ITALY: Parliament Opens

At Rome two humble composite minions took up the task of pleasing Dictator Mussolini once more. They were La Camera dei Deputati and Il Senato. Together they formed perhaps the most enthusiastically abject Parliament ever assembled upon the Seven Hills.

La Camera warmed to its work with the presentation to Il Benito, amid stentorian cheers, of a sheaf of laurel—a token of the Deputies' relief at his escape from assassination (TIME, Nov. 16).

Twitching impatiently at a laurel twig, the Premier suffered himself to be congratulated for a few moments. Then the twig...

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