Foreign News: Meaning of Death

Hot on the heels of Il Duce's recent threat to punish speculators and dishonest financiers with "Death" (TIME, Oct. 13) followed, last week, drastic action —though not quite so drastic as might have been expected.

For years officials of the Ministry of Justice have been drafting a new Italian Commercial Code but Signor Mussolini, fired with his new idea, could not wait last week for his legal myrmidons to finish. Summoning his Cabinet, he slapped upon the table a decree already drafted.

Approval was instantaneous. Bang into Italy's commercial statute books went not "Death"...

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