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afternoon and to* night. Colder to . Bight. Friday fair “ "^<i wive' WiUl * VOL. XXXIX. No. 146. PERTH AMBOY, N. J.,# THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1919. TEN PAGES—TWO CENTS JURY DISAGREES AS FATHER GROSS TRIAL ENDS BERLIN REDS OVERTHROW GOVERNMENT; MORE FIGHTING 15,000 BOATMEN STRIKE; STOP FERRY TRAFFIC ARTILLERY USED IN VIOLENT BATTLES IN STREETS OE BERLIN, HUNDREDS DIE, NEW REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT Independent Socialists Form Government - Ebert Forces Join Rebels — Civil War Spreading to All Parts ot Ger many — Heavy Casualties Are Reported. By A ssoeiaird Press. PARIS, Jan. 3. — The Ubert Schetdemann government of Germany lias been overturned, the extremists having gained the upper hand In Mer lin after fighting, according to the lat est German advices received here. A new revolutionary government lias been proclaimed, composed of in dependent socialists. The part of the government troops reported to have gone over to the reb els. and the Spartich'es now hold the principal points in Merlin. Civil war Is spreading to other parts of Germany, the advices Indicate, and parts of the Rhenish province ai\d Mulgaria arc now reported to be in volved. Gustav Noske. the commander-in rhief of the German government troops, will send new forces against tlie capitol In an attempt to regain control of it, It Is reported. A des peralo reaction by the more conserva tive elements Is expected. Heavy < "a minifies. The rnsualties In the Rerltn fighting are reported to have been heavy. Tho independent socialists said to be at the head of tho new government are George I-eddbour, Horr Leigmann and Herr Tlek. Hr. Carl 1-albknecU.t is continuing his activities Wj. In an effort to lpstst’***”^ own I to port Severe Fliditlin^'^^^ By A esoriated Press AMSTKRHAM. Jan. «:—Sever* fighting in which artillery was em ployed took place in Merlin yesterday. Tho Spartacides renewed thotr at tempt to seize the chancellor’s palace, it Is declared in Merlin dispatches to Handleshlad, hut were driven back with tlie loss of thirty killed and forty-five wounded. These figures, the newspaper corre spondents say, appear to be too small. Chaos prevailed In the government offices. Tlie government had been concen trating troops in Merlin on Wednes day, the advices add, and the Sparta cides were driven from the Potsdam and Anhalt rallroud stations, the Drondonburg stage and like places. The war minister told the corre spondent that the power of the gov ernment was increasing because vol unteers were offering their services. However, It would not be easy to re establish order because the Sparta cides had occupied buildings all over Merlin. The correspondent reports that the Spartacides got 18.000.000 marks in paper money when they captured tho government printing office. Negotiation* fan. LONDON, Wednesday, Jan. 8--Ne gotiations between the government and the revolting elements In BerltJ were in progress all day long on Tuesday, according to Copenhagen and Amsterdam dispatches receivel hero tonight, but no definite results were apparent. The rumors that said Marshal Von Hlndenburg had come or was coining to Jlerllr, was followed by a report that Oen. Ludendorff was on Ills way bu.*k to Germany from Sweden, where he took refuge not long ago. Tho Spartaciue.i troops, the des patches shew have proclaimed a gen eral strike for January. 1919. The hpnrt .cldes d<.dare tney will prwjrl the election to the National assembly L\ all possible means. It is expected that thcii seizure of the Central rail way offices In Berlin after the gov ernment troops in charge had sur rendered, has placed the entile rail way system of Germany In their hands. , . outside the capital, the messages stale, tho Uc'shoviki movement la weak, the hulk of the people disap proving of It. Loyal Troops .Arrive Hu A nswitlttd Hrt* * BASLK. Jan. 9:—Troops loyal «o tho Kaert government have arrived ill Berlin from Potsdam and have driven the Ppartaciies as far as the Ttertai'ten and have reoccupled the Prlntzlck Work, according to advices. Itefu-s- Aiuuslice Pica. BKHL1N. Tuesday, Jan. 7. — A Spartacan delegation today endeavor ed to confer with the government but was notified that the government meiuLei s could not discus# any mat ters until ell public and private build ings now occupied by the coumei rev olutionists had been curated. The Spartacan delegation consisted of Wilhelm Ditinan. a lcrfer mah her of the cabinet; Carl Kautsky. Herr Breltshcid. former Prussian Minister of tlie interior, and Oscar Cohen, a former member of the Kelchstag. The government lias equipped a re cruiting bureau In the palace of Prince Leopold, opposite the Chancel lor's palace, where members of the Majority Socialist party and trade un ionists are being armed under the di rection of Herr Nake. the new mili tary governor, who has been given sweeping military power* The volun teer forces have been inatructed to use their weapon* for defense only The government has Issued an ap peal to all the Soldiers* and Work men's Councils In Germany tor their support. It ItdMlTM th® CeutnU Bx ecutlve committee armed the govern ment with e*tr*ordlnary power* and that the government has firmly der.d i d to employ all the t* J* neegasarjr r Disagreement After 61-2 Hours With Decision Late Last Night SEVEN TO FIVEFOR CONVICTION Prosecutor Says Priest Will Be Brought to Trial Again ON THE SAME INDICTMENT Decls on of Jury Was no Sur prise to Those Following Case NEW BRUNSWICK, Jan. 9:— Affter feeing out for six and a half hours the iury In the case of the state versus the lev. Francis Gross of Perth Amboy, charging him with Inciting the con gregation of his church to do bodily Injury to Louis Csipo, a Hungarian steamship agent and banker of that city, disagreed and so reported in the county court here at 11:16 o'clock last night. The Jury was discharged Immediately. Prosecutor Joseph E. Strieker said this morning that the state will again bring the priest to trial on the same indictment. He indicated that other Indictments resting against Father Gross would also be tried but did not say which would be taken up first. Upon resumption of the case after the noon recess yesterday Annie Bkranko and Geza Petrovics were called to tie stand by the defense. "Mrs. Bkranko was shot in the ear dur ing the riot. Both the witnesses tes tified along lines similar to other witnesses for the defense as to the oc currences on November 1. At 2:37 o'clock the defense rested its case. Calls Prosecutor. Assistant Prosecutor John A. Coan called Urosecutor Joseph E. Strieker to the stand for an examination as to statements made by Father Gross in relation to visits paid to the pros ecutor's private office in Perth Am boy. He refuted the testimony of the priest as to the visits and conver sation the priest claimed he had had with the prosecutor. In summing up for the defense Mr. Brown become vehement in his de nunciation of Csipo, going to the ex tent of calling him a "vile murderer." This was objected to by Mr. Cdan and .T-.a,ro pnlv ruled the remark out. Mr. Brown became vehement in his de client In the deliberations of the Jury, c.i religious and patriotic grounds and asked the jury to consider the case only on lines of the evidence pro duced. Mr. Brown said the entire case was an Issue between Csipo and Gross and that the former had prepared, appar ently, almost the entire case for the state. In his summing up Mr. Coan also pleaded for fairness for the priest and said that he believed from the evi dence produced the Jury could do nothing other than find Father Gross guilty. In his charge to the jury. Judge Italy went Into an explanation of tho "reasonable doubt" issue and ex plained that the Indictment against the priest did not charge him with inciting to riot, but with Inciting his congregation to do bodily injury to Csipo. He explained that the lan guage used in the church by the bi-lest was the main consideration of V o Jury; whether it did not moan tp •je auditors an incitement to Injure slpo and also, he emphasized, they Were to consider what Father Gross intended the meaning of his sermon and its effect on his hearers to be. Wretched Feeling "Apparently there was a very wretched feeling between the defend ed, Csipo and this Reichman fellow,” ■aid Judge Daly. "Reichman took things most sacred to millions of Christians and desecrated them in tho most horrible fashion. I am empha sizing that point because I have a horror for that kind of writing. But no matter., how horrible it was it would not Justify this defended in inciting others to do bodily Injury to Csipo because he had placed these articles in the window of his place of business." Decision No Surprise. The decision of the Jury was by no means a surprise to those who have followed the case from Its beginning on Monday morning. When the case ■was put in the hands of the Jury at 4:46 o'clock yesterday, the feeling was general around tho court room that the Jury would either disagree or bring In a verdict of guilty. It had continued from Monday morning un til yesterday afternoon and when the defense made it known that instead of (Continued on page 1) Staten Island Isolated Except for Local Service to Tot tenvllle EHRYBOUTS STILL RUNNINGF Railroad Passengers Trans ferred to Pennsylvania Rail road Trains in This City STRIKE LIKELY TO SPREAD Threatens to Affect Coastwise Lines and Throw 14,000 More Out of Work NEW YORK, Jan. 9—Except for a small fleet of ferryboats, tugs and lighters engaged In debarkation or home coming troops and loaded with perishable supplies for the American Expeditionary Forces, harbor ship ping was at a standstill today ns the results of the strike of 15,000 marine workers In an attempt to force arbi tration of their commands for higher wages and an eight hour day. Not only privately owned craft, but the boats of tho railroad administra tion, 1,200 in number, were tied up, and the sailing or berthing of ocean steamships as well as the ferries of passengers between aMnhattan and neighboring boroughs and suburbs, was impossible. * Suspension of ferry service left Staten Island completely Isolated ex cept for two small boats operating to and front Perth Amboy on the New Jersey shore, and launches able to carry only small groups of passengers. From New Jersey and Long Island the only,access to New York was by way of the East river bridges and the subVays and tunnels under the East and North rivers, in which trains were crowded with delayed- travelers throughout the day. Tho strike, called notwithstanding' a request by tire government to oper ate the harbor with soldiers and sail ors, was ordered yesterday when a conference of the union men and the Boat Owners' Association broke up following the refusal of the latter to arbitrate the question of an. eight hour wage. The War Labor Board was unable to affect a settlement. Strike May Spread. While the strike at present has not been applied to coast line steamers, coast wise tugs. The Trans-Allantic steamship or Xiong Island Sound steamers, it was said by the labor leaders that it must eventually spread to those lines and throw out of em ployment 14,000 longshoremen "and freight handlers. In that case it was predicted with in twenty-four hours the boat situa tion hero would be more serious. Staten Island Isolated. Staten Island, comprising Rich mond borough of tho city was com pletely Isolated by the strike. The fer ry service between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn was stopped. Most^of tho ferries between New York and New Jersey were also sus pended. At the Fort Lee ferry, fc’l.lch carries laborers and soldiers going to Camp Merritt, N. J., a crowd of more than 1,000 persons assembled. Police reserves were hurried to tho ferry houses of the Central Railroad of New Jersey when laborers employ ed at Port Newark, N. J., became un ruly upon being informed that the service had been discontinued. Though the men were advised to take trains to their work, some of them re fused, declaring that to do so meant additional expense of twenty-eight cents. Thousands Marooned Staten Island's argument for a sub- | way from the borough of Richmond to Manhattan or Brooklyn was great- ] ly strengthened this morning when more than ten thousand committers were marooned on the island unable to get to business in Manhattan 4>e- j cause of the strike that lias tied up every craft in New York harbor and J vicinity. All ferries runnlqg from Staten Island with the exception of the local ferry between this city and Tottenvllle are tied up by the strike. J Have Service Here At 6 o'clock this morning when the order was given for the general walk out every ferryboat of tho Municipal ferry was tied up and the men walked off the boats. §oon after tiie terminal at St. George became choked with passengers and communters on the incoming trains on the Totte/iville and north and east shore division of the Staten Island Rapid Transit. Many from Tottenville and the lower end of Staten Island came to this city and went by way of the Pennsylvania trains and the fast line cars of the Public Service Corporation to enter New York by the subway from New Jersey into New York. A11 passen gers going to Ahe local ferry are cau tioned by the agent that no boats are running at St. George and tickets are , oil 11/ until n u f-i *> aa C t f] mini... Trucks Held l‘|> All trucks passing through this city I over Staten Island to New York are turned back because of the tleup m the traffic from Staten Island. There is no trouble at present on the local ferry, which Is making Its regular trips, but no one could tell at the ferry whether the strike would affect this route or not. Both Chief KrH;i neer McDonald and Patrick McGrath are off and only a ‘relief engineer is working today. The Klizabethport ferry and the Bergen Point ferry were running early this morning but they were tied up shortly afterward. Some people from Staten Island were taken over to Bergen Point and Bayonne by small powerboats where they reached New York by way of trolley to New ark and from there by tube to their destination In New York. With the exception of the ferry of the Staten Island Rapid Transit all traffic In the local harbor Is tied up by the strike.' All of the tugs of the I.thigh Valley railroad are tied up (Continued on page I) tLtPHONE """ 5 7 7 - M ELECT WILSON HEAD OF WATER BD. TALK ABOUT RESERVOIR Takes Place of Landback Reservoir Is Discussed at Meeting BALDWIN PASSES VOTE Republicans Are Still in Control of Board by Four to One _ Harry R. Wilson was elected presi dent of the Board of Water Commis sioners at the organization meeting of that body held in City Hall last night, he succeeding Charles A. handback who held the office since August of last year when Mr. Wilson, then pres ident of the board, resigned to enter Y. M. C. A. overseas work. Chauncey C. Baldwin, the newly appointed water commissioner, was present at last night's meeting. President handback opened the meeting by announcing that the an nual election of officers would be the first order of business. He then nom i inated Mr. Wilson. There being no I v flurry R. Wilson. other nominations, the vote was taken tiie board being unanimous in favor of Mr. Wilson with the exception of | Mr. Baldwin, who passed the ques I tlon. Landback Vice President Mr. Landback was then nominated for vice president and was unani mously elected. Upon again taking the chair of president, Mr. Wilson went on with the usual business rou tine. Republicans in Control The Water Board is now composed of four Republicans and one Demo crat, Hugh Timmins, who has served on the board longer than any of the other members, being of the minority party. Mr. Wilson announced that ho had not yet selected the standing [committees but would be able to make them known at the next meet ing of the board which will be in two weeks. Although the president of the board resigned his position us such to go with the Y. M. C. A. overseas the declaration of peace resulted in his not going and last night he was returned to th'e position he held be fore leaving for preliminary training prior to overseas work. The matter of the construction of the new reservoir was talked over but nothing definite decided as to wheth er or not to have working drawings for the same started immediately. A letter was received and placed on file from Harold C. Stevens, representing Lleuk Colonel George A. Johnson, the expert who prepared the plans for the reservoir, advising the board to hav^ the working drawings prepared as' soon as possible in order that work might be started In the early spring. To Push Bond Issue. The board tried last year to get the permission of the Capital Issues Com mission to float a bond issue of about $900,000 in order that the reservoir might be erected but the issues com mittee would not sanction such a large bond issue at that time. Now that the war is over and the govern ment is favoring such construction work the board feels that the neces sary permission can be obtained. A communication from the Good year Tire & Rubber Company quoting (Continued on page 8) -- -1. . . -im KTTHELIBRflRY Free Use of Building Granted to Approved Organizations During Library Hours In an effort to make the public li brary of the greatest service to the people of this community 'the Board of Trustees of the library last night decided to permit the free use of the building including the auditorium, when it is completed, and the assem bly room in the basement for any or ganization that meets with the ap proval of the librarian and the pres ident of the board. This is only dur ing the hours when the library is open. For the use of any part of the building outside of library hours the charges will be $1 an hour. At the meeting last night a letter was received from Mrs. Adrian Lyon, who is Interested In organizing a girls’ club in connection with the War Camp Community Service, asking that permission be given for the use df the meeting room in the building. There are also girl scouts and boy scouts that desire to meet at the li brary. The trustees expressed themselves last night as desiring to make the li brary as useful to the community as possible and they agreed that the privileges to be offered there should be granted free to any approved or brary is open. The library has been used to a great extent during the past year by the va rious branches of the War Camp Community Service, and the trustees already hard pressed for money to keep up the supply of books, began to feel the expense that this Involves. It was realized, however, that the city seemed to furnish no other place for such activities and it w^s finally de cided to make the building as useful as possible for tlio welfare of Iho community during the hours that the library is open. Being" assured of an additional ^thousand dollars from the Board of Aldermen for the coining year, steps wefts taken last night to secure a trained librarian to take rharge of the activities of the branch library in the western part of the eity. The work there is to be developed during the coming year as it has not been possi ble to do heretofore on account of the lack of funds. The condition of the children's room Is giving the library suthorlUes a great deal of concern. The boons are In constant use and the shelves are practically empty all the time. The librarian was authorized to make larger purchases of books for the children's room at once In an effort to Increase Its efficiency. The matter of cooperating with the high school In having a branch main tained In the high sehol building was discussed and it Js hoped that some thing along this line will be accom plished In the near future. Accord ing to the state law, the school board appropriates ten dallars for each school building In the city and the state board of education duplicates that amount. This will furnish about $240. The high school already has some five hundred volumes on hand and with the books that the State Library Association will lend for the purpose, a good start can be made. The prin cipal expense to the library board will be the maintaining n trained li brarian to take charge of the work. It is thought that the matter can be worked out satisfactorily in the near future. The value to the community of having close cooperation between the library and the srhools is realized and every effort will be made to fos ter the Idea. John II. Miller, who had just been reappointed to the board by Mayor Dorsey, received the congratulations of his fellow members last night Mr. Miller has been the efficient secretary of the board for several years. . * City Ovffrsnhscrlhed Fourth Liberty Loan by $350,350 Chairman Adrian Lyon of the fourth Liberty loan campaign in this city was officially notified this morn ing that Perth Anibov subscribed 32. 022.550 to the lust issue. The city's nuota was $1,672,200 and according to the official figures this amount has been oversubscribed $350,350. Squab, Cliloken and Steak Dinners at New Market Inn, New Market. N. J. R. P Kamps, Prop 22430-1 1-1-tf* LAYDEN'S Tire and Tube Reoair Works »«m Vtiloantrtnir lee Sow Brunswlrk Are. ' —-- — ! FOR SAI^IB 10 HEAD GOOD WORK HORSES GRAHAM A McKEON tit OAK ST.. errr STEAM VIXCANIZI.NO LET GEORGE DO IT I*Som 147* Suilk mm4 Utah *(a FOR SALE—FORD TOURING Wltk lieuiouaf stle Rtua. Barfala FRANK VAN SVCKLE ■ !ta-IS» New Hr.. treaaa 1 biin Burns Bros.; I 04 1 Us-To-Dat* ■ wTU TAXI SERVICE ltt Stir Brunswick Ava ' r -"Vi I NOTICE! Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the taxing district of the City of Perth Amboy that on the sixth day of January, 1919, for ten days at City Hail, the tax list for the year 1919 may be inspected by any taxpayer for the purpose of enabling such taxpayer to ascertain what assess ments have been made against him or his property and to confer informally with the assessors as to the correctness of the assessments, to the end that any errors may be corrected before the filing of the assessments lists and duplicate. John H. Poulson, President, — . REVOLUTION SCENE IN BERLIN__ — — a-——/XiCi-... » » Here Is the manner In which public buildings in ncrlln arc guarded against surprise by revolutionary factions. A machine gun squad is being posted in the window over the. palace door. Unrest is certain to continue In Germany and violence threaten until after the election of the constituent assembly next month. FRENCH PEACE PLAN SUBMITTED TODAY TO ALLIED DELEGATIONS Du A ssoclatfd Preaa. PA KIS, Jan. 9—%K French protocol, giving a detailed program of the pro cedure of the peace conference, has been submitted to the American and other delegations by whom It Is now under examination. Premier Clemen cca.u of l-'rance and tlie Greek pre mier were In a conference this morn ing with the American delegates to the peace conference. Conference Delayed, ifu Associated /’cess. PA HIS, Jan. 9.—President Wilsons conferences w-ilh the premiers of Great Britain, France and Italy, which were to open today, have been delayed and will not probably begin before early next week. Mr. I.loyd George Is detained in London by work Incident to the recon struction of tiie cabinet. Premier Oi - lando of Italy, who Is due here today, will probably return to Home, where his presence for forty-eight hours is necessary because of matters under consideration by the Haliun parlia ment. There will, however, be a meeting today at the office of Nathan Pichon, foreign minister. It will be attended by Mr. Wilson, Premier Orlando and I Japanese representatives, but it willj be Informal because of the absence of I.loyd George, although Hrltlsh repre sentatives will probably be present. It was considered best to hold the meet ing and clear up some preliminary points, and it is believed that import ant details of the procedure will be settled. After the meeting the dele gates will be In a position when Lloyd George arrives, to rapidly com plete the preliminary questions and clear up matters for the opening con ferences on Monday and Tuesday. ImiKirUuit Work Today. Important business will come up ut the meeting of the French cabinet to day, for it Is probable that President Poincare will definitely nominate the French delegate to the pence confer ence. The proctoeo! that will he adopted will be the simplest possible, having the advantage of laborious pourpar lers and a number of chancellorers. It Is pointed out that the committee In question will be composed of the premiers and foreign ministers of the allies, Mr. Wilson figuring as Ameri can premier. Saved 200,000 Tons of Goal At a meeting of the fuel conserva tion engineers appointed for this dis trict In the Fast Jersey Club. Tuesday noon, the engineers were discharged from further duty and tendered the thanks of United States Fuel Admin istrator Dr. Garfield for the splendid work they had done. It Is estimated that the work of the engineers during the inspections of the various plants In the district for leakages of heat and power which would result In loss of fuel, and their recommendations to overcome these leakages and aid in the conservation of fuel, has resulted In an actual sav ing of coal amounting to 200,000 tons a year. Open Service Bureau The service bureau of the Board of Trade was officially opened yesterday at the meeting of the I.abor A Em ployment Group of the Industrial Bu reau of the board. Paul Fulton and 8. G. Brinkman were appointed a committee to aid In the operation of , the service. l.EAKY ROOF DAMAGES PHONOGRAPHS The rain the day before Chrtstmae caused e slight damage to several phonographs in Montalvo's store houee These Instruments will be reflnlghed and sold et special prices, and easy terms and of course will bear the usual Montalvo guarantee. Every one who te thinking of buying e phono graph ehould cell at Montalvo's et onre JO Smith 8t 007-12-tQ-tf* TONIGHT! Basket Ball and Dance at the Y. M. H. A. HALL Y. M. H. A. v*. Elmore 5 All Welcome '*Si /.