A charge of "truckling to Mussolini" was hurled by Liberal and Labor news organs, last week, at Sir Austen Chamberlain, His Majesty's lanky, imperturbable Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
The imputed truckle was Sir Austen's failure to protest, last week, after two Fascist detectives in Milan had assaulted, clubbed and kicked not merely a British subject but Captain Delafons.
The captain is known officially as a "King's Messenger" and popularly as a "Silver Greyhound." He is one of only 25 picked diplomatic couriers who have the right to wear as a distinctive badge a small silver coursing greyhound.
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