HUNGARY: Momentous Question

Tight-lipped Prime Minister Count Stephan de Bethlen hurried back to Budapest last week from Rome. On his flying visit he had lunched with Il Rex, had talked several times for several hours with Il Duce, once for an hour and a quarter with Papal Secretary of State Cardinal Pacelli.

As usual Hungarian newspapers were kept ignorant of what the secretive Count had done in Rome. But obedient Fascist editors were told they might hint that Count Bethlen had asked Signor Mussolini in substance this question:

"Is Italy now prepared to help Hungary obtain...