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Machaerus and Masada. The Jewish historian Josephusstates that aRoman army "took that cit adel which was in Herodium together with the garrisonthat was in it." However, there is a per sistent story on the West Bank that a heroic defense similar to that at Masada occurred at Herodium. Since we could not confirm it, we said that it is a story. Italy In your February 1984 article on Italy, you report a small conspiracy in the making, supposedly overheard in a Florence restaurant. I am truly impressed by Mr. Ellis's fluency in Italian, so sel dom found among Americans. If the conversa- tion truly had happened, I am sure it would have been whispered. Such presumed conspiracy well fits the main theme of the article, striving to por tray the common view of Italians as a people on a cheating spree. In dedicating your article to cheaters, smugglers, and nouveaux riches, you have typically neglected the majority of hard working, honest Italians who do not accept the obvious shortcomings in their society as compla cently as you do. Mario V. Bonaca Glastonbury, Connecticut In regard to the sterling article "Surviving, Ital ian Style" by William S. Ellis, I commend your Come to Canada.