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their separate cemeteries. On the highest of the peaks there is the tall monument to the Polish soldiers who burst the blockade of Montecassino at last. I walked to it in the rain and on around the slender shaft until I came to the side where the inscription is written in English. "For our freedom and yours," it says, "we soldiers of Poland gave our soul to God, our life to the soil of Italy, our hearts to Poland." "We soldiers of Poland. .."itsays,butit could also read truthfully, "We soldiers of Carthage ... " or of Greece or Araby or France or Austria. Many soldiers of many lands gave their lives to the soil of Italy, and on their way to their destinies, left in the fabric of Ital ian civilization the marks of their cultures the Greek temples of Paestum, the Renais sance buildings of Urbino, and Africa in the dark eyes of Sicily. A visiting priest came by with a small camera. "In the abbey," he told me, "they do not hate those who dropped the bombs. They forgave before the dust had settled, as they 616 forgave the Lombards and the Saracens and the French who also destroyed Montecassino. "I am not a Benedictine, but I know them for men of unswerving faith. They do not doubt the ultimate triumph of the peace of God, and so can forgive the wayward chil dren of God who break it from time to time. "Everyone should come here to see and feel and hear as we are doing now. I think they might then have the faith of the Bene dictines." I offered him a lift down the mountain, but he declined with a smile. "I go the other way, over the hill to the German monument, the one to my own com rades of the sad days." He walked away in the rain. Neapolitans Enjoy Magnificent Views Naples, called Napoli in Italian and Napule in the dialect, is the great city of the South. Like Algiers and Rio and San Francisco and Cape Town and the other most beautiful cities, it starts at the edge of the sea and climbs a curve of hills (page 618).