Dollfus: He got a slap in the face. He deserved it, the beast.
Uproar in the chamber
Dollfus: Mr President, gentlemen. I slapped Councillor Bringolf because he called me a liar. I will not be called a liar. Councillor Bringolf got what he deserved.
Graber tries to calm the situation, but is unsuccessful. Walther Bringolf demands the floor.
Bringolf: I demand the floor too, if Mr Dollfus has been given the floor to make a personal statement.
Shouts in the chamber: Out, out!
Graber: There is no statement to make.
Bringolf: Mr Dollfus had the right to make a statement. I have to say that the words he has said here contain an untruth.
Graber: There will be no debate on this issue. You cannot make a statement on a subject that is not up for discussion.
Someone shouts that Dollfus should also have explained himself.
Graber: Mr Dollfus made a mistake.
Bringolf: Mr Dollfus turned on me and raised his hand while I was not expecting it, because I believed I was dealing with a well-brought-up citizen, and he struck me. That is not so terrible. But the coward then retreated behind other people when I was hauling off to strike back and was going to ‘let him have it’. That is an act of cowardice. Then he jumped up to make a statement under the protection of his colleagues, who prevented me from returning the favour. And a man like that is a colonel in the Swiss Army – in my eyes, he’s a coward!