ITALY: Closed for Shame

The sullen olive groves and dwarf wheat fields around San Severo, on the spur of the Italian boot, have long bred Communists. Working for as little as 64¢ a day on land they could never buy, the San Severini were eager listeners to Communist organizers, who promised "The land will be given to you when Palmiro [Togliatti] is Premier of Italy."

Slow-moving and small-scale though it was, land reform last spring began to come from Premier Alcide de Gasperi's Christian Democratic government in Rome, and to seep down to the cactus-studded plains...