MALTA: Devil's Work

Maltese rejoicings at the narrow escape of Prime Minister Baron Strickland from a would-be-assassin who fired at pointblank range (TIME, June 2) were about to culminate in the singing of a glad Te Deum in St. John's Cathedral at Valletta last week, when suddenly this hymn in praise of God for what he had done was countermanded by Archbishop Caruana.

Among the ignorant rabble a fearful rumor spread: the fact of three misses at close range was the work not of God but of the Devil! An assumption grew that the Death of...

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