The Press: Deadlines & a Gold Watch

"The atmosphere of Italy," wrote Anne Elizabeth O'Hare McCormick, "is like that of a warm day with an undercurrent of icy wind. . . . It is an odd combination of hopeful reconstruction and fearful suspense. Nowhere has the Communist victory in Czechoslovakia caused such reactions of glee among Communists and gloom among anti-Communists."

Would the weather be warm or icy after the Italian elections April 18 (see FOREIGN NEWS)? The New York Times's roving columnist-correspondent made no predictions. But, she wrote urgently, "everyone in the arena knows that the battle is as...

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