AUSTRIA: Mortal Stab

Stertorian grunts of wrath and the banging of doubled fists on tiny cafe tables disturbed a balmy Vienna afternoon, last week, as excitable Austrians forgot their tall foaming glasses of amber beer and devoured lurid headlines.

MORTAL STAB TO AUSTRIA!! screamed virtually every newspaper in Vienna, except the Reichspost, circumspect Roman Catholic organ of tall, stern, stoop-shouldered, beak-nosed Monsignor Ignaz Seipel, Chancellor of Austria.

The headlines topped reports of a furious oration by Pan-German Deputy Deutsch: "Austrians!! Today the Italians have erected at Bolzano, overlooking our frontier, a monument and an inscription which reads: Here Are The Frontiers Of Our Fatherland ....

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