SWEDEN: The Christmas Caller

Alberto Bellardi Ricci, Italian minister to Stockholm, was about to take his new post as full-fledged ambassador to Chile. He was a kind, popular diplomat and sorry to leave his Swedish friends. "However," he said, "I shall return." On Christmas Day, in high spirits, he gave a farewell party in the legation's sumptuous dining room. Maria, the maid, brought in a letter. Legation Secretary Marquis Gian Gaspari Cittadini-Cesi looked at the disjointed scrawlings. "This man is mad," he told Ricci. "You should not receive him."

Said Minister Ricci: "Let us be kindhearted....

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