ITALY: Pistol Shot Tempo

Lloyd's odds on war between Britain and Italy relaxed last week from 11-to-7 against the conflict to 11-to-1. The two kingdoms were in dickering contact at Geneva (see p. 17). But in Rome cautious Dictator Mussolini figured on a "possible double cross" by Britain, France or both. Steaming up Italians to fury at sanctions as the "vilest and meanest" of measures, II Duce prepared to meet them after Nov. 18 by suppressing last week all publication of Italian trade and financial statistics, so that League States that wish to chisel on...

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