AUSTRIA: Two Men in a Boat

Statesmen of small countries have to do undignified things. Last week small Austria's minuscule Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss (he is less than five feet tall) flew to the Adriatic beach resort of Riccione for a conference with Premier Benito Mussolini, found him swimming offshore and disinclined to come in. For Chancellor Dollfuss to have waited abjectly on the beach would have been too undignified. He hired a small skiff, rowed out to where Il Duce was floating on his back.

After a few words of greeting, Dictator Mussolini grabbed the edge of the skiff...

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