ITALY: Willing Umberto

The leaders of Italy's anti-Fascist parties last week made a compromise. They had been confused by Anglo-U.S. dithering, chivvied by Russian pressure, adamant in demanding the abdication of little King Vittorio Emanuele III. Into this deadlock stepped the King's heir, six-foot Umberto, Prince of Piedmont, with an offer to become his father's keeper while the old King kept the crown. By no means fond of Umberto but for want of anything better, anti-Fascist leaders were in a mood to accept.

The offer was made in the best tradition of royal intrigue. Through the...

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