ITALY: The Great Wash

The black shirt, it has been frequently alleged, was adopted by the Fascisti on account of its utilitarian color. Premier Benito discovered, however, that certain kinds of spots show up most plainly, and to the quiescent but intense discomfiture of thousands of Fascisti, he ordered the first general wash of black shirts.

The stain which Benito was endeavoring so nobly to remove from the Black Shirts (the Fascisti) was made by the supposed murder of Deputy Giacomo Matteotti by some Fascisti (TIME, June 23 et seq.). The whole story has now come...

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