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Jews Continue to Flee from Hungary; About 50 Hungarian Jews Reach Vienna Daily

Although the Hungarian authorities have Just about hermetically sealed the Austro-Hungarian frontier, Jewish refugees from the East continue to cross the border, a check disclosed today.

Between 40 and 50 Hungarian Jews daily succeed in reaching this capital, authorities stated; most of those attempting the hazardous crossing at night are youths. Since the Hungarian side of the frontier is guarded at strategic points by caching-gun posts, barbed wire and searchlights, getting over the border is no inconsiderable undertaking.

A less dangerous but more circuitous route is by way of Czechoslovakia. But in recent days the Prague authorities have also redoubled their precautions against the illegal exit of eastern refugees particularly Hungarians. The figure of 40 or 50 refugees now arriving is nothing, of course, compared with the weekly arrivals of as many as 3,000 a month or more ago, before the Hungarian authorities made the frontier almost escape-proof.