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J.P. Morgan to join with king in mafia fight through education

ROME, March 19, 1909 (UP) - King Victor Friday received J.P. Morgan and asked the assistance of the American financier in plans to wipe out the black hand and similar criminal societies in the United States through education.

King Victor believes that ignorance is the principal cause of criminality among Italian emigrants to America and proposes to overcome this with a chain of night schools in Italian centers of the United States, under control of Des Planches, the Italian ambassador at Washington.

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The king has subscribed liberally toward the project, but is unable to bear the entire cost and so has appealed to rich men of America to assist in financing the project.

He has written personally to Rockefeller, Carnegie, the Astors, Goulds, Vanderbilts and others.

"I will be happy," Morgan told the king, "to contribute to this cause and to do anything that will create any new bond of friendship between the United States and Italy. I regard the educational plan as a wise one."

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