ITALY: Jester & Aunt B

Catholic Italy is not like Catholic Malta, whence last week Pope Pius XI received a sharp rebuff. In Milan one Eugenio Bassani, shopkeeper, recently spoke his mind. Last week he was convicted of "speaking ill of the Pope," was fined 1,000 lira ($52.39), sentenced to six months in jail.

Criminal Bassani was proved by the Crown Prosecutor to have "uttered several vulgar phrases" when two women entered his shop to buy white and yellow cloth. He had jumped correctly to the conclusion that they intended...

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