The Press: What Happened?

The difficulty of winnowing fact from fiction in reports out of Fortress Europe was pointed up for U.S. editors last week:

¶ Edouard Herriot had not died last fall, as Gripsholm repatriates reported. From the underground last week came word that France's aging (72), ailing Elder Statesman was alive, at his home near Lyon.

¶Vittorio Orlando had not died under Gestapo guns, as British newsmen in Switzerland reported. From the Rome radio last week came a denial of the story. From Italy's aged (84), retired World War I premier came an alleged comment: "If...

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