ITALY: Winter's Tale

Ever since Boccaccio or before, Italians have had a saying: "Se non é vero, é bene trovato—It may not be true, but it's a good story." Last week, according to the A.P., Italians were telling this tale:

Dora Camusso, who lives in a village near Rome, sold some cattle for 180,000 lire. Bandits are numerous in Italy, and she worried about taking so much money home. So she stopped at her brother's house and asked him to go with her. He was too busy, he said, but he gave her a pistol. On the way she met two villagers, who...