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With or without malice aforethought Dictator Benito Mussolini picked October, one of the hottest months of the whole Eritrean year, to send short-legged, barrel-chested King Vittorio Emmanuele III on his first visit to Eritrea.

Eritrea, as Italians are proud to recall, is the first colony of any consequence which their young kingdom wrested from Abyssinia (in 1889 when the Kingdom of Italy was only 28 years old). Last week with all her pennants flying the royal yacht Savoia steamed into Massawa, a hot spot on the Red Sea even hotter than...

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