The youth

The 'holy water and then "The tail of the devil"...



Released by the college, had no difficulty in finding a job (which he could always good). He stopped so Como, which left only for military service, he was stationed in Mantua, in the artillery, with the task of autiere,where achieving the license to drive trucks. (Driving Permit, which years later on the shores of Lake Como, at the historic Aliverti the driving school, perfected up to the attainment of the " E Publish ", ie the maximum of licenses at the time).Fulfilled his military service, he joined the State Police, assigned to the Department of Celer Milan, also as a driver. He then, after the firm, resigned, motivated by bad experiences, such as stone-throwing in the streets of the fifties. In fact, the agents in those days, were without guards and the place of the fighting was really hell.
After that experience, he returned to Veneto, where his father was now living with another woman, with whom he had a son and a new family. Despite this, the relationship with his father is not sloped never, I always had a great respect. He found work in a factory, but there remained a lot and view Ia family situation, decided to leave, to leave again Veneto. He left, but where you do not know, as little is known of the following years were spent where, as they passed, and with whom. He spoke very little even in the family. Therefore remains a gap of about six years, during which, probably, had wandered For Italy. Certainly lived for some time in Rome. One evening - said the child - vaguely hinted at a romance lived in the capital, dating back to those years. Rarely came out of his mouth and some small detail, when it happened, the evidence was not sufficient to construct a plot, but enough to understand that his life had been distracted, spent wandering from town to town.
Another detail that supports this hypothesis goes back to another episode, during a "round of cards," as he called them. In some periods of the year took with him the inseparable Piacenza deck of cards, the standard deck of forty cards, and he went to the grottos and in the taverns of the Ticinese there reading the cards to anyone who wanted it. In return for a free offer, which is not always consisted of money, I would just a simple coffee or even a cigarette, so that the karmic debt due at the time of consultation was welded and not fall on the consultant. It happened that one day, along with his son, who went to Gandria, a small village on the shore of Lake Lugano, Ticino, to deliver a framework to order. The buyer was waiting in a bar near the shore, and there came the bargaining. At the end of the talks, which was successful, the client went away. The owner of the place, a friend of Umberto, brought two new pitchers of beer and asked for a "round of cards." Accepted. He pulled out the deck, shuffled it and he lifted his left hand, then laid the cards on the table in a particular way, called "devil's tail" and divined. Some customers, curiously, also wanted them to know their fate. The "speed" multiplied and the beer went down. Umberto, who was not a drinker, he found himself a little 'tipsy, made a final round of consultation, then put the cards. It was then that the owner of the restaurant sat back down at the table and asked him a question, he asked him where he had learned this art. Accomplice alcohol, spoke. He said he had a woman in Modena who had attended for some time and who introduced him and taught him the art of cartomancy. He added that not everyone can dowse and that he, showing his left hand, he had the gift, that is a vein in the shape of "S" that crosses the line of life. Told to have inherited from a predecessor, a tradition that was handed down in the family by the name of "Donna Silvia." It was believed that the ava resided at the court of the Doge, covering precisely the role of teller. Remember that in the family, at year end, it was customary consult the cards on the year to come, and also point out that rarely divination was wrong in so well (unfortunately) and for worse. Therefore remains the emptiness and mystery that accompanied those years. One of the assumptions of that period could be that sometimes the entourage of family, it was rumored for a brief period in "Legion" from which punctually, as he did for colleges and police dealt with. But this is a mere supposition ...

L 'avventrice asked for a round of cards ...

Portrait of woman with bottle and glass - 2003 Blood with gouache on CIAT culture-yellowish 49.5 x67, 5 cm

1953, the "flying squad"

An image of Woodns to twenty years in the state police.

A deck of cards Piacenza.

...Modena  a woman, probably his mistress ... He introduced and taught him the art of cartomancy.

Merit of a Venetian ancestor, "Woman Silvia", the ability to dowse ..

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