HUNGARY: Gombos v. Church

"It is not merely the right, but the absolute duty of an officer, if insulted by a civilian in the presence of witnesses to draw his service weapon [sword] and immediately silence the offender."

Of all clauses in the old Imperial Austro-Hungarian Military Code the above was naturally the most detested—by civilians. Last week Hungary's fiery new War Minister, Julius Gömbos, appeared before Parliament and announced his intention of reviving it verbatim.

"May I ask," inquired Deputy Mesko, fervent Roman Catholic, "what will be the fate of a Catholic officer who obeys the dictates...

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