6 JUNE 1931, Page 3

Count Apponyi The aridity of politics is refreshed by such

an event as occurred last week at Budapest. The Hungarian elder statesman and savant, Count Albert Apponyi, a figure respected throughout Europe, has been honoured by the unanimous vote of the Chamber on his eighty-fifth birthday. He is granted a Prime Minister's pension for life, and, upon the flattering condition that he and his wife will write the history of his epoch, he is granted a sum of nearly £10,000 to cover the cost of producing the work. We hope that he may live to complete it at his leisure.