While all the world was hearing of the overthrow yesterday of Arulfo Arias. President of the Republic of Panama and a graduate of the Harvard Medical School, his nephew, Gilbert Arias '43, sat quietly in his room relieved by the news that the family were all safe but tight-lipped on the situation in his home country.
"I don't know any of the events leading up to this, but I know my uncle did leave the country Tuesday morning, two days before his cabinet appointees took over the government in the coup d'etat yesterday," he said. "He and my father, who was President from 1932 to 1936, have disagreed on many points since his election last year, but I am glad to hear he is safe. After all, he is my uncle."
At mention of pro-Nazi sympathies ascribed to his uncle, Arias merely smiled and said, "his was a nationalistic government." He had nothing to say as to the future of the present regime pointing out that it was too soon to tell.