ITALY: Back to the Ranks!

Almost any morning even highest officials of the Fascist Party and the Italian Government may read in the papers that Il Duce thinks they should "return to the ranks." Each man named then obediently writes in longhand some such letter as was penned little over a year ago by Augusto Turati, then Secretary-General of the Fascist Party (TIME, Oct 6, 1930):

Duce:

A year and a half ago I begged you to let me return to the ranks without asking position or pension. You responded with an order to remain. I obeyed...

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