ITALY: The Third Choice

For days beforehand, news stories went round the world direly reporting that nothing less than freedom itself was at stake in Sicily. And as the time came for Sicilians to elect a new regional assembly, Christian Democratic orators by the Fiat-ful raced about the island tirelessly echoing the warning of Italy's Premier Antonio Segni: "We must be on our guard if we are not to awaken in the bear hug of Communism."

Last week, in hundreds of arid mountain villages and scores of swarming coastal towns, the citizens of semiautonomous Sicily quietly went...

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