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TIIE STOIIY Tills FAK: American
troops, taking part In the Invasion of
Italy, arrived at the seaport town ot
Adano. Major Victor Joppolo, f rum
Ilrooklyn, New York, was in charge a»
the Anient officer. Willi him was Ser
geant Leonard north, to serve as M.P.
In charge of security. The Major Im
mediately began to Interview the citi
zens of Adano, In order to determine
their needs, lie was determined that
nothing would be lelt undone which
would Improve their conditions and make
their lives more pleasant. With Uorth,
Major Joppolo Inspected the former Nazi
headquarters, which he was to use as
his office, lie spent bis first hours get
Major Joppolo said: "Do not bow.
There is no need to grovel here. I
am only a Major. Borth here is a
Sergeant. Are you a man?"
Little Zito was getting very mixed
up. "No sir," he said cautiously.
Then he saw by the Major's expres
sion that he should have said yes,
and he did.
The Major said: "You may greet
me by shaking my hand. You will
greet Sergeant Borth in the same
Borth said, and his expression
showed that he was teasing the Ital
ian: "First I will find out if he's a
Little Zito did not know whether
to laugh or cry. He was fright
ened but he was also flattered by
these men. He said: "I will never
lie to you, Mister Major, I am anti-
Fascist, Mister Sergeant. I will be
Major Joppolo said: "Be here at
seven o'clock each morning."
"Seven o'clock," said Zito.
A brief burst of machine gun and
/ifle fire echoed from distant streets.
Borth said: "You are perhaps a
man but you are also frightened."
Major Joppolo said: "Has it been
Zito started jabbering about the
bombardments and the air raids.
"We arc very hungry," he said
when he had cooled down a little.
"For three days we have not had
bread. All the important ones ran
away and left me here to guard the
Palazzo. The stink of dead is very
bad, especially in the Piazza San
Angelo. Some people are siek be
cause the drivers of the water carts
have not had the courage to get
water for several days, because of
the planes along the roads. We do
not believe in victory. And our bell
Major Joppolo said: "Your bell?"
Zito said: "Our bell which was
ieven hundred years old. Mussolini
took it. It rang with a good tone
each quarter hour. Mussolini took it
to make rille barrels or something.
The town was very angry. Every
one begged the Monsignor, who is
the uncle of the Mayor, to oiler
some church bells instead. But the
Monsignor is unele of the Mayor,
he is not the sort to desecrate
churches, he says. It meant we
lost our bell. And only two weeks
before you came. Why did you not
"Where was this bell?"
"Right here." Zito pointed over
nis head. "The whole building tin
gled when it rang."
Major Joppolo said to Borth: "I
saw the framework for the bell up
on the tower, did you?" Then he
added to Zito: "That is your reason
for warjting us to have come sooner,
Zito was careful. "Partly," he
Now Major Joppolo said in Eng
lish more or less to himself: "It's a
nice picture, I wonder how old it is,
maybe it's by somebody famous."
The Major went to the desk, pulled
out the high-backed chair and sat
in it, carefully putting his feet on
the scrollwork footstool.
Borth said: "How does it feel,
The Major said: "There is so
much to do, I hardly know where
Borth said: "I know what I must
do. I've got to find the oflices of
the Fascist Party, to see if I can
find more records. May I take the
Mister Usher and look for the Fas
"Go ahead, Borth," the Major
When the two had left, Major Jop
polo opened his brief case and took
out some papers. He put them in a
neat pile on the desk in front of
him and began to read:
"INSTRUCTIONS TO CIVIL AF
FAIRS OFFICERS. First day: En
ter the city with the first column.
Cooperate with C.I.C. in placing
guards and seizing records. Place
all food warehouses, enemy food
dumps, wholesale food concerns,
and other major food stocks under
guard. Secure an estimate from lo
cal food distributors of the number
of days of food supplies which are
on hand or available. Make a re
port through channels on food situ
ation in your area. See that the fol
lowing establishments are placed
under guard or protection: foun
dries, machine shops, electrical
works, chemical plants, flour mills,
breweries, cement plants, refrigera
tion plants, ice plants, warehouses,
olive oil refineries, sulphur refiner
ies, tunny oil mills, soap manu
facturing plants, and any other im
portant establishments. Locate and
nuike available to port authorities
all known local pilots. . .
And he read: "Don't make your
self cheap. Always be accessible to
the public. Don't play favorites.
Speak Italian whenever possible.
Don't lose your temper. When plans
fall down, improvise. . .
That was the one he wanted.
When plans fall down, improvise.
The door opened. A man came
in whose appearance was vaguely
familiar to Major Joppolo. The Ma
jor realized later that he had seen,
not this man, but several who looked
just like him, in bad American mov
ies. He was the type of the second
rate Italian gangster, the small fel
low in the gang who always stood
behind the boss and who always took
the rap. He had the bald head, the
"I could do a good job for you."
weak mouth. He had a scar across
his cheek. His eye was furtive and
he had the appearance of being will
-1 ing but in need of instructions.
[ He said in English: "You pull up
a flag. War's a finish here in Ada
The Major said: "Yes, who are
The Italian said: "I'm from a
Cleveland, Ohio. I been here a
three year. You got a work for
Major Joppolo said: "What's your
The Italian said: "Ribaudo Giu
seppe. In a Cleveland, call a mo
Major Joppolo said: "What can
Ribaudo said: "I'm a good Amer
ican. I'm a hate these Fascisti. I
could do a good a job for you."
Major Joppolo said: "If you're
such a good American, why did you
leave the States?"
Ribaudo said: "I'm a kick out."
"I'm a no passport."
"How'd you get in, then?"
"I got a plenty friends in a Cleve
land and a Buffalo."
"What did you do in the States?"
"Oh, I work a here, work a
Major Joppolo was pleased with
Ribaudo for not trying to lie about
his illegal entry and repatriation.
He said: "Okay, I'll hire you. You
will be my interpreter."
"You don't a speak Italian?"
"Yes, but there'll be other Ameri
cans here who don't, and I may
need you for other things, too. Do
you know these people well, do you
know who's for us Americans and
who's against us?"
"Sure, a boss, I help a you plen
"All right, what did you say your
"Ribaudo Giuseppe, just a Joe for
"No, we're in Italy, I'll call you
Giuseppe here. Just two things now,
Giuseppe. You've got to be honest
with me; if you're not, you'll be in
bad trouble. The other is, don't ex
pect me to do you any favors I
wouldn't do for anyone else, see?"
"Oh sure, a boss. You don't a
"Now tell me, what does this town
need the most?"
"I could a go for a movie house,
"No, Giuseppe, I mean right
"Food, a boss. Food is a bad
now in Adano. Three days a lot a
people no eat a nothing."
"Why is that, because of a short
age of flour?"
"No, everyone been a scared.
Baker don't a work, nobody sell a
pasta, water don't a come in a
carts. That's all, a boss."
"How many bakers are there in
But before Giuseppe could answer
this question, there were two simul
taneous knocks on the door, one
strong, and one weak.
"I open 'em up, a boss?" Giu
seppe was at least eager.
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Giuseppe hurried down the long
room and opened the door. Two
men almost tumbled in. Both were
well dressed, and had neckties on.
One of them was quite old. The
other was very fat and looked forty.
They hurried down the room, and
each seemed anxious not to let the
other get ahead of him.
The old one said in English, with
a careful British accent: "My name
is Cacopardo, at your service, Ma
jor. I am eighty-two. I own most
of the sulphurs in this place. Here
Cacopardo is sulphur and sulphur is
Cacopardo. I wish to give you ad
vices whenever you need of it."
The fat one, who seemed annoyed
with Cacopardo for speaking first,
said in English: "Craxi, my name
I have a telegram."
Major Joppolo said: "What can I
do for you gentlemen?"
Cacopardo said: "Advices."
Craxi sa>d: "Telegram."
Cacopardo said: "The Americans
coming to Italian countryside need
some advices." The old man looked
straight at Giuseppe the interpreter
and added: "I wish to advise you
to be careful, in Adano are many
men who were illegal in America,
some men too who were condemned
to the electrical chair in Brooklyn
of New York."
Major Joppolo, seeing Giuseppe's
embarrassment, said: "Giuseppe, I
want to speak to the priest of the
town. Will you get him for me?"
Giuseppe said: "Which priest, a
Cacopardo said: "In Adano are
thirteen churches, Major, and in
some, like San Angelo and San Se
bastiano, are two or three priests."
Major Joppolo said: "Which
church is best?"
Cacopardo said: "In churches
ought not to be good and bad, but
San Angelo is best, because Father
Pensovecchio is best of all."
Major Joppolo said to Giuseppe:
"Get him for me, will you?"
"Yes, a boss," Giuseppe said, and
When he had left, Major Joppolo
said to Cacopardo: "Is this Giuseppe
fellow not to be trusted?"
Cacopardo bowed and said: "I
mention only the electrical chair, I
am not one to name the names."
Major Joppolo spoke sharply:
"You said you came to advise me.
I must know about this Giuseppe.
Is he to be trusted or not?"
The old man bowed again and!
said: "Giuseppe is a harmless one."
The fat Craxi was growing very
annoyed that Cacopardo was getting
all the attention. He said: "I have
a telegram. Please to deliver."
Major Joppolo said: "This isn't a
telegraph oftice. There's a war go
ing on. Do you think we have noth
ing better to do than deliver tele
Craxi was apologetic. "I am anti-
Fascist. I have a telegram. You
are the one who can deliver it." And
he pulled out from his pocket a
piece of ruled paper, folded four
ways and pinned shut with a safety
pin. He handed the paper to the
Major, who put it down on his desk,
to the disappointment of Craxi.
The Major said: "You say you've
come to advise me. Then tell me,
what does this town need the most
Cacopardo said: "It needs a bell
more than anything."
Craxi said: "Foolishness, a bell.
More than anything, to eat is neces
Cacopardo said: "The town needs
its bell back. You can always eat."
Craxi, who had been rather slight
ed in the conversation anyhow, now
became quite angry. "You can al
ways eat, you Cacopardo," he said.
"You have a million lira, you sul
phur. You can eat, but not all the
people here can eat." And he turned
to the Major: "To eat here is most
necessary, more necessary than any
Cacopardo broke into furious Ital
ian: "Fat one, you think only of
your stomach. The spirit is more
important than the stomach. The
bell was of our spirit. It was of our
history. It was hung on the tower
by Pietro of Aragona. It was de
signed by the sculptor Lucio de Anj
Craxi said in Italian: "People who
are very hungry have a ringing in
their ears. They have no need of
Cacopardo said: "By this bell the
people were warned of the invasion
of Roberto King of Naples, and he
was driven back."
Craxi said: "People with malaria
also have a ringing in their ears."
Cacopardo said: "The bell warned
the people when Admiral Targout
brought his French ana his Turks to
this place in 1553 and burned many :
homes and churches, and all that
was left in the Church of Our Moth
er was the little silver crucifix which
you will see now in the Church of
The Major said in Italian: "We !
have no time for this recital. I \
wish to know what things are press
ing and must be taken care of at !
Craxi said: "I have spoken. Food ■
is the first thing."
Cacopardo said: "The bell must '
be taken care of at once The bell i
did not warn us of this invasion, 01
we would have been in the streets
with flowers to welcome you."
(TO UE CONTINUED)
BY HAnni.n r. U'NDQIJIST, n D.
Of Th# Moody liible Institute of Chicago.
Keleased by Western Newspaper Union.
Lesson for February 11
I.esson subjects mid Scripture texts ge
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Cmuiu H of Religious Kducation; u&ed by
JFSI'S AND THE TWELVE
T FSSON TEXT—Matthew 10:1, 3-8: 11:1,
cor. DEN TEXT—Ye nre my friends. II
y° 'lo whatsoever I command you.—John
Service for Christ has not always
been as impressive and effective as
it should be because it has lacked
conviction and spiritual power. God
did not intend it to he the weak and
faltering thing that it often is, be
cause of our failure to go God's way.
The sending out of the twelve had
i«pt»eial significance, and yet it
brings forth principles which have
a bearing on the service of every
believer in Christ.
Th" Servants of Christ—
I. Have a Divine Commission (10:
1 he twelve disciples had already
been rolled into the Lord's service.
Now they wore to be prepared f r
the service which was ahead. It
was a time of commissioning and
empowerment for service.
God calls men today to serve Ilim.
In fact, there is a very real sense
in which every Christian is called to
serve. Let no one try to excuse him
self from that responsibility and
To some comes a special call to
leave their accustomed daily work
and launch out into a broader serv
ice for Christ. When that time
comes, we may go forth with the
assurance that the power of a divine
Saviour goes with us. The twelve
disciples had some special powers
which we do not have and do not
need. God suits the power to the
need, and that means that in every
circumstance we may look to Him
with assurance, and go on.
One of our difficulties in dealing
with such matters as spiritual power
is that we interpret the things of the
realm of the spirit by physical stand
ards and measurements. We are so
quick to say "I cannot" on the basis
of our logical human reasoning,
when an appreciation of the power
of God which is operative on our
j behalf would make us say with con
fidence, "I can." But, sadly enough,
having left God out of our rcckon
; ing, we find that it is indeed true
: that we cannot.
Serving Christ means doing so in
His power, and with His grace upon
us. Nothing less will do! Nothing
more is needed!
11. Declare a Divine Revelation
The messenger's responsibility
and importance are largely deter
mined by the nature of the mes
sage he has to convey. Particularly
is that true where the message must
pass through his personality and thus
be proclaimed. The nations of the
earth choose their most able men
to be their ambassadors and grant
them full power.
The glorious thing about being a
messenger fur God is that we carry
no ordinary communication. What
we have to present is far above the
most important message any earth
ly ambassador could possibly have
We, the children and servants of
God through Jesus Christ, have
something direct from the throne of
God. He has revealed it (v. 25),
and it seemed good in His sight to
give it to those who had the childlike
faith to believe Him.
God's revelation is hidden from
those who are wise in their own con
ceits, who are too proud to come by
way of humility and faith. Thank
God, some of the wise and mighty
of this world have been willing to
become as little children and learn
at the feet of Jesus.
The encouraging thing about it is
that the door is open to the sim
plest believer to trust God, to take
the revelation of God's truth in His
word, and give it out with grace and
111. Extend a Divine Invitation
"Come"—what a blessed word for
the needy and sinful! They are not
to be shut out by their sin, nor to be
hindered by their weakness. The
door is open, and the invitation is
to come. Why not respond?
To whom are they to come? To
Jesus. There are times when men
can help us, when friends or church
officers or the pastor can give us an
uplifting word of counsel and en
couragement. But for salvation, for
a real lifting of the burden from the
shoulders of those "that labor and
are heavy laden," there is no one
We are privileged to invite people
to Jesus, knowing that if they
"learn" of Him (v. 29), they will
not only have their loads lifted and
find rest, but will enter into a bless
ed yoke, fellowship with Him in life
His is a wholesome or a kindly
yoke. That is the meaning of
"easy" in verse 30. It is not always
easy to serve Christ, but being yoked
with Him in a kindly fellowship
of service makes the burden light.
The world is full of tired and dis
couraged people. We who know
Christ have the adequate answer to
their need. Shall we not go in His
name to present the truth to them
and invite them to come to ChristT
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