International: The Way of All Flesh

Giovanni Mannu, 37, a careworn Sardinian coal miner with a red mustache, went to bed one night as usual—a poor proletarian who had pledged his faith and taken out a card in Italy's Communist Party. Next day he was rich.

Mannu had won the Totocalcio (national soccer pool); the 8¢ he had ventured got him a glittering $123,000, great' est bonanza in Totocalcio history. Kinfolk and friends gathered round to celebrate. So did Mannu's comrades.

The party photographed him, sporting a borrowed tie, against a party poster of an old woman begging alms. A...

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