THE GAZZETTA ITALIANA- ASSERTS RUSSIA RECIEVED CLOTHING DESTINED FOR ITALIAN RE

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THE CAZZSTTA ITALI&MA ASSERTS RUSSIA RECEIVED CLOTHING DESTINED FOP- ITALIAN REI-IEF

"The Italians In America have been discourared by disclosures that supplies already gathered for Italy were sent to Russiaront-page English-language editorial in the anti-United Nations and formerly pro-Fascist Seattle weekly Gazzetta Italians uly. The newspaper blames the Administration for the "series of snaps' attendant upon the organisationational apency for the collection andof used clothing to Italy. As an alternative, the editorial urges that Italian-Americans be permitted to send packages of clothingto Italians or Italian towns of their choice, without "all this organization and red tape." "Is thore no one in the administration whose job it is to make things easy instead of difficult?" The Gazzetta'a assertion about the Russian destination of supplies oollected for Italy may be founded on nothing more substantial than the elaborate series of insinuations contained in Luigi Criscuolo's English-language column of the same issue. (Criscuolo has for months in his aonthly newsletter. The Rubicon, attempted to discredit committees organized to supervise campaigns for Italian relief. Excerpts have been regularly republished by the Gazzetta. as well as by othor newspapers of similar outlook.) In the Gaazettguly Criscuolo writes that

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Riven by Josephavies, former U.mbassador to the Soviet Union, and some anti-communists have been saying that Davies will put one over on all of the concsittees that are collecting clothes by sending the whole batch to Russia instead of to the other countries to which it might originally be destined. Se hope that ruaor is not correct. But, in anywe warn the Penan Catholic Hierarchy to be sure that the clotbinp; it collects will really reach Italy and not the Soviet Union."

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