PAPAL STATE: Ultimate Accord

Across his breast was the sash of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus; he wore too the Cross of Malta and Collar of the Annunziata, which gives its wearer the right to call Italy's King "cousin." Arrayed in such dignity but brusque as ever, Benito Mussolini last week strode up the marble stairway that leads to the damasked Hall of Congregations in the Vatican.* In his pocket was a Bank of Italy check for 750 million lire ($39,225,000) and a certificate for one billion lire...

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