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Friday, March 31st 2017, 3:27am

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

La Moneda Palace, Santiago, Chile, 1 January 1948

Teodoro Casana Robles was a student of history, and as he stood in an anteroom of the Chilean presidential palace, the importance of this moment weighed on his shoulders. Relations between Peru and Chile had never been without friction, and in the past seven decades had seen open war on far too many occasions, with his country suffering defeat on nearly every occasion. Too many lives and too much treasure had been expended over the years with nothing but memorials to the dead to show for it. In briefing him before his departure from Lima the President and the Foreign Minister had made it clear – the establishment of sound diplomatic relations with Chile was fundamental to the future of Peru.

The Chilean official who was serving as his guide received a whispered word; stood and smiled. “The President will see you now,” he said with genuine warmth. It was but a short walk from the anteroom to the office of President Jorge Castro, and in but a moment he was ushered into it.

“Mister President,” said his guide, “it is with pleasure that I present his Excellency Teodoro Casana Robles, and by the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs ask that you accept his credentials from President Odría Amoretti as ambassador of the Republic of Peru.”

Casana Robles bowed and proffered the leather bound portfolio containing the documents that appointed him to his position. President Castro received them with an equal bow and quickly reviewed them before responding. “Ambassador Casana Robles,” he began, “I accept your letter of credence from President Odría Amoretti and by affixing my signature”; he paused as he inscribed his name; “and affixing the seal of the Republic of Chile”; he paused again as an aide stamped the documents; “I declare you to be and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary”.

With that the two shook hands, and then stood side by side as a photographer snapped several pictures, which would no doubt be spread upon the morning papers of the Chilean capital.


Thursday, April 6th 2017, 1:03am

El Comercio (Lima), 7 January 1948

The firm Enrique Ferreyros y Compañia has reached an exclusive agency agreement with the Argentine car manufacturer Auto-Union Argentinas S.A. of Santa Rosa to market the latter’s product on the Peruvian market. The news has been greeted with enthusiasm by the public.


Friday, April 21st 2017, 1:24am

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 18 January 1948

The Ministry of Defense has announced the formation of a corps of parachute troops, the Batallón de Fuerzas Especiales. Training of recruits has begun at the Escuela de Paracaidistas, Ayacucho.

Lima, The American Embassy, 22 January 1948

William Pawley was in no small manner perturbed; initially he had hoped that Peru’s new government would eventually turn to the United States for investment capital; and, to a degree, it had. But the Odría government had shown a preference for balancing its business dealings with firms in Europe – Belgium and the Netherlands in the forefront. But Argentina? His Commercial Attaché’s latest report indicated that three major tie-ups between Argentine firms and Peruvian interests – in automobiles, machine tools, and consumer goods – had been signed in the last month. American companies were skittish about the Peruvian nationalization of the mining industry – understandably so – but they were foregoing too many opportunities. Perhaps if he travelled to Washington and spoke to the Secretary personally…


Monday, April 24th 2017, 10:35pm

Jenaro Herrera, Loreto, 24 January 1948

A bevy of dignitaries had arrived from Iquitos – and from Lima – to mark this important day in the life of the town of Jenaro Herrera. A law had been signed creating a new district in the province of Requena, and Capitán Manuel Gordon Magne was very pleased that the settlement he had founded was now to be the chief town of its namesake district. What this might mean in practice was anyone’s guess – but for the moment the town was filled with joy.

And work continued to progress. A month ago a barge had delivered two small caterpillar tractors – buldócers – which now spearheaded the pushing of roads into the surrounding jungle and cleared the way for the development of plantations. Timber logging had been added to the economic base of the town, with cargos going downriver to Iquitos with returning supply barges. A research station, the Centro de Investigaciones Jenaro Herrera, was planned, to better assess the resources of the district and help draw up long term plans for growth; for Gordon Magne, this was a signal that his time here might be coming to an end. But he could take pride in his accomplishments.


Tuesday, May 9th 2017, 1:10am

Peruvian News and Events, February 1948

El Popular (Lima), 4 February 1948


Yesterday, 12:03am

El Comercio (Lima), 18 February 1948

The first Argentine-manufactured Auto-Union vehicles have arrived at the port of Callao. Products of Auto-Union Argentinas of Santa Rosa, the panel-van Furgón is expected to find favor with commercial operators and Lima’s leading hire-car firm has already placed orders for a small fleet to serve as small omnibuses in working-class districts in the city. The small sedan is expected to be in high demand among the middle-classes, particularly as the nation’s motor road network expands.