ITALY: Benvenuta

The Stars & Stripes fluttered from the mainmast as Italy's sleek new liner Andrea Doria docked at Naples last week with the first woman envoy ever sent to Italy, U.S. Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce. As the gangplank went down, dignitaries rushed aboard with flowers for the ambassador, and 120 photographers and newspaperman, mostly Italians, followed in a torrent.

The new ambassador, informally dressed in a grey wool jersey dress and tan polo coat, was quickly caught up in the crush. Crowded from corner to corner by the eager cameramen, she could scarcely get through a statement—mostly in careful Italian—that she...

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