INTERNATIONAL: Toasted Entente

Secret diplomacy as practiced by Benito Mussolini led in Rome last week to an Italo-French entente of first importance for the peace of Europe. Everything was done, from first to last, in a fashion exactly opposite to that favored by the League of Nations and such optimistic conferencophiles as silver-haired, silver-tongued James Ramsay MacDonald.

To Rome went that swarthy, thick-lipped, beady-eyed onetime butcher boy, His Excellency Pierre Laval, French Foreign Minister. There was nothing democratic about his reception. In Il Duce's opinion the sloppiness of Democracies leads to tragedies like the assassination...

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