ITALY: Battle of the Babes

Many an Italian is oftener a father than Il Duce. It only seems as though placid, soft-eyed Donna Rachele Mussolini bore a bouncing bambino every twelvemonth. Last week it was a mere girl-child— scarcely a major victory in the "Battle of the Babes"* which Dictator Mussolini keeps urging all Italian males to fight along with the "Battle of the Grain" (TIME, Oct. 24, 1927, et seq.). When cables flashed news of this latest (fifth) Mussolini offspring, to be called "Anna Maria," observers plotted a battle...

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