New Aus­trian Repub­lic de­clared

Benalla Ensign - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Sol­diers broke into the home of the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Count Istva´n Tisza, the leader of the prowar party, and killed him in front of his wife. It was the fourth as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on Tisza.

By day’s end Em­peror Karl had ac­cepted this coup, too.

He ap­pointed Count Ka´rolyi, the Revo­lu­tion’s leader, as Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter.

Karl then dis­solved the union of Aus­tria and Hun­gary.

The 800-year-old Hab­s­burg em­pire of Aus­tro-Hun­gary died with a whim­per.

Freud, who knew Tisra and Ka´rolyi, ‘‘doubted that it was a sign of po­lit­i­cal shrewd­ness to kill the smartest count and make the stu­pid­est one Prime Min­is­ter’’.

The Hun­gar­ian Peo­ple’s Repub­lic led by Ka´rolyi came into ex­is­tence on Novem­ber 16.

It would be over­thrown by a Bol­she­vik coup in March 1919.

Em­peror Karl would die at the age of 34.

Ana­tole France, the French novelist, said Karl was ‘‘the only de­cent man to come out of the war in a lead­er­ship po­si­tion’’.

He sin­cerely wanted peace and there­fore was de­spised by the whole world.

Karl was be­at­i­fied by the Catholic Church in 2004.

Bul­garia had signed an Ar­mistice on Septem­ber 29, and to­day Tur­key signed an Ar­mistice.

The Aus­tro-Hun­gar­ian army would be­gin a uni­lat­eral cease­fire on Novem­ber 3.

Only Ger­many would strug­gle on for a few days more, at­tempt­ing un­suc­cess­fully to gain an Ar­mistice that would pro­tect some ter­ri­to­rial gains.

Gen­eral Lu­den­dorff re­signed in protest at the terms that Ger­many was pre­pared to agree. He wanted all ter­ri­to­rial gains re­tained.

The old Aus­tro-Hun­gar­ian fleet was given to Yu­goslavia. Its Danube flotilla was handed to the Hun­gar­i­ans.

On the Western Front 30 000 pris­on­ers had been cap­tured in Flan­ders by the Al­lies in the last month.

Mean­while, Thoona held a hare shoot this week to raise money for pa­tri­otic pur­poses, $6.53 was raised.

This week a new de­ter­mi­na­tion came into force for shop as­sis­tants.

An adult male was to be paid $6.10 per week or $317.20 per an­num ex­clu­sive of over­time and pub­lic hol­i­days.

Miss Munro and Ross were driv­ing home to Benalla this week by jinker with Ge­orge Rose.

At a gravel pit, an os­trich at­tempted to get over the fence onto the road.

The horse draw­ing the jinker shied. The jinker was over­turned. The three were thrown out, suf­fer­ing mi­nor in­juries.

This is not the first time the os­trich had caused an ac­ci­dent.

— John Barry, AN­ZAC Com­mem­o­ra­tive Work­ing Party, Coo-ee — Hon­our­ing our WWI


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