Stn.—Lest English Catholics and their friends suffer any delusions about the people of the Tyrol under Italian rule, kindly allow me to sum up my impressions after a tour of Bolzano, Merano and Breese none, extending almost to the Brenner Pass.
Formerly German, these Catholic folk evince happiness and prosperity amid their lovely surroundings, and any report of repression is as false as the " red " propaganda from Spain. The young people accept their assimilation by the courteous Italians with spontaneous joy, while the beautiful old men and women mix German and Italian in their speech and place their children's interests above their own conservatism.
When a priest, born in Munich, a scholar and a traveller, honoured me with his confidence, he explained the situation of the Tyroleans transferred to victorious Italy in 1919.
"None has ever expressed to me the wish to return to the past nor complained of any injustice or sternness. The tact of the Italian soldiery, the courtesy of the Italian officials and the smartness and culture derived from Italian influence have turned them quickly into loyal and enthusiastic citizens. They are very sentimental and with the eclipse of the Hapsburg dynasty, the hold, that the old order might have had, disappeared. Tradition, which they honour, takes the form of their religion and their political preference is unanimously monarchial. So the Tyrolean allegiance to the House of Savoy is natural and complete."
So, in this modern chaos of exploitation, agitation and unscrupulousness, it is well to leave the Italian Tyrol as I have found it, a district peaceful, contented and sane in contrast to other parts, where other peoples' business has became an obsession.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy.