The past week in Rome was, as in other parts of the world, seven days long, but to Italians it must have seemed like seven ages.
In the midst of a perfect pandemonium of insults, assaults, challenges, blows, accusations, threats and other manifestations of a risen anger, Benito Mussolini, Premier of Italy, held his ground.
To a group of Fascist editors he said:
"This is the first of a series of meetings which will show the indestructible power of Fascism. It is grotesque to judge a battle or a war by the first maneuvre....