ITALY: Trial Run

In a sleek, blue Lancia with bright red wheels, pale-faced Dr. Alcide de Gasperi rode through Rome last week to the closing session of the interim consultative assembly. As the Foreign Minister's car passed the round, ancient bulk of the Castel Sant' Angelo, a pistol bullet smashed through the Lancia's front windows.

Deep in thought Dr. de Gasperi absently murmured encouragement to his frightened chauffeur. At Montecitorio Palace Dr. de Gasperi, no paler than usual, said nothing of the attempt on his life. Reporters were told that he "resumed his thinking" a moment or so after the shot was fired.


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