ITALY: Period of Repose

Often has the government of stern Dictator Benito Mussolini demanded stiff sums from Italian taxpayers. But last week // Duce was in relenting mood, perhaps because a neighboring dictator had just fallen (see p. 21).

To a delegation of Italian mayors, grouped about him in a respectful crescent, the Prime Minister thundered with energy and prudence:

"We are now the giant with steel tendons which is Fascist Italy! We can take a little rest in order shortly to accelerate the tempo of our march. All public works not strictly necessary must be postponed. We...

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