Foreign News: 2687th Birthday

Rank on rank, Fascist crowds piled into the spacious Piazza Venezia last week to honor the 2687th birthday of Rome. Nervous after an exhausting week in which he had endeavored to balance Italy's lopsided budget by cutting government salaries from 6% to 12%, ordering rents and the prices in government-controlled stores reduced from 12% to 15%, and raising bachelors' income taxes 10% and 25%, Benito Mussolini strode to the balcony to make a speech.

Suddenly he found himself hemmed in and surrounded by the black silent ears of innumerable microphones. Irritably he swept the...

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