ITALY: Stella Roma

With emotions somewhat like Noah's when the dove brought the olive twig to the Ark, Romans learned last week that the first civilian train since the armistice would soon chug down to Naples. It will take the Stella Roma (Rome Star) twelve hours to make the 135-mile run that crack trains used to make in less than four hours. But to Italians, who for a year and a half have known the isolation, despair and hunger that follow the collapse of a highly developed technological civilization, the wail of the Stella Roma's whistle would seem almost to announce the end...

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