Foreign News: Weasel

Exact dynamic utterance is expected from the lips of Signor Mussolini. His capacity for being clear amounts to genius. He likes to be clear. Yet he can use weasel words.* The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli's great handbook of statesmanly dissimulation, has been studied long and passionately by Benito Mussolini—on his own confession. Last week II Duce explained to U. S. newsgatherers why he has suppressed the liberty of Italian newsorgans. Weasel words fell from his lips, not sullenly, not haltingly, but with bland, urbane facility:

"The provision effecting revocation until further order of the licenses...

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