Italy at war and the allies in the west . t,and therefore within easy striking distance ofTrieste, Fiume, and Pola, and because through-out Venetia Austrian spies abound, Venice is aclosed city. It reminded me of a beautifulplayhouse which had been closed for an indef-inite period: the fire-curtain lowered, the linencovers drawn over the seats, the carpets rolledup, the scenery stored away, the great stageempty and desolate. Gone are the lights, themusic, the merriment which made Venice oneof the happiest and most care free of cities.Because of the frequent air raids—Venice hasbeen attacked fr

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Italy at war and the allies in the west . t,and therefore within easy striking distance ofTrieste, Fiume, and Pola, and because through-out Venetia Austrian spies abound, Venice is aclosed city. It reminded me of a beautifulplayhouse which had been closed for an indef-inite period: the fire-curtain lowered, the linencovers drawn over the seats, the carpets rolledup, the scenery stored away, the great stageempty and desolate. Gone are the lights, themusic, the merriment which made Venice oneof the happiest and most care free of cities.Because of the frequent air raids—Venice hasbeen attacked fr
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Italy at war and the allies in the west . t,and therefore within easy striking distance ofTrieste, Fiume, and Pola, and because through-out Venetia Austrian spies abound, Venice is aclosed city. It reminded me of a beautifulplayhouse which had been closed for an indef-inite period: the fire-curtain lowered, the linencovers drawn over the seats, the carpets rolledup, the scenery stored away, the great stageempty and desolate. Gone are the lights, themusic, the merriment which made Venice oneof the happiest and most care free of cities.Because of the frequent air raids—Venice hasbeen attacked from the sky nearly a hundredtimes since the war began—the city is put tobed promptly at nightfall. To show a lightfrom a door or window after dark is to invite adomiciliary visit from the police and, quitepossibly, arrest on the charge of attempting tocommunicate with the enemy. The illumina-tion of the streets is confined to small candle-power lights in blue or purple bulbs, the weak-ened rays being visible for only a short distance.. The Work of the Hun. The Chiesa degli Scalzi, in Venice, whose ceiling, by Tiepolo, was one of themasters greatest works, has suffered irreparable injury from a bomb dropped byan Austrian airman.

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