Crack! went a revolver. Ping! went a bullet. Plop! answered the woodwork of a Hungarian train as the lead buried itself.

Inside a compartment, Admiral Nagybanya von Horthy, Regent of Hungary, removed his hat, wiped his brow. He had narrowly escaped assassination.

The would-be assassin made good his escape.

Possibly there are few more unpopular figures in Hungary than Admiral Nicholas Horthy von Nagybanya, present Regent of Hungary (whatever that may mean), son of a rich Protestant farmer in the district of Szobiok.

As a naval officer, there is no denying that Horthy was able;...

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