Letters, Oct. 14, 1935

"Barbarous" Italy Sirs: If because of "emasculation, not only of adults but of boys and babies captured during raids, and commerce in eunuchs, which is still flourishing," Baron Aloisi, Italian representative at Geneva, condemns (TIME, Sept. 16) the Ethiopians as a barbarous and uncivilized race-what about the vaunted civilization of the Italians, who, for profit and gain during the centuries before the accession of Leo XIII to the Papal Chair, in 1878, castrated 3,500 Italian boys annually? Many died from the horrible operation; but the castrati, who survived and whose voices acquired the...

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