ITALY: Notes, Sep. 1, 1924

The body of Deputy Giacomo Matteotti, assassinated some weeks ago by some person or persons unknown, but suspected and in custody awaiting trial (TIME, June 23 et seq.), was returned to the dust in the cemetery of his home town near Rome. Soldiers paid him military honors for the State; 8,000 persons attended the funeral.

In the crypt of St. Peter's, a tomb lay covered with flowers. Heavy candles diffused their ethereal light, revealing black-draped and kneeling figures, bent in devout prayer. A slight murmur of subdued voices disturbed the restful silence....

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