ITALY: Hot Coal

"This is a sore spot that had better be left untouched," snarled vitriolic Editor Virginio Gayda last week in Rome's semiofficial Giornale d'ltalia. The sore spot was on the Italian economic body, but ignoring Italian wincings, Great Britain proceeded to prod it. Despite an Italian protest "in firmest language," 13 Italian colliers bound for home with 100,000 tons of German coal had been stopped, after due warning that the shipments must cease, by British warships as they sailed from Rotterdam. They had been escorted through the Channel mine fields to The Downs,...

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