Foreign News: Bravo!

Last week the people of Venice noted the 100th anniversary of what they believed to be the first air raid in the history of war. Unlike the people of Hiroshima in 1945, the Venetians of 1849 had plenty of warning that something bizarre was coming off. The Austrians, who perpetrated the deed, allowed rumors of a "secret weapon" to reach Venice in advance, and one Venetian artist drew a picture of what he thought would happen (see cut) and peddled it in the streets.

Venice, which had revolted against Austrian rule and proclaimed a republic, was under Austrian blockade by land &...

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