ITALY: Scandal After Birthday

"I ORDER THAT THERE BE NO PUBLIC OBSERVANCE OF MY BIRTHDAY."

So read a memorandum boldly scrawled by Benito Mussolini last week, shortly before he achieved age 46. Next morning, spruce and whistling, he stepped from his Roman residence, slipped behind the wheel of a low-slung Alpha Romeo roadster. Venturesome, a correspondent asked why there would be no public birthday observance, received for his pains a blasting, withering glance.

"Rest assured it is not because I dislike being a year older!" flashed II Duce as he engaged the...

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