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SEVERAL KILLED IN BUDAPESTH RIOTS WHICH
FOLLOWED-SOCIALISTS' GENERAL STRIKE CALL
Budapest, May 23. So serious
was the rioting growing out of
the general stride called by the
Socialists that at 9 o'clock tonight
ten thousand additional troops
were ordered on duty. Mobs ate
traversing the city, breaking win
dows, demolishing apd burning
trolley cars and erecting barri
cades across the principal thor
oughfares. Of the four now dead,
one is a policeman and another a
Budapesth, Hungary, May 23.
This city is in a state of siege
Great columns of troops are
massed on the public squares, and
at every point of vantage.
Every union workman in the
city, save only municipal em
ployes, is on strike in protest
against the government.
Parliament is in session, and is
defying the people.
Four citizens already have been
killed and ISO wounded, many of
whom will die, in clashes between
the soldiers and the strikers.
The trouble has been brewing
for a long time. It came to a head'
yesterday when the government
forces in parliament succeeded in
electing Count Tisza president of
the lower house.
Tisza has been the most bitter
opponent of Universal Suffrage in
all Hungary. He is hated by the
Universal Suffragists and the
His 'election "by the government
was the signal for a wild scene
Socialists and Universal Suf
fragists surged to the front of the
House, crying out upon the gov
ernment, hooting and jeering.
In a few minutes a general fist
fight was in progress. Attaches
of the chamber removed inkwells,
and other things of the sort, that
might serve as weapons.
After the fight, the Socialises
withdrew from the parliament in
They went to their own head
quarters, and there called a gen-
eral strike of all the unions in the
city, save city union employes.
Fifty thousand men were out
within an hour, and several mass
meetings, denouncing the govern
ment, were held.
Then the soldiers were called
out, and given orders to use force '
to break up the meetings.
Two citizens were killed in the
first clash between strikers and
Today the industries of the city
were entirely tied up. The So
cialists were threatening a gen
eral strike throughout the nation,
and demanding the recall of
Three times, the Socialists and
the strikers formed into one long
column, and started a march upon
the Houses of Parliament Three
times the soldiers charged upon
them with fixed bayonets, and
they were driven back.
The more timid members of
the government party in parlia-