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BRAZIL'S SPINS , * · · » · * * * ' * * NEA Service President Finds Aranha Richest prize in South America for a v/arring European nation to swing into its orbit is huge, sprawling, lush Brazil, only a ISOO^rnilc bomber hop from Dakar. Dakar. No- wonder power politicians bear down with all their wiles on the Rio government. It takes a wily mind to juggle them, keep them Ixilanced to Brazil's .benefit, not theirs. The pertinent profile below pictures well the man who Is doing just that--Foreign Min- · Ister Aranha. I. By FRED S. FERGUSON ' President of NEA Service RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov. 12.--One of the busiest personages in Rio, a man who spins away day and night in the interests of his country' in an international power | politics and economic web, is 'The Spider." Faultlessly dressed, with gracious [ Latin manners, handsome, some- ' 'what resembling an aging Maurice j Chevalier, Oswaldo Aranha's eyes can alternately twinkle and become as hard as steel. ·Aranha' means "Spider," and the dashing director of Brazil's foreign affairs lias adopted this symbol of the weaver of webs as his own. A large spider is engraved on his cigarette case. His shirts, instead . of being initialed or mouogrammed, bear the insignia, of the spider. Whether Americans like the words or not, "power politics" is -being played in Rio in a big way. Jefferson Caffrey, American Ambassador, Ambassador, smooth as velvet, smiling, affable, extremely popular, dominates dominates the scene. The' German, British, Italian and other embassies play their hands daily. Aranha. classified as pro-1 mo f· ^es. a 8 * American by Americans, but keen r j J^ Q " £ lven ing the other powers well in hand i . at the same time, sits in the middle P* air - ar j,' American of the web and spins for the benefit! **. m the P^ Re -, u A , of BrazD '.Minister painstakingly burned a ] I cork with matches and then gently smeared the sleeper's face. He ask- ed other occupants of the plane say nothing when his friend and Aranha himself never cracked Brazilian Foreign Minister . . ." In the informal photo moment of soc-ial relaxation in Rio. American horse flesh netted him better than $1200. Aranha has a keen sense of 3d story, the ladies" to practical jokes, tin friend fell i TIIK "SPIDER" LOVES PRACTICAL JOKES . The Foreign Minister likes Americans. Americans. That is evident, and, having beet! Ambassador to Washington a smile. When the gentleman with from 1934 to 1933, he discusses the j the burnt cork facial decoration American scene as one who is fond j timately discovered it, "The of it. "[had his fun. Being a horesman, he often visit- j Very much a realist, Aranha ed the Havre de Grace race track, j iieves" in democracy of the and he remembers, with a touch of j dictatorial, or Vargas type, glee and pride, how he had S50 rid-izil. He- smiles tolerantly at Ing across the board on Bold Yen- | definitions. He was brought ture in the Kentucky Derby. That i a cattle ranch and is still little display of good judgment of j man. His home town is only

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  1. The Evening Standard,
  2. 12 Nov 1941, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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