Budapest (Oct. 24)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Anti-Semitic agitation in Budapest, Debreczin, and Szegedin continued to the accompaniment of anti-Jewish riots perpetrated by the nationalistic students.
The riots compelled the Bethlen government to issue an order closing the universities. One hundred and fifty of the riotous students were arrested late Tuesday afternoon, when parliament was in session deeply engrossed in an unparalled stormy debate on the question.
The debate followed the introduction of interpellations by the Jewish deputies Bela Fabian, Pakots and the Liberal leader, Barkas, who charged the government with tolerating the continuing anti-Jewish excesses directly the Understate Secretary Sztrany avszky in the Ministry of the Interior and the rage of the Opposition deputies. The session was thrown into tumult which lasted until late after midnight when Count Bethlen, the Prime Minister, intervened by declaring that either Fabian or the Understate Secretary will face a prison term, in case the charges are substantiated or repudiated.
Prior to Count Bethlen’s intervention the Under-state Secretary challenged Deputy Fabian to a duel. When asked to substantiante his charge, Deputy Fabian boldly declared that he is in possession of documents showing that Sztranyavszky was officially informed since April 1927, both orally and in writing, of the names of these anti-Semitic agitators responsible for the bombing at Czongrad. The Understate Secretary suppressed this information and took no action, Fabian declared.
After the breaking up of the session Count Bethlen conferred with the Minister of Justice for over an hour. The Speaker of the House urged Deputy Fabian to submit his proof to the parliamentary committee on deputies’ immunity.
Count Klebelsberg and the Minister of the Interior Bela Szitovsky declared in parliament that the students responsible for the excesses were liable to the criminal court. In addition the student federations which are responsible for the disorders will be dissolved if they continue to play the role of another government.
TO FETE ALLENBY BEFORE DEPARTURE
A farewell luncheon in honor of Field Marshal Lord Allenby will be given on October 30 by Nathan Straus, Judge Julian W. Mack and Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Dr. Wise will preside at the luncheon which will be given at the Lawyers’ Club. In addition to the address by Lord Allenby, John W. Davis, former Ambassador to Great Britain, will speak.
Lord Allenby will depart for England on October 31.