Came last week the first Italian radio broadcast to the U. S., and the first broadcast by Signore Benito Mussolini in English a language he learned on a promise.*
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! " so loud, so clear, so utterly without a trace of accent were the Dictator's opening words that thousands of Americans jumped, marveled.
Accent came with the next words. Try 'as he might Il Duce could not keep up the pace he had set with "ladies and gentlemen." His Italian larynx clipped "people" first to "peepl" and finally to "peep." His "the" gradually became "t."