Three Christian Fronters Indicted in New York Court; Held in $9,000 Bail
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Three Christian Fronters Indicted in New York Court; Held in $9,000 Bail

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As an aftermath of a hectic Christian Front meeting in Queens, Saturday night, the first to be held in this city since 1941, three anti-Semites were held in $9,000 bail in Queens Felony Court yesterday on charges of unlawful assembly.

When Homer Maertz, of Chicago, was brought into court on a disorderly conduct charge filed by Isidor Ginsberg, commander of the New York Department of the Jewish War Veterans of America, the magistrate, after studying the anti-Sematic literature distributed at the meeting, ordered that Maertz, who was formerly a member of the Silver Shirts, Kurt Mertig, who was ordered out of New York by the Army during the war and Ernest Elmhurst, one of the defendants in the Washington sedition trial, be charged with unlawful assembly. They were all jailed when they could not raise a total of $9,000 in bail.

The magistrate set Oct. 24 for hearing the disorderly conduct charge against Maertz and a counter-charge filed against Ginsberg by a friend of Maertz. The date when the three Christian Fronters will be tried on the unlawful assembly charge has not yet been set.

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