Up from the azure waters of Capri last week bald, cerebral British Foreign Secretary Sir John Simon rose on the wings of an Italian seaplane piloted by Ace Major Attilio Biseo, veteran of the Balbo flight to Chicago. Beside Sir John sat the Duke of San Vito, a secretary in Il Duce's Foreign Office. To discuss Dictator Mussolini's bold plan to "reform" the League of Nations (TIME, Dec. 18) Sir John had come from London, pausing to enjoy the holidays at Capri before getting to business.

Swooping down, the seaplane landed just...

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