ITALY: Mortuary Salute

Whenever a man high in Fascist favor dies, the procedure of His Excellency Benito Mussolini is the same. Dressed in braided morning coat and black silk Fascist shirt, he marches into the presence of the dead, stands stone still at Fascist salute for two full minutes, then turns on his heel, departs. His Excellency behaved thus a little over a year ago on the death of Marshal Luigi Cadorna, Italy's Wartime Commander-in-Chief, disastrously defeated at the battle of Caporetto (1917). Last week he gave his mortuary salute again at the bier of Minister...

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