ITALY: Judge Mussolini

L'Onorevole Mussolini returned last week to his birthplace, Predappio, donned a fore and aft cap a la Sherlock Holmes, confined himself to a vegetarian and lactic diet, and proceeded to till fields, raise callouses.

All this and more he did to speed the hours of a brief vacation and reinvigorate his health.

In the village Brusque Benito was greeted by enthusiastic natives who held in his honor a baby show, then a beauty show. Of both bambinos and signorinas II Duce was judge.

Afterwards Predappio's "Our Benito" displayed knowledge of the Christian names of all the villagers, chaffed them in the...

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