CALIFORNIA: RoBerTo Checked

Last week the authorities ordered 18 Italian-Americans excluded from the San Francisco military area as dangerous to security—the first such action against white citizens. The wonder was that it was not done earlier: everybody heard about the goings on in the North Beach Italian colony. Fascists there used to say RoBerTo as a greeting—Ro for Rome, Ber for Berlin, To for Tokyo. Italy sent teachers, books and medals for the Italian schools. Mussolini won a popularity contest hands down over Franklin Roosevelt.

The ousted Fascistophiles included a publisher, a lawyer, a dried-fruit dealer and...

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