ITALY: Three-Year War

Benito Mussolini stood last week four-square on a package of exploding firecrackers. Zing!—the British Navy blanketed the Suez Canal. Zip!—Italian submarines prepared to counter with "maneuvers" across Britain's communication lines in the Mediterranean. Pow!—Ethiopia's Emperor tried to hand over the better half of his realm to Standard Oil (see p. 23). And bang! bang! bang!—Italian guns fired live shells over Italian troops advancing in war games along the Austrian frontier, killing one trooper and wounding two others as they charged up a hill with the King and Mussolini looking on.

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