The April 23 1938 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail contained two references to Italy, which I found amusing when compared with one another.
In 1938, of course, Italy was controlled by the Fascists and “Il Duce”, Benito Mussolini. One Toronto clergyman made this the subject of a sermon in Massey Hall:
The pact of friendship that Dr. Shields is referring to is the Easter Accords.
Compare this to the ad that appeared in the travel section of the same paper:
It’s a little disconcerting to see an ad for Mussolini’s Italy as a tourist destination, but I have no idea whether tourists would have been safe there in 1938.