, AN ITALIAN SCANDAL. , ; -■[. Thjg popular feeling in Rome over the Nasi #■:'<■'_■ .case has scarcely subsided when another big ;i ; national scandal has been forced upon the attention of the country in the revelations '• of a Parliamentary Commission relating to the gross mismanagement of State funds in '/ the erection of the new Palace of Justice in . Rome, ) , -, This mammoth and absurdly over-decorat-id Renaissance building which rises on the -banks of the Tiber over, against the Castle • - ,of San Angelo was begun 19 years ago. It was.to be completed within six years, at a total outlay of £320,000. It Is still ' far , from finished, but has already cost over a ~ million sterling, while it is calculated that ; ; a ; further £600,000- will be swallowed up in ',; putting the finiwhing touches. Moreover, • the contractors have succeeded in obtaining judgment against the State Administration ■for a sum close upon a quarter of a million sterling for work beyond the limits of their „, agreement. " : : :'■ ".•'.:'.'-' . ...■' '; When the works were much too far advanced to bentopped it was realised that the plans were altogether unsuitable for. law courts, 'and ;a subsequent project for converting the huge pile into Houses of '(. Parliament had to be abandoned as even more impracticable, since utility has been so iacrified to architectural caprice that there is not a decent-sized hall in the whole block. ;; ,i . -A similar wicked waste of public, money i is observable in regard to the unfinished ; .national monument to King Victor Emmanuel, which has been in building on the slopes of Capitaline Hill during a couple of decades. The Parliamentary Commission attributes '*■•'■ Ibis costly fiasco to the neglect of previous p : &linisters for Public Works.
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