Brother Thinks Consul Kirjassoff May Be Alive

Max Kirjassoff, acting consul general of Yokohama who is reported to have lost his life in the earthquake may be alive, his brother, Meyer, thinks. He said the consul General was accustomed to leave Yokohama for the week ends and it is probable he and his wife were not in the city during the disaster.

Consul Kirjassoff was brought from Russia as a child of three by his father, Nathan Kirjassoff, who owns a jewelry store at 118 Tomkins Avenue Brooklyn.

Upon their arrival here the Kirjassoffs went to Waterbury, Connecticut. There Max obtained his elementary schooling. He later entered Yale University graduating in 1910. He attained prominence at Yale both for his scholastic standing and for his record in sports. While there, he became an intimate friend of the son of President Taft who was also attending Yale at the time.

Upon graduation Kirjassoff took the examinations for consular service and was appointed by President Taft to the consulate at Yokohama. With the death last November of the Consul General Skidmore. Kirjassoff was promoted to Acting Consul General. It was expected that he would soon be given the permanent appointment as full Consular General.

Among other Americans in the quake zone not heard from is Ben Kline, news editor of the Japan Advertiser, which is published in Yokohama by B.W. Fleischer.

Rabbi Abram Simon, president of the Central Conference of America Rabbi, has issued a call to all members of the Conference to obtain subscriptions to the Japanese fund of the American Red Cross.

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