ITALY: Royal Resignation

Compressing all Italy's transatlantic carriers into the Italian Line was one of Benito Mussolini's biggest business deals (TIME, Oct. 26, 1931).

Soon after M. S. Rex broke down at Gibraltar, fortnight ago, Rome heard rumors that His Royal Highness Prince Luigi of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi, would resign as president of the Italian Line because of the breakdown.

Furious at such insinuations, His Royal Highness said when he resigned last week, "My reason is that I have been unable to achieve harmony among executives who formerly headed competing lines."

Embarrassed, but unable...

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