A denial of rumors spread in certain circles concerning Sir Alfred Mond’s religious affiliation was made by Sir Alfred in an interview with the representative of the “American Hebrew,” before his departure from New York.
“Please make it known that I am not a member of the Church of England or of any other Church. I was born and reared in the Jewish faith: I have never left it and never will. The statements that have been made to the contrary from time to time annoy me. There is no excuse for them. It might have been of great advantage to me to join the Church of England, but I never would and never will,” Sir Alfred declared.
Commenting on Lloyd George’s recent attack on him on the occasion of his formally leaving the Liberal Party, Sir Alfred said: “George lost his temper. I doubt whether there are two men more closely knitted and ardent in their friendship than he and I. George just lost his temper.”
The eighty-fourth anniversary of Gimbel Brothers, founded by Adam Gimbel, whose first business was done from a peddler’s pack, is being celebrated this month.
Adam Gimbel carried on his back through the remote regions of Southern Mississippi such necessities as buttons and thread, needles and pins, cotton goods, shoe laces and soles.
He was born in Bavaria in 1817 and came as a lad to New Orleans. After seven years of peddling he had saved enough to open a small store in Vincenues, Ind. It was really more of a trading post than store. But the post prospered and in time he opened three more posts.
The family that Adam Gimbel founded still controls six extensive department stores. In the Gimbel organization now are active five sons and nine grandsons, as well as one son of an adopted orphan.
Columbia University has instituted a program to include religious education in the class with outside activities. This religious training will be under the direct supervision of H. E. Evans. Director of the Columbia University Christian Association.
The new program was adopted in response to an unexpected interest in religion revealed by the students.