Bucharest (Dec. 15)
Hungarian Nationalists Said To Have Provoked Roumanian Riots For Double Purpose (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The theory that the anti-Jewish pogroms in Roumania are to be traced to the activities of the anti-Semitic International, working this time mainly through the channel of the Hungarian anti-Semitic organizations, striving to accomplish two purposes, to hurt the Jews and to promote the political interests of Hungary, was forwarded here as an explanation of the events of the past week.
It is stated that this anti-Semitic organization hired agent provocateurs who worked among the Roumanian nationalistic students, inciting them to the outrages against the Jews. The funds came, it is asserted here, from European sources, the same sources which lent financial support to the recent riots in the Hungarian universities against the Jewish students.
The Hungarian Nationalists are declared to have a double purpose in creating anti-Jewish demonstrations in neighboring states. They are doing this partly so that the Hungarian student outrages do not stand out alone, but their more subtle political purpose is to make both the Magvar and Jewish populations in Transylvania regret more bitterly their detachment from Hungary.
Agents of this organization are said to be under arrest among those taken.
The National Association of Hungarian College Students has issued an official challenge to Roumanian students to meet them in duels, a despatch from Budapest to the “New York Times” states. The Hungarians propose reviving the ancient Roman custom of choosing several leading fighters to meet the Roumanian leaders. preferably in Switzerland.
The Hungarians conclude their chalenge with the words: “We hope that the Roumanian university men who attacked unarmed civilians will not prove themselves cowards when it comes to meeting equally armed men in combat.”
Budapest papers say that the challenge would sound better had not the students attacked Jewish students bloodily two weeks ago.