HUNGARY: Scandalous Mattresses

Ever since the wild Hungarian horsemen of Queen Maria Theresa first fascinated military attaches with their horsemanship, their braided hair, and filled Europe's armies with imitative pigtails, braided jackets and hussar regiments,* Hungary's soldiers have been famed for their élan, their hardiness. Therefore when it leaked out last week that War Minister Count Charles Csaky had ordered 30,000 horsehair mattresses for his troops the scandal was such that soon the Count was forced by pressure of public opinion to resign. Budapest papers treated the affair not only as a major political scandal...

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