Budapest (Apr. 14)
Proceedings for treason and incitement of one section of the population against another have been started by the Budapest authorities against a number of persons for spreading alarmist reports that the shooting outrage in the Creat Synagogue during the Passover Festival, one of the victims of which, Eugene Roth, has died and was buried yesterday, was the work of an antisemitic terrorist organisation. The police have to-day issued an official denial of these reports, denying at the same time further reports which said that Commandant Hejjas, the notorious Chief of the pogromist bands which massacred Jews during the civil war, had visited the assassin, Satloka, in the lunatic asylum where he is confined, and that Satloka had been paid 10,000 pengoe for committing the crime.
At the same time, however, the police have searched the homes of a number of notorious antisemites, and have seized quantities of antisemitic literature, including the manuscript of the brochure which the antisemitic journalist, Joseph Palich, has admitted was about to be published as part of a big new antisemitic offensive, in which the Jews were to be accused of being responsible for the existing economic distress in the country, with a view to inciting the population against them.
To-day’s meeting of the Budapest City Council turned almost entirely on the shooting outrage at the Great Synagogue, the Socialist leader, Deputy Peyer, insisting that there are good grounds for believing that there was an antisemitic terrorist organisation at work, asserting that he is in possession of proof. Deputy Peyer also complained of the Councils antisemitic policy. The Lord Mayor’s office, he said, had recently issued instructions to the Municipal Traffic Department not to employ Jews. The Lord Mayor, who was present at the meeting, denied that any such instructions had been given.