ITALY: No. 1 Facist

Returning alone and tired to his Villa Torlonia home one evening some years ago, Benito Mussolini decided on the spur of the moment to go into a cinema. He entered and took a seat, unrecognized. Presently, his own limber face flashed on the screen. Everyone present stood up and applauded, except Il Duce. His secret enjoyment of the demonstration was interrupted by a man behind him who leaned over and whispered: "Better stand up and clap, pal. They'll arrest you if you don't."

This incident, which is supposed to have happened early in the...

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