THE NATIONS: Without Incident

A full six hours before the American Export Lines' Exilona made port, Italian divers were busy beneath the waters of Naples harbor looking for mines. Just over their heads navy patrol boats bumbled to & fro; above them, planes of the Italian air force watchfully circled the sky. On the shore, soldiers in tanks and jeeps patrolled the approaches to the waterfront, and Neapolitan police guarded a dock entirely surrounded by barbed wire.

As the first shipload of U.S. arms to reach Italy under the U.S. Military Assistance Program approached its wharf last week, Naples was prepared for anything. But when...

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