RACES: What We Call Cornuto

A Negro maid to an Italian mistress sat in the witness chair of a Brooklyn, N. Y. divorce trial last week "making horns." Carrie Cooper raised her hands to her forehead, sticking up two fingers, and made a laboriously ugly face. That, she said, was what her 36-year-old mistress, Mrs. Josephine Marotta, had done behind the back of her old husband, Giacomo, who is just twice her age.

The Brooklyn judge did not understand why this slight gesture was considered important testimony in a divorce case. Court Interpreter Vincent D'Agrossa volunteered to explain....

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