6 DECEMBER 1919, Page 1

The King of Italy opened the new Chamber on Monday.

It had been rumoured that the Socialist Deputies, now a hundred and sixty strong, would try to shout him down. They contented themselves with retiring in a body, while the majority of the Deputies heartily acclaimed the King. In his speech the Kinf disclaimed on Italy's behalf any Imperialistic ambitions. Italy': aspirations had not, he said, been considered on all sides in a spirit of justice, though she had obtained some of her natural frontiers. " The defence of the Italian populations in the Adriatic constitutes for• us an imprescriptible right and justice." We comment on the Italian question elsewhere.