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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - June 6, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia
National Library of Australia t. O Connor son Ltd office showroom and works 158 curbs Street. Hot water engineers plumbers & contractors centred 2349 3-lines in the absence of. Sulla who is on vacation we reprint from time 5/5/47, the following vividly Tritten article on the situation in Italy. Decline and fall j Taly in the belated Spring of 1947, looked deceptively like a country in Happy convalescence. From the to Down to Palermo Fields were Green and Fertile and the people were hard at work. In the Northern cities Many factories were going full blast and foreign visitors marvelled As they had before at the patched up trains running on time. Fruits vege tables and meat choked City markets. But the markets were Black markets. The picture of Brave Prosperity was false and its Bright colors hid festering dirt and dangerous ten Sions. Inflation went unchecked. Unemployment was nearing the two and a half million Mark. In Rome foreign minister count Carlo Sforza was on his Way to the foreign office when a crowd surrounded his car and mauled him. Cried Sforza i know you want bread i work 16 hours a Day so you la get the bitter reply you work but we can the government a paralytic coalition of Christian democrats communists and socialists was bogged Down in tripartite squabbles too Many of the people merely said the government bores in the cafes along Rome s via Vit Torio Veneto Tweedy men and chif fond women of one of the oldest handsomest and Rotten est aristocracies in Europe munched Europe s Cream est Cream puffs. At Rosati a they sipped their martinis under the Blind eyes of an ominous 7-foot statue of Augustus Caesar Rome s first emperor tyrant. And Only five Miles away in an almost perfect Circle stretched the filthy swarming Man heaps of the roman slums. The worst of them was nicknamed Shang Hai which to italians is a synonym for total degeneracy. Here 15,000 romans lived in one room shacks watermarks on the Walls above bed level told of rain and mud floods. Said one of Shanghai a citizens last week this is Rome the eternal the Beautiful. We Are unique. We Are migrants from Italy who never left he coughed. Communists Christian democrats socialists i Don t know what we Are. Well follow whoever gets to us first and will get us out of the communists were getting to them first. In the entire italian scene the communists seemed to be the Only people who knew what they wanted and How to get it. And so while the world barely noticed it the incredible had happened. Communism had All but conquered Italy. Neighbor to eternity the obstacles had seemed towering. There was the Vatican raised in immovable majesty above men and nations a neighbor to eternity. There was the ancient land which had seen the works of roman reason and Chris Tian Faith. There was the Echo petrified and arrested in time of the world s greatest spirits which made even simple 20th Century peasants somehow contemporary and Kin to a Vinci and Michelangelo. Yet a band of conspirators whose Faith was a tenth As old As the simple Stone Cross in a Village Church could Cap Ture these works and values capture the very proofs that Man forever stained by blood and mud could nevertheless be Humble free and great. The West made it easy for communism to forget All about principles and values. And talk to the people of bread. That was what happened in traditionally conservative Sicily. In last year s referendum on the monarchy 68 per cent of the sicilian peasants had voted for the King. In regional elections last week 34.5 per cent of the voter s cast their ballots for the left. The Christian democrats were second with 20 per cent., the Qualin quist monarchist bloc third with 14 per cent. The rest of the votes went to minor parties. This foreshadowed a communist socialist majority in the National elections next october. Spaghetti and Tea part of the reason for the communist Success was furnished by count Ernesto Perrier Leader of Sicily s badly shaken right Wing coalition. Acknowledging his Side s in sufficient concern with the people s urgent economic needs he said grimly our Emblem should have been a plate of Spaghetti with a an even More interesting though dishonest explanation was furnished by communist Licausi for the communist party there is no question of world revolution but of feeding and democratising the people. We plan no soviet Here. We want the. Big Feudal land holdings re commentary on world affairs distributed but we respect All properties below 100 hectares 247 acres. And that is a Good sized piece of property. We want Industry. We want to put the Idle to work. Capital will find All the guarantee it needs.". That was the current communist line and that was the not very secret weapon of italian communism. It was not Only sicilian peasants who fell for it. Chirped a milanese Debu tante last week communism does t prevent you from listening to music sipping Tea or eating this Bird brained Little socialite a fellow traveller like Many other italian Blue bloods would think just what Palmiro Togliatti alias Ercole Ercoli alias Mario Correnti wanted her to think. He was out to conquer an essentially anti communist people through bloodless democratic Means. In just three years he had worked a political Miracle. In the name of the lord one Day 54 years ago churches in Genoa As everywhere in the world were overflowing with holy Joy in commemoration of Christ s entry into Jerusalem. The priests read the gospel Hosanna to the son of David blessed is he that cometh in the name of the then the congregation clutched Palm branches. Meanwhile in Genoa s drab via Albergo Dei Poverki Street of the Hostel of the poor son was born to a poor government Book keeper. Because it was Palm sunday the child was named Palmiro. Nowadays atheist Togliatti firmly clutches the Palm Branch. Recently in the italian Assembly one of his Christian Democrat opponents ended a bombastic speech with an Appeal to the blessed Virgin the next speaker Windly evoked the holy ghost. Communist Togliatti did not reply with dialectical materialism instead his steady voice crackled out the first commandment to Sono in Signore Dio Tuo. His fellow legislators cheered. Young Palmiro Learned theological disputation at Turin University where he won a Law scholarship. Later he went into socialist journal ism. In 1921, he was among the men who led the left Wing s secession from the socialist party and founded the separate communist party of Italy. Five years later when Mussolini s police were begin Ning to make things hot Togliatti fled to France. The Battle of the cities one Way to Tell How the Battle is going is to list the cities the communists have taken Over through their victories in municipal elections. Such cities As Sofia and Bucharest and Belgrade have always seemed to be on the other Side of the Moon. But the red Flag flies also Over cities that hold the West s most poignant memories Virgil s Mantua Ambrose s Milan Ferrara the City of Lucrezia Borgia a woman the communists would have appreciated Learned and turbulent Bologna Dante s soft sym metrical Florence Dandolo s capitalist Venice. The communists hold leghorn where Shelley spent some of his waning Days and Galileo s Pisa and Parma famous for violets and Toscanini. The people of these places Are not communist dominated in the Eastern sense they Are ruled by communists because they voted for communists. The spectacle was too much for Many anti communists. Constant de feat at the hands of an enemy whose might was plainly visible and yet elusive As a Shadow put a crippling psychological Strain on communism s enemies. Not All were driven As far As Giuseppe rap Elli Christian democratic labor Leader who tried to break communist Giuseppe Divit Torio s Iron grip on the labor unions and is now in the Hospital with a nervous breakdown. But All seem paralysed to ineffectual Ity a prey to fear and doubt. The Battle of the parties Jast june the Christian demo cratic party communism s strongest enemy polled Over 8,000,000 votes. But it slowly dissipated this advantage by failing to carry out any of its promised social reforms by letting the communists steal its Thunder on every major Issue such As the Lateran pact and by being just Plain badly organised. Italian socialists were frustrated in another Way. Demagogic Pietro Nenni head of the socialist party is caught in the communist line though he still claims to be Independent. To a . Newsman he explained last week the communists Are Here. I would be very Happy if they weren to or if we had a communist party the size of yours in the . That just in t the situation so we have to work along with Nenni s own followers have taken to calling themselves Nenni the dissident anti communist socialists under Giuseppe Sara Gat have made no Progress since their secession time january 20. The one anti communist party which has done relatively Well is Giannini s Neo fascist common Man movement which appeals to Many disillusioned Christian democrats. It Points up the obvious but disastrous desire which helped Hitler and Mussolini to Power to fight communism with typical totalitarian methods. Against the false teachers Japhen is there no Hope in Italy except communism Many italian democrats still refuse to believe it. The . Could help they feel by substantial Loans by softening the peace treaty terms and by steering Elear of italian reactionaries. What is needed beyond this is the kind of moral Effort a biographer put into the Mouth of St. Dominic whether Dominic actually said it or not the words Are a Call to men everywhere who face the communist threat. When papal Legates the Story goes came in splendor to help him fight the albigensian heretics of Southern France St. Dominic entreated them thus 1 it is not by the display of Power and pomp a cavalcade of retainers and richly housed Palfrey nor by gorgeous apparel that the heretics win proselytes. It is by zealous preaching by apostolic humility by austerity. Zeal must be met by Zeal humility by humility false Sanc Tity by real Sanctity preaching false Hood by preaching truth. Sow the Good seed As the heretics sow the bad. Cast off those sumptuous Robes. Send away those brightly Capar ironed Palfrey. Go Barefoot without purse or scrip like the apostles. Out labor out fast out discipline these false teachers is Dominic s austere fire burning in Rome last week in the fifty seven restaurant on the via Veneto the waiters solicitous by snipped the hard edges off the ome lets they served. A motor car Salesman reported that he had sold 26 Alfa Romeos in one morning for a total of 260,000 dollars. To Day s Protection to Morrow s Security. Life Assurance is unique Fer almost by a Mere stroke of the pen a person can create an estate or in crease an existing one make provision for old age or untimely death of the breadwinner pay off mortgage on a Home or farm assist with death duties education of children or provide a Ift to Charity or a bequest to a Mission. Inquiry invited to australian metropolitan life Assurance company limited incorporated in Queensland 1895. Assets Over �3,250,000. South australian Branch 22 Waymouth Street Adelaide. A. B. Bolton manager. St. Aloysius seven Hill Corpus Chreti eucharistic procession sunday 8th june most Bev. Do. T. Mccabe Bishop of Post Augusta. Will preside at these functions archbishop injured in car crash London May 6.archbishop Walsh of Tuan Ireland was injured when his car crashed into a Wall whilst returning from a confirmation Cere Mony. A Donkey walked in front of the car and caused the chauffeur to run into the Wall. The archbishop had to have several stitches in his lips and was confined to bed for a few Days. Prams Cane furniture attractive Wicker Frame with Boll top Wither hoods strap swung gear Nickel fittings also Cane lounges chairs etc., for Sun room or Verandah. S. Allen manufacturer 90 Queen Street Norwood. Buy direct i phone f 0160
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