INTERNATIONAL: Island Diplomacy

Ordinarily in April the delicate scent of almond blossoms wafts across Stresa's azure lake, agreeably perfuming the beauteous little Italian town. Last week Stresa's 2,000 inhabitants were outnumbered by Fascist detectives, police and militia protecting the lives of Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald and his Foreign Minister Sir John Simon, Premier Pierre Etienne Flandin and his Foreign Minister Pierre Laval and Benito Mussolini, Duce del Fascismo e Capo del Governo who is his own Foreign Minister. All one could smell was fresh paint.

Brass Tacks. Either the Stresa Conference was going to induce...

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