National Affairs: Detroit for Naples

Three weeks ago Italy asked the U. S. to close its consulates at Naples and at Palermo, Sicily. Official reason: both places might be bombed, and U. S. consuls hurt. One suggested reason: Fascists did not want the U. S. to know too much about those strategic industrial and military centres.

Last week Secretary Hull informed the Italian Government that its request would be complied with. At the same time he requested that two Italian consular offices in the U. S. be closed. The two—far more important to Italy than Naples and Palermo were to the U. S.: Detroit (with jurisdiction over...

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