Letters, Nov. 19, 1934

Duce's Pants


TIME, Nov. 5 said "Starting a new slum clearance drive in Rome, Benito Mussolini bounded to the roof of a moldering hovel, swung a housewrecker's pick with spectacular results. As Il Duce's suspenders snapped and he grabbed for his trousers. . . ."

The news photographs from Rome this week picturing Il Duce striking the blow with his pick, also plainly show him wearing a belt out-side a sweater.

One surmises that:

a) either the photograph was taken after the suspenders snapped, and II Duce had borrowed a belt.

b) or that...

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