MEXICO: Stab in the Pouch

Last June 10, at Charlottesville, Va., President Roosevelt slapped Benito Mussolini with his "Stab-in-the-Back" remark. Last week Franklin Roosevelt & Co. jolted Mussolini again. Mexican officials said they acted on a tip from the U. S. State Department when at a border station they pounced on the Italian Legation pouch en route from Washington to Mexico City and broke its seals in violation of the diplomatic immunity of the Italian courier.

In the pouch was found $2,000,000 in U. S. currency, and by inference this branded the Italian Minister to Mexico, Count Alberto Marchetti di Muriaglio, as a major paymaster...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!