ITALY: Reconstruction

The 30th anniversary of King Vittorio Emanuele's reign, celebrated last week at Rome, and Prime Minister Benito Mussolini's 47th birthday, enthusiastically observed at Milan, was chosen by the Italian Cabinet as the day on which to announce its appropriation toward rebuilding the houses demolished fortnight ago when temblors cracked Italy's ankle from Naples to Bari (TIME, Aug. 4). One hundred million lire ($5,260,000) was set aside for the erection of several hundred "anti-seismic"* houses in the devastated region, for destroying uninhabitable dwellings, for shoring up those which are salvageable.

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