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A proposal to send an impartial commission to Russia to study the question of the settlement of Jews on the land is made by the “Juedische Wochenblatt,” Jewish weekly of Berlin. The paper quotes the opinion of Paul Nathan, one of the leaders of the Hilfsverein, the German Jewish relief organization, to the effect that the reports regarding the favorable prospects for land settlement in Russia are exaggerated and makes the following suggestion.
“A commission, including representatives of all Jewish circles, should be sent to Russia to investigate not only the situation regarding land settlement in Crimea but the political and material factors in Moscow as well, especially regarding the possibility for the settlers to observe Judaism and educate their children as Jews. We are convinced,” the “Juedische Wochenblatt” avers, “that the results of the investigation would show the impossibility of placing Crimea on an equal plane with Palestine as a land for Jewish settlement.”
THE PASSING OF A GREAT SCHOLAR
The late Dr. Aaron Ember of Johns Hopkins, noted Egyptologist, who died a few days ago as a result of burns sustained in a fire at his home when he attempted to save a manuscript on which he had labored for ten years, is eulogized editorially by the Baltimore “Sun.”
“The high repute in which Johns Hopkins University and the learned world held Dr. Aaron Ember is beyond question,” the paper observes, “His mastery of Hebrew, supplemented by his unusual familiarity with Arabic and Egyptian, gave him the equipment for scholarly work of a unique character–equipment which he omitted no labor in using. His studies in that language field threw new linguistic and racial light on the peoples of old Egypt.
“To the civilization now ruling on this earth the customs and speech of the great peoples of three milleniums ago are a closed book. But by such scholars as Dr. Ember the vanished kingdoms are being laid bare.”