ITALY: Sea Power

Signor Mussolini sped up the valley of the Tiber from Rome last week—up and up to crag-defended Perugia, the capital of Umbria. There he conjured a vision of sea power before men whose lives and thoughts are among mountains. Il Duce del Fascismo, smoldering-eyed, retold the ignominy of Rome before Carthage in the days when "Romans could not even wash their hands in the Mediterranean without permission from the Carthaginians."

Turning from despair to triumph, he sketched a broad, flamboyant panorama of the potent quinquerernes* which carried two Roman armies to Africa for the...

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