Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Archduke Joseph swears fealty to the new republic

August 12, 1919

The Associated Press is reporting today that Archduke Joseph of Austria, head of the new Hungarian government, has issued a proclamation in which he states that there will no return to a monarchical form of government. He reminds people that he was "one of the first to swear fealty" to the new regime, even though he was formally "a true member" of the Emperor's family.
The AP's correspondent notes that the proclamation had a good effect on the crowd. Previously, students and officers had tried to proclaim Joseph as king, but he "reiterated his loyalty to the republic."

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