Foreign News: Decrowd Your City!

How you going to keep 'em

Down on the farm After they've seen Milan?

To answer the above question Prime Minister Benito Mussolini moved last week with cold and drastic vigor. In a circular letter received by each Italian podesta (mayor) the Dictator commanded: "Decrowd your city."

Decrowding should be accomplished, continued Signor Mussolini, by deporting back to the countryside peasant families and individuals who have recently moved cityward. The results to be expected from "a vigorous enforcement of decrowding" are, according to Il Duce: 1) Rural begetting by deported fathers of more babes than they would beget in cities; 2) Relief of urban...

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