ITALY: Hero of Istria

A U. S. minnow was last week the hero of Istria.

The Peninsula of Istria is on the east shore of the Adriatic. Istrians were Austrians from 1813 until 1919 and speak mostly Slavonic. Many are Croats and Slovenes.

They became Italians after the War when victorious Italy claimed Istria at the Peace Conference to help "make the Adriatic an Italian lake." Italy cared little about the grapes, cattle and lumber that grew on Istria's terraced plateau; Italy wanted a naval base. But when the Italian Government took a closer look at its new...

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