Monday, March 30, 2009

Archduke arrested after disguise fails

March 30, 1919

Archduke Joseph Francis and Julius Ommeich, a millionaire, were arrested today when they tried to cross the Hungarian border into Germany. The two men were dressed as peasants but their disguise was thrown into question because of their hands. The Chicago Daily Tribune reports today that the two men were "betrayed by their hands, which were out of keeping with the costumes they wore. Their fingernails were manicured and the hands generally clean and showing no signs of hard work."
The two men were sent back to Budapest, where the Hungarian foreign minister, Bela Kun, ordered them to be imprisoned.

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