ITALY: Immortals

Cardinal Richelieu founded the French academy of 40 "Immortals." Benito Mussolini went Richelieu 25 better by found-ng the Italian academy of 65 "Immortals." That Mussolini's "Immortals" have turned out to be a luckless lot was sardonic news that leaked past Fascismo's censor last week.

Because they are not his friends, Il Duce saw no reason for including among his "Immortals" the inventor of wireless telegraphy, Guglielmo Marconi; the foremost Italian philosopher, Benedetto Croce, or that orchidaceous but heroic poet-conqueror who stole Fiume for grateful Italy, Gabriele D'Annunzio.

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