Democratic and Republican parties. One of his descriptions of the conventions conventions is stiJl remembered in Washington. "At Cleveland," said Aranha, "the Republicans promised Santa Glaus to both the ricn ana tne poor, while at Philadelphia, the Democrats Undersecretary of State Welles, j promised Santa Glaus to the poor onthe other hand, had Roosevelt's j with the rich man's money." background of Groton and Harvard, had the same god-mother as Eleanor Eleanor Roosevelt, was a page at Ihe' Washington, Aranha has been ] Roosevelt's wedding, and is an An-i known as the chief friend of the thony Eden edition of what the ' U. S. A. below the Rio Grande. He Ousted Na?i Ambassador since his four years in well-dressed diplomat is supposed ' has cie.-irved to look like. title; for .some- i times in the lace ot tough political j Underneath his somewhat austere sledding at home and rebuffs even exterior, however, Sumner Welles from his alleged friends in Wash-j

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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 17 Jan 1942, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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