ITALY: Ciano on Crisis

When terse, provocative Benito Mussolini feels that someone in authority should ramble on to the Italian people in soothing, fireside-chat fashion, Il Duce is apt to set his Foreign Minister and son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano, a-chatting. In Rome last week the Chamber of Fasci & Corporations convened, Mussolini sitting quietly amid his newly revamped Cabinet (TIME, Nov. 13), and the Count talked for an hour and 53 minutes, mainly about how World War II began and why Italy is jolly well staying out of it.

Count Ciano was in frequent, close and friendly personal contact...

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