Foreign News: Mafia Trial

More than a year has sped by since, at Premier Mussolini's orders, the dread Mafia (or Black Hand organization) was hunted down on the island of Sicily, captured, jailed. For centuries the Mafia protected Sicilians while the island was under foreign rule. When Italy became unified in 1870, the Mafia (in reality a coalition of gangs) turned brigands and terrorized the island ruthlessly. Not until the advent of Signor Mussolini and his Fascist! has any government dared to put down their wholesale lawlessness, although many half-hearted attempts have...

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