ITALY: The Prince's Prince

In a private nursing home at Rome last week meningitis brought Death to a prince unique in the quarrelsome and stingy house of Caetani which traces its descent with certainty for eleven centuries and boasts among its collateral ancestors two Popes, Gelasius II (1118-19) and Boniface VIII (1294-1303).

In Italy today Benito Mussolini is "The Prince" (i. e. the State) as imagined by Niccoló Machiavelli. Different was Prince Don Gelasio Caetani who died last week. He closely fitted the ideal of Erasmus: "The Prince exists for the sake of the State."

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