Kovno (Jun. 22)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The prospects for the National Minorities under the new progressive Government appear to be of the brightest. The democratic press is full of assurances that the Government will satisfy all the rights of the Minorities.
The Government organ, “Lietuvas,” writes: “The National Minorities may be sure that all the wrongs committed against them by the former Government will be made right and that they will obtain full national autonomy.”
The minorities in Lithuania are united among themselves in all matters affecting the question of national autonomy. They have formed a special commission to keep the respective minorities in constant touch with each other and to coordinate the work of the Jewish, Polish and German factions in Parliament. The Jewish representative on the Commission is Dr. Jacob Robinson.
Mayor Kendrick was the principal speaker at the laying of the cornerstone of the West Philadelphia Community Centre. Albert M. Greenfield, Jules E. Mastbaum. Jacob Billikopf, Rabbi Levinthal, Judge Leopold Glass, and Maurice E. Levick, city councilman, were among the speakers.
Samuel Untermyer has given $10,000 to the Yonkers Branch of the United Jewish Campaign and that city’s quota has been oversubscribed, it was announced. The Yonkers committee, of which Sidney Haas is Chairman, was asked to raise $40,000. Through the contribution of Mr. Untermyer, the total reached $45,000.
Nathan Straus is presenting to the Hebrew University Library in Palestine an autograph draft of a letter by Leo Tolstoi to the Crar, Nicholas II. The note, which was written March 28, 1901, reads in translation as follows: “Your Imperial Majesty:
“Sending to you with this letter my address to your Majesty and your aides, I beg you to trust my assurance that I do so only because I found myself compelled by my own conscience, and that I was guided solely by my good will towards the Russian people and your Majesty.
“Loving you, “LEO TOLSTOY”