2 NOVEMBER 1907, Page 17

We regret to note that the Minister of Justice, on

behalf of the Government, replied by recriminations and counter- charges against Slovak agitators, and accused thena of having stirred up the people. Meantime organs of Hungarian public opinion like the Pester Lloyd express intense indignation against Austrian interference. That journal, however, at the same time warns the Hungarian public in regard to the loss of prestige and the international sympathy, "which is a direct consequence of the Chauvinism of the present generation of Hungarian politicians." It pleads for a return to the policy of Deik, who treated the non-Magyar races "as younger brethren, and was patriotic without intolerance." We are, and always have been, well-wishers of the Hungarian people as a whole, and of the Magyars in particular, for they have many great and attractive qualities. Unless, however, they can contrive to combine patriotism with tolerance, the political future of Hungary must be dark and precarious. Cannot the Magyars rise to the conception that they ought not to withhold from the Slovaks what they have always been determined to obtain for themselves ?