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DELAGATES TRANSFER POWER TO THE PEOPLE GERMANS VOTE EBERT CABINET FOIL AUTHORITY Soviets, However, Reserve the Right to Supervise Work of Government. TO ELECT PRESIDENT DEC. 29 There Will Be Two Adjuncts in Each Ministry Appointed by People’s Commissioners, Selected From Two Social Democratic Parties. Amsterdam, Dec. 20. —The congress of German soldiers and workmen’s councils adopted a resolution, accord Ing to a Berlin telegram, transferrim legislative and executive power to the people’s commissioners (the Ebert gov ernment) until some other arrange ment is made by the German national assembly. The congress further appointed a central council of soldiers and work men to exercise parliamentary super vision over the German and Prussian cabinets and with the right to appoint and depose the people’s commission ers of all of Genu any. In order to supervise the conduct of business in the imperial ministry, adjuncts will be appointed by the peo ple’s commissioners. There will be two adjuncts in eatfh ministry. They will be selected from the two social democratic parties. The congress re jected a resolution demanding the complete elimination of the bourgeoise class from the government. May Elect President December 29. Copenhagen, Dec. 20. —The German government has decided to convoke a conference of representatives of all the states of the former empire on De cember 29 to elect a president of the German republic, according to a Ber lin report. This step is said to have been taken in order to avoid fresh outbreaks. Fear New Disturbances. Berlin, Dec, 20. —When the soldiers and workmen’s congress resumed Its sessions it was evident that further sensations were Impending to height en the tension resulting from Tues day’s clashes between the cabinet rep resentatives and members of the exec utive committee. The invasion of the meeting hall by soldiers was the first topic brought up for debate. The chairman announced he had re ceived word that the men of the Ber lin garrison forces were surprised to learn of the action of the invaders, who were declared not to represent all the troops quartered in Berlin. The garrison troops declared they desired to present their case at a ple nary session or by means of delegates. The congress voted that the latter method be adopted and the debate was temporarily adjourned. Workers Force Way In. The house then adopted Chairman Lelnert’s suggestion that the congress refuse to receive delegations whose coming was not arranged for, such as those of Tuesday. I* declared it would not permit local petitioners to stampede the session. The members then proceeded to de bate in executive committee and were so engaged when word was received that a delegation of workingmen was outside demanding admission, under a threat by Dr. Karl Liebknecht that there would be a general strike in Ber lin on Thursday if the request were refused. The congress finally agreed to ap point a committee to meet a delega tion after the plenary session, when suddenly 30 workmen and several women forced their way to the speak er’s stand and the session again was thrown into a tumult. The spokesman of the Invaders demanded the right to present resolutions demanding that all authority be vested in the soldiers and workmen’s councils. Believed to Be Spartacides. The chairman warned that speakers were not permitted, while shouts came from the floor that the Invaders be re moved. General pandemonium fol lowed, but the chairman finally re stored order by compromising with the invaders and permitting them to pre sent their resolution. The invaders then left the hull. They are believed to have been members of the Sparta cus group who are on strike. 15 KILLED BY GERMAN MINE Bomb Planted by Huns Explodes Af ter Armistice Is Signed. Paris, Dec. 20. —A German mine which had been planted in a bridge at Guise has exploded, killing fifteen per sons and injuring twenty-five, accord ing to a Guise dispatch to the Matin. TUe date of the explosion is not given hut the dispatch says that it occurred more than a month after the armistice v-ent Into effect. THE WATERTOWN NEWS TERMS President Wilson Home First Week in February. American Executive Changes Plans— Visit to England Is Advanced, Causb* Rumors. Paris, Dec. 20. —President Wilson plans to return to America in the first week in February. King Victor Emmanuel of Italy called upon President Wilson at the Murat residence The monarch was introduced to the president by Gen end Harts. Discussion of the American pence terms is under way. There is evi* n e here that the re actionary propaganda in America is •mbarrassing the president in his work for peace. It is clear the president intends to follow a straight course on his 14 points. It is uncertain Just what effect the Washington dispatches prominently eaturing the utterances of Senators Lodge and Knox will have. Certain it is, however, that Mr. Wil son's popularity with the French peo ple is great enough to render harm less efforts to cause mischief. Talks with Frenchmen of all walks of life show the president’s strength Is growing. There ore a few papers here that mildly question America’s purpose. Support of the president is, however, warm and nation-wide. It is plain from everything Mr. Wil son has done that he has a fixed plan, and will adhere to it in spite of opposi tion at home. It is possible political complications here may follow such a policy. Mr. Wilson earnestly desires to maintain and strengthen the friend ship between America anj France, people and governments. However, no one can forecast the effect upon the delicate balance of the French political situation of what is to take place at the peace table. NEW WAIL FROM BERLIN Industrial Chief Says Country Is Ruined for Generations. London, Dec. 20. —“Germany is ru ined for generations, politically, indus trially and economically,” Dr. Walter Rathenau, president of the German General Electric company, is quoted as declaring to the Berlin correspond ent of the Daily Express. “It is the greatest calamity that has happened to any country in two thousand years,” added Doctor Rathe nau, who is one of the largest em ployers of labor in Germany. WILL PROBE RAIL SITUATION Senate Interstate Commerce Commit tee to Call McAdoo. Washington, Dec. 20. —The senate in terstate commerce committee decided to begin an “inquiry into every phase of the railroad situation,” beginning hearings Thursday, January 2. Senator Smith, chairman of the committee, an nounced that Director General of Rail roads McAdoo will be the first witness and that he will be followed by rep resentatives of the raifroads, state railroad commissioners, shippers, cham bers of commerce and other interested organizations. 1/VILSOM MAY VISIT DUBLIN Mass Meeting Is Called to Extend In vitation to President. Belfast, Dec. 20. —The lord mayor of Dublin lias called a mass meeting in Dublin for Sunday to extend an in vitation to President Wilson to visit Ireland, He has suggested that simi lar meetings be held in other centers throughout the island. Commenting on the action of the lord mayor, the Belfast Telegraph says that everyone In Ulster will joi# in the invitation, “with the important reservation that there must not be the slightest sugges tion of politics.” SAYS RAIL WAGE TO STAND McAdoo Declares Increases Were Not Established as War Measure. Washington. Dec. 20. —The increased wages granted during the war to em ployees of the railroads will not be lowered now that hostilities have ceased and they must not be decreased when the railroads go back to private ownership —if such a transition takes place—Director General McAdoo de clared. The raises in wages to em ployees <tf the railroads were not es tablished as a war measure, but were inaugurated as a permanent measure, he added.. __ I‘FLU’ CAUSES 105,297 DEATHS Washington Census Bureau Gives Fig ures for Larger Cities. Washington, Dec. 20. —InfluAiza paused 66,534 deaths In the larger cities between September 14 and December j 14, while pneumonia killed 38,763 more, | according to census figures. jofaied-^^ I Put your flag in your window THIS SPACE CONTRIBUTED BY WATERTOWN NEWS PUBLISHING CO. REDS ARE GAINING POWERIN RUSSIA Allied Policy Regarding Eastern Operations Is Becoming More Important. REASONS FOR INTERVENTION British Secretary of War Says Allies Are Bound to Help Slavs Wipe Out Bolshe vism, London, Dec. 20. —The bolshevlki are gaining in power in Russia, It is indicated in recent dispatches. ThD is particularly true iu the bordei states, where the Germans are with drawing. Asa result of this situation the allied policy regarding Russian op erations is becoming more important Reasons for Intervention. In response to strong protests in the press against the secrecy maintained concerning military operations in Rus sia and the insistent demand by lib eral newspapers that the government explain and justify the continuance of fhese operations, Viscount Milner, the secretary of war, has issued a state ment to the effect that the alli Q s have an obligation of honor to protect the Rusians and other*? who have aided them against the bolsheviki. For the allies to scramble out of Russia now would threaten to involve the whole country in barbarism, the war secre tary declares. The cabinet member’s statement Is iu the form of a letter in reply to a correspondent. Explains Sending of Troops. “You ask me,” says Viscount Mil ner, in his letter, “what right we ever had to send British troops to Russia to meddle with the internal affairs of that country and how long we mean to •keep them there now that the war is over. “The question itself shows that you misapprehend the facts of the case as well as the motives of the government. The reason why allied, not merely British forces —indeed, the British are only a small proportion of the totaled allied troops —were sent to Russia is that the bolsheviki, whatever their ul timate object, wer**. in fact, assisting our enemies in every possible way. It was owing to 11• *. action that hun dreds of thousand-- < f German troops were let loose to hurl themselves against our men on the western front, who handed over the Black sea fleet to the Germans, and who treacherous ly attacked the Czccho-Sfovaks when the latter only des ; red to get out of Russia in order to fi ,r hf for the free dom of their own country in Europe. The allies, every >■" ■ of them, vycm- WATERTOWN, WISCONSIN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1918. When you have that button pinned on your coat, you can look the whole world in the face —and feel proud. It means you have answered “present” to the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call for 1919. It means that you have placed your personal stamp of approval on the work of the Greatest Mother in the and that you have given her the moral support of your membership. Red Cross work must go on! As long as Americans are under arms across the sea, as long as the results of war, pestilence and famine afflict the world, the need for the Red Cross will exist. America has never failed in doing its full duty that duty now is universal member ship in the Red Cross. io in the Red Cross - all you need is a heart and a dollar most anxious to :r old interference in Russia, but it was an obligation of honor to save the Czecho-Slovaks ami it was military necessity of the most urgent kind to prevent those vast por tions of Russia which were struggling to escape the tyranny of the bolshe vik! from being overrun by them and tbrowjn open as a source of supply to the enemy. Cannot Desert Russian Friends. “I say nothing of the fact that a vast portion of the earth’s surface and millions of people friendly to the al lies have been spared the unspeakable horrors of bolshevik rule.. But in course of this allied intervention thousands of Russians have taken up arms and fought on the side of the allies. How can we. simply because our owu immediate purposes have been served, come away and leave them to the tender mercies of their and our enemies?” HUM PROPAGANDA AT WORK State Department Explains Reports of Allied Disagreements. Washington, Dec. 20.—Hernian prop aganda still is at work in the United States, the state department was in formed in a dispatch froiy The Hague. A Professor Brinckmann, who direct ed propaganda in this country from 'i'he Hague during the war. was said to he in charge of the present opera tions. Officials here assumed that the in formation was sent from The Haaue to explain the spreading of reports that the United States and the allies are not in agreement over certain is sues to he dealt with at the peace con ference. The report to the department said Professor Brinckmann is being liber ally supplied with money and that a vicious anti-American document is he ng circulated by the Brinckmann bu reau. The money to pay the expenses •jf the propaganda office is being ex pended through German official chan nels, according to the department’s statement. FtX SOLD ERS’ HONOR MARK Two Scarlet Chevrons to Be Worn by Discharged U. S. Fighters. Washington, Dec. 20. Secretary Baker directed that each soldier hon orably discharged he furnished with two scarlet chevrons to lie worn on the left sleeve as a recognition of his serv ice to the country. Blast Home of Car Man. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 20. —The home of Charles E. Spence, a motor man in the employ of the Kansas City Street Railways company 25 years, was dynamited. The house was badly damaged, but none of the occupants was Injured. Spence is one of the mo fAirmen who did not join in the strike, and has been operating a car since the resumption of partial car service. 0 Wear your button Will you be wear ing your member ship button when the boys com* borne? Join TWO EX-KAISERS ILL Former Empress Alone Attends the Fallen Hohenzollern. Emperor Charles of Austria and Four Children Are Hit by the Grip Epidemic. Amerongen, Holland, Dec. 20. —For- mer Emperor William has been con fined to his bed since Sunday with a severe chill. His indisposition has brought about a renewal of his old ear trouble, necessitating the calling in of a specialist, a professor from Utrecht, to assist the local doctor. The cons amt worry of the last five weeks and his virtual imprisonment in Count Bentinek’s castle here have changed William Hohrenzollern’s ap pearance considerably. Instead of the ruddy complexion he wore, his face has become ashen, his hair and mus tache gray and his features deeply lined. Since he has lain in bed ill his face has remained unshaven and the seventy-two hours’ growth of beard seems to have added ten years to his age. The ex-emperor’s favorite adjutant, Capt. Sigurd von llseiuann, also Is ill and the former empress has become her husband’s sole attendant. No strangers are permitted to enter the castle grounds under any pretext, while all arrivals in the village are being most closely watched. Copenhagen, Dec. 20. —Former Em peror Charles of Austria-Hungary and four of his children are suffering from inffuenza, according to a telegram from Vienna. The former emperor has a very high fever. BIGGEST DRINK IN WORLD Seized Liquors to Be Dumped Into the Father of Waters. St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 20.—What state officials termed the “world’s biggest cocktail” will he mixed in the Missis sippi river on Sunday. Hundreds of dollars worth of liquors seized throughout the state for violations of orders issued by the state safety com mission will be dumped into the “Fa ther of Waters.” It is understood that a considerable quantity of liquor of high quality will not be destroyed. It will he sent to state hospitals to he used for medic inal purposes. 4 NEGROES SLAIN BY GUARD Blacks Shot Between Eyes When They Attempt to Escape. Bainhrldge, Ga., Dec. 20. —Guard Story shot and killed four negroes, who attempted to escape from the Decatur county farm. When the negroes at tacked the guard he tired, hitting each one between the eyes. THE SAVIOR OF PARIS NOW MARSHAL OF FRANCE MARSHALJOFFRE MADE IMMORTAL General Is Formally Received as a Member of the French Academy. PRESIDINT W!LS(H PRESENT French Chief Executive, Mme Poin care and Mrs. Wilson Also Witness Ceremony—Great General Re fers to Vital Aid Rendered by America. Furls, Doc. 20. —Marshal Joffre now is formally numbered among France's 10 Immortals. The victor of the Marne was made a member of the ’rench academy. Promptly upon the stroke of one Marshal Joffre arrived at the institute, Tossing the Seine over the Pout des Arts, accompanied by his sponsor, Ga briel Tanotaux, and his aid de camp, Commandant Jouart. President Wilson and Mrs. Wilson arrived shortly before one o’clock and were followed a few minutes later by President and Mme. Poincare. Mme. Poincare and Mrs. Wilson sat togeth er in a box. President Wilson was cheered as he took his seat in the vis itors’ box. Marshal Joffre wore the undress uniform of marshal of France, hav ing demurred at wearing the elaborate costume of an academician. Enters as Marshal of France. “It is as a marshal of France that I enter the academy,” said the noted soldier. “And it is dressed as such that I shall present myself there.” After reviewing the part played in the war by France, Belgium and the other allies Marsha. Joffre said: “However, so much heroism and resolution would not have sufficed had not the allied peoples taken part in ihe 'battle. It was In the conviction that they were fighting for right that tlie allied nations found the strength ■to sacrifice and the certainty of ulti mate victory. The power of these noble sentiments has been evoked, in terms which are ever prusent in our memory, by' the great President Wil son, while they inspired him to most generous action.” Tribute to American Aid, Alluding to bis visit to the United States in 1017, Marshal Joffre said: “While in the midst of the Ameri can crowds I was living hours which I number among the sweetest of ray life. I had divined the need for sacri fices on their part awakened in the soul of this generous people by the heroism of our soldiers and the jus : tice of our cause. In order that France might live in prosperity, that Belgium might re-establish herself, that liberty might reign and right be reinstated America arose and resolved to throw into the fight her last man and her last dollar, “History does not record a more marvelous achievement than that of millions of men voluntarily breaking away from their peaceful pursuits to cross the seas, where lurked death; to come thousands of miles from their country to give up their lives for a noble cause, a great ideal.” Joffre Gives Credit to PcMu. Jean Riohen’n replied to the. o-•• f t r> i CHAS. J. SALICK ESTABLISHED 1853 JEWELER AND OPTOMETRIST Come and See Our Complete Line of CHRISTMAS GIFTS! 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As the audience filed out an old man was heard reciting to himself In a trembling voice: “Any unit which can advance no more must at all costs hold the con quered ground or be killed on the spot rather than retreat.” The words were an extract from Marshal Joffre’s order of the day at the start of the battle of the Marne, which opened the doors of the French academy for him, BERLIN IN NEW PLEA Germans Again Appeal to Wilson to Save Fatherland. Must Have Food, Says Communica tion Sent Through the Swedish Foreign Office. Stockholm, Dec. 20—The Swedish foreign office has handed to American Minister Morris a commnalcation from the German minister In Stock holm on behalf of the German govern ment, appealing to President Wilson for leniency to the German people. r I he communication of the minister de clares that unless the food situation in Germany Is Improved there Is grave danger of “more serious social dis turbances.” Loudon, Dec. 20.—An extremely con fused and doubtful situation has aris en in the Berlin congress of soldiers and workmen’s councils, according to dispatches from Berlin and telegrams from correspondents of the newspapers. Invasions of the congress by irresponsible parties of extremists are reported, leading to frequent up roars. These have resulted in a state of high tension with threats of the Ebert government to resign. The newspaper Yorwaerts, repre senting the government, refers to the danger of the whole apparatus of the government falling apart. It takes the most serious view of the situation. NEW ZONE SYSTEM ADOPTED Senate Repeals Second Class Postage Rate System. Washington, Dec. 20. —The senate adopted, 34 to 22, the committee amendment to the war revenue bill providing for repeal of the present zone system of second-class postage rates and substitution of a rate of 1 cent a pound within 150 miles and 1% cents a pound beyond. CAPITAL SEIZED BY PETLURA Ukrainian Separatist Troops Capture Kiev—Hetman Abdicates. Odessa, Dec. 20. —Ukrainian sepa ratist troops of the Petlura forces en tered Kiev, the capita' of the Ukraine. The hetman of the Ukraine abdicated. Telegraphic communication between Odessa and Kiev has been resumed. A division of French troops is expect ed to arrive la Odessa to-morrow. No. 90.