Perugia felt himself a national hero
"I'm fully conscious of beingrs-waut.of national fcfero," he said. "I have re stored to my country a priceless treas ure. I am an obscune workman. Dur ing two years I have been longing for this day. No one ever thought the "Mona Lisa" might be stolen by a simple' workman, as though a workman could not be an artist and a patriot. Unless the picture is given back to the Louvre, I am satisfied to ahihit it In the Galleria de Gli Uffizi. This is all I ask. As for myself, I do not want anything. The love and gratitude of all Italians are more than sufficient to me."