Fabian Affair Splits Democratic Party in Hungarian Parliament
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Fabian Affair Splits Democratic Party in Hungarian Parliament

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The sharp attack on the Bethlen government by Bela Fabian, Jewish deputy and liberal leader during the recent stormy debate in parliament over the riots and the numerus clausus question, has split the Democratic Party in the House.

Fabian’s attack on the government, which he charged with responsibility, resulted in the challenge to a duel. It was however, averted by an exchange of statements between him and the Understate Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior. It was no secret in Budapest that the exchange of apologies was the result of pressure brought to bear upon Deputy Fabian by his party.

Nonetheless, this development did not satisfy members of his own party and in particular the Jewish deputy, Paul Sandor, who refused to share responsibility for Deputy Fabian’s attack. A new National Liberal faction was formed, excluding Fabian.

In Hungarian Socialist circles the split in the Democratic party is interpreted as a masked expulsion of Fabian. It is asserted in these circles that the expulsion occurred at the demand of the Bethlen government as punishment to the fearless champion of law and order. It is stated in parliamentary circles that the split will result in paralyzing the fight of the liberals for freedom.

It is alleged that Fabian’s expulsion was the price paid by the Jewish leaders of the party for promises made by the authorities to stop immediately the anti-Jewish student riots and to prevent what is alleged to have been a fully prepared, organized anti-Jewish pogrom last week.


Charitable institutions receive nearly $2,000,000 from the estate of Rube Robert Fogel, New York jeweler, who died November 30, 1927, it was revealed by a transfer tax appraisal. The gross value of the estate was listed at $2,359,527.

The Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Home Society of San Francisco received a legacy of $1,746,256 for care and education of poor orphans. Ten thousand dollars was left to the New York Hebrew Orphan Asylum and $5,000 each to the Home for Aged Jews and the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum here.

Real property on Riverside Drive between 173rd and 176th Streets, and a bequest of $100,000 were left to the executors of the estate to establish an institution to be known as the British Orphan Asylum and Home. This asylum is to benefit British orphans residing in this country and children of members of the Canadian Club of New York. His gift to the San Francisco orphanage, to which he contributed about $200,000 during his lifetime, was in return for the care given to him by the institution, when he entered there fifty-four years ago, when he was ten years old.

Ten charitable organizations received bequests of $1,000 each in the will of Sam Bernard, well-known comedian, who died May 27, 1927. He left an estate of $686,443.

The widow, Mrs. Florence Bernard, received a life estate in $290,588, and the children. Sam Bernard, Jr. and Rosalind Bernard, received a life estate in $136,546 each. Bequests of $10,000 each were made to two brothers and a sister.

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