PLAIN PEOPLE: Hopes

Outside Rome's most elegant hotel last week a tattered legion of would-be emigrants kept watch by one of Europe's few exits. When Juan Peron's Government announced that Argentina wanted manual workers (TIME Jan. 27), hundreds of Italians streamed through the plushy corridors of the Grand Hotel, where the immigration commission was set up. After a few days of this, the management brushed them out through the revolving door towards the rainy Piazza, dell' Esedra. Here, under the pampered ilex trees, they waited their turn, munched bread and cheese, lounged against the new...

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