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Customs In Hungary

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Ar the beginning of the century th magnats, or higher aristocracy of Hun gary, lived iu a semiregal luxury Their official court dress, which is quit oriental in its richness and splendor alone recalls the feudal period of th Hungarian aristocracy. Their country cbateaux are lordly in nothing bu their hospitality. If a stranger drive np in his carriage to the eutrance doo of a Huugarian chatean, immediately and before any questions are asked con cerning the visitor's business, even be fore the rnaster cf the house has mad hig appearance, a legión of servant rush forward and carry the visitor' baggage to one of the half dozen room always ready to receive guests, invitec or otherwise. Twelve o'clock is th nsual time for dinner, and four or five empty seats are always prepared fo guests who might arrive. When the Hungarians wish to honor more partic ularly a guest, a succession of 15 or 20 courses are served at dinner, but as the Magyars have iu everything the ut ruoat respect for individual liberty, no guest is ever pressed to eat or drink Af ter dinner gnests and hosts take a long drive over the estates of the cha teau or pay a visit to the eïghbórinj castle. If it is a Sunday, at visit i made to the nearest village, where a peasant country dance is in full swing Supper at the chateau takes place be tween 7 and 8, after which a dance i given or a whist party is indulged in The next morning everytbing is silen in the house until 10 o'clock. Much as in England and Scotland, break fast is taken when one pleases, at no fixed hour. During the whole morning the noble owner of the mansion is es tremely busy. The upper Hungarian aristocracy still manage the business details of their estates tbemselves, and as may be imagined, this is no smal work, since many of these domains are larger than some petty Germán states Such is the everyday life of a Hunga rian nobleman. In winter he generally goes with his family to spend a few


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