WITH THE UNIVERSAL fertility of the poor, the Puerto Ricans kept shooting children like cannon balls at the rigid walls of their economy. The fact that the economy stopped expanding with the advent of the world depression, that it actually began to contract, increased the emotional need for the bombardment. Children kept coming; the population kept growing; the means for supporting the population diminished. In that vicious downward spiral, something was eventually bound to give. That something came to be the revolutionary 1940 election. Meanwhile, however, and despite Washington's best efforts, Puerto Rico reflected the general unrest which marked the entire Caribbean area during the 1930's. Tensions mounted; anti-American feelings increased noticeably. To many it seemed that independence was the only possible cure. They (and I) were convinced that if the United States did not soon do something drastic about Puerto Rico the colony would blow up in our hands like a firecracker that we had held too long. We were too prone to look to Washington for cures. But nothing really effective happened until Muñoz turned to his own people instead of to the ruling country, until he sought cures in the human spirit of the Puerto Ricans themselves.