ITALY: Umbrella

Far more familiar to Europeans than Anthony Eden's famed black Homburg is British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's black, rolled umbrella. Last week a newshawk from the London Daily Express sought out the salesman from whom Mr. Chamberlain bought it. With characteristic British clarity, the salesman described it: "It's what one might call a Rolls-Royce of an umbrella, natty but quiet, solid but a light dasher. The sort of umbrella which becomes part of a man, if I may say so."

Mr. Chamberlain has come to regard his gamp as a necessary part of...

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