ITALY: Benito the Silent

On political matters Premier Mussolini has maintained an oysterlike silence for some weeks.

A short time ago (TIME, Dec. 24), Mussolini advised the King to adjourn Parliament. Ever since politicians have been speculating upon the Premier's next move, but they have received no word or sign from him.

Three weeks later (TIME, Jan. 14), the time limit set upon Premier Mussolini's dictatorship expired. The Premier made no comment. Pre-election commentators received a boost and went on writing about the next election. That was all.

Now the meeting of the Fascista Grand Council,...

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