28 JANUARY 1905, Page 18

The returns for the General Election in Hungary are incomplete

at the moment of our going to press. The Liberals. have lost heavily in the provinces to the Kossuthites, or Independents, and the results at midnight on Thursday, covering about half of the constituencies, show only a small majority over all sections of the Opposition; but the triumph of Count Tisza over Count Julius Andrassy in what the Times correspondent describes as "the central and symbolical contest," and the total defeat of the Dissentients in Budapest, point to a victory for the Liberals. Such a result, in view of the character and firmness of the Liberal protagonist, will be welcomed by all well-wishers of the Dual Empire, as the alternative can only promote its disintegration and play into the hands of the Pan-Germans at a critical moment for the peace of Europe.