Europe: The August Catastrophe

The full force of the midsummer madness struck Western Europe last week. Bulletins on French radio had the urgency of war communiques: "The traffic jam is now approaching Lyon . . . It is now impossible to pass through Avignon . . . Accidents have blocked all roads into Aix." In Italy, three-quarters of the population of Milan fled the city. Rome, Florence, Naples and Genoa were dead, and Capri, Elba, Rimini and Viareggio as jammed as Coney Island on the 4th of July. Thousands of vacationers had to stand twelve hours in...

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