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L_. . 5
afternoon and to*
night. Colder to
. Bight. Friday fair “
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
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
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
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
Disagreement After 61-2 Hours
With Decision Late
Last Night
Prosecutor Says Priest Will
Be Brought to Trial
Decls on of Jury Was no Sur
prise to Those Following
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
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
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
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
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
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
Railroad Passengers Trans
ferred to Pennsylvania Rail
road Trains in This City
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
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)
""" 5 7 7 - M
Takes Place of Landback
Reservoir Is Discussed at
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
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)
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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
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
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.
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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,
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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