intrigue and spying for the C.I.A., so that his smiles are skimpy and few. Even Dick Tracy seems to be trying to tell us something in adventures attendant to Moonmaid, though he seems to lose his nerve on the hair-pin turns. I think ole Dick is trying to say that this particular Moonmaid is trustworthy, noble, kind, goodand tame. But don’t, I feel he is saying to me via trusty wrist-radio, trust them as A Race or next thing they’ll be wanting to marry us or go to school with us. God help the Earth Man. Observations Patzcuaro, Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico Patzcuaro is a town where 12,000 people live, a Spanish colonial town of adobe walls and adobe-tile roofs on the bank of the lake around which the ancient Tarascan Indians made their lives and their straw sculptures of power and superstition. It is in the state of Michoacan, in Mexico. Walk down a street, by the rows of sheds, open at the middle for courtyards, all of them connected by the common walls, and the thought may occur to you, of the children and the other people walking and idling along the cobblestones, “This is the only home they have. They cannot go any other place. This is the only home they have.” Buses are cheap in Mexico, and many of the people go to Mexico City, but there things cost more, and although they make more, they have less. Sometimes they come back to Patzcuaro, in the crotch of hills, only a little above the lake by the same name, where the fishermen take the small whitefish in their nets, and charge a peso or two to let tourists make pictures of them as they. fish. There are not many tourists, because while they come through in droves, they flow through quickly, overnight, as though through Patzcuaro’s alimentary system, if it had one. 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