FRANCE: Under the Sod

With members of the Chamber of Deputies on holiday last week, brawny French workers lit into the legislature's garden with pick & shovel, began excavating a huge crater. In it will be constructed a bombproof shelter in which, during future air raids, the world's first subterranean parliament may some day sit.

Paris newshawks learned that not only Deputies but also clerks and the Chamber's whole staff of functionaries will get comfortable offices under the sod. Special safety doors are planned to permit members of the underground Chamber, in case of dire emergency, to escape directly into Paris' immense sewers—a connection that...

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