ITALY: Smart Bruno

The Fascist-controlled press of Rome displayed last week a little story, perfect as a gem, concerning small Bruno Mussolini, 9, younger son* of II Duce. Bruno's schoolteacher, it seemed, was recently examining him in grammar and desired to elicit the information that, in Italian, a verb may take the imperative mood in the second or third person but not in the first. "Now Bruno," said the examiner, "tell me in what person one cannot command."

Bruno, obviously puzzled and apparently ignorant upon this point of grammar, showed himself the smart son of...

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