ITALY: Beleaguered Island

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power. . . . Revelation 9:3.

Seven UNRRA specialists flew from Italy to Sardinia, island of clannish shepherds and tiny donkeys. From the sky the experts saw what looked like blobs of molasses oozing over green baize. Their task was to stop the oozing—the relentless march of billions of locusts.

Sardinia's invader (Dociostaurus maroccanus) somewhat resembles the red-legged grasshopper of the U.S. Peasants have fought them every year in the memory of man, but never on such a scale. Since the last week in April, every...

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