It was almost like old times. The post cards had gone out, demanding attendance at another "spontaneous" rally. Students and party hacks clustered before a cheer leader directly under the lofty balcony.
The chant "Doo-chay, Doo-chay, Doo-chay I" urged Mussolini to make an ap pearance. He did. For the first time since Dec. 11, 1941, he lifted up his chin and spoke in the Piazza Venezia.
"It was seven years ago," he boomed, "that we were gathered here in the square to celebrate the conclusion of a campaign during which we defied the world and opened new avenues of civilization."