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In Vienna the situation for the moment appeared well in hand as Prince Ernst Rudiger von Starhemberg returned from his vacation in Italy was named Chancellor, succeeding Dr. Kurt Schuschnigg, who had acted as Chancellor pro tem.

The effect of the accession of Starhemberg, leader of the anti-Nazi and pro-Italian Fascist Heimwehr, on the status of the Jews was problematical, but it was recalled that the new Chancellor has stated on several occasions that “there is no Jewish problem in Austria” and has repudiated “Utopian race theories.” Precisely how friendly he will prove to the Jews, now that supreme power is his, gave rise to much speculation among the Jewish population.

Martial law in its strictest form prevailed. The populace awaited new developments in breathless trepidation.

By the terms of the martial law decree more than two persons are forbidden to gather and all restaurants, cafes and other public places must observe an eight o’clock curfew.


Press Chief Minister Ludwig today described the anti-Semitic behavior of the Nazi rebels yesterday. He said the Nazis used anti-Semitic threats and maltreated Departmental Councillor Otto, who is Jewish-looking. To him they said: “We will hang this Jew.”

Rumors of anti-Semitic outbreaks in the Jewish quarter at Leopoldstadt were investigated by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and learned to be untrue.

Anything may happen, but war hinges on whether the Nazis, repulsed yesterday, achieve success in their objective to seize the government in a later attempt. New uprisings are regarded as inevitable.

In the event that the Nazis succeed in seizing the government, Italy, France, Great Britain and Czechoslovakia will take military steps against them, it is regarded as a certainty here, by virtue of the Four Power understanding to “preserve the integrity” of Austria.

Chancellor Hitler was charged by the citizenry with responsibility for the assassination of Dollfuss and the ensuing crisis, but in a move interpreted here as intended to obliterate blame for the stirring events of yesterday, the Nazi “Fuehrer” dismissed Minister Rieth and dispatched a telegram of condolence to the Austrian government. Herr Rieth arranged the safe conduct for the assassins and putschists.


Chancellor Starhemberg announced that he will devote himself to carrying out the policies of his murdered predecessor as Starhemberg’s cabinet held its first meeting.

A special military court to try the 144 putschists was created. Consisting of four officers, the court is expected to order the execution of the Nazis, whose whereabouts were indeterminate but who, presumably, have been arrested. Conflicting early reports said various that one out of every ten of the Nazis will be shot and that twenty-eight have already been executed.


Italy is ready for war today, according to reports reaching here despite faulty communications, with two army corps, fully equipped to roll into action, stationed at the frontier. (This was confirmed in cable dispatches reaching New York from Turin, and Prague reported reinforcement of forces along the Austro-Czechoslovakian border.—Ed.)

Anton Rintelen, pro-Nazi Austrian Minister to Rome, who was falsely announced yesterday by the Nazis in a broadcast over the seized government radio station as the successor of Dollfuss in the Chancellorship, died here today after shooting himself following his arrest as a leader in the putsch.

Starhemberg has the Heimwehr with him, and this is the largest armed force in the country, but a delicate situation exists as a result of “bad blood” between the Heimwehr and the federal army. Where the “Fatherland Front,” the political organization which Dollfuss headed, now stands, is vague.

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