Umberto Terracini, president of Italy's Assembly, is affectionately known to his fellow Italian Communists as "The Brain." Last week The Brain ached.

U.S. Newsman Kingsbury Smith of International News Service had quoted Terracini as saying: "The United States [should] cease interfering in the internal affairs of European states. . . . This rule also applies to Russia as well."

Next day, top Communist Palmiro Togliatti gave Communist Terracini a public dressing-down. The Italian Communist Party announced officially that Terracini's interview "expresses the false and dangerous tendency of putting on the same plane...

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