Ica Colonies in Argentine Are Prosperous, Report at Paris Meeting Says

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Good tidings of the progress of the Jewish agricultural settlements in the Argentine were brought to the general annual meeting of the Ica. Jewish Colonization Association. held here under the chairmanship of Jules Philippson. of the Administrative Council. A report submitted on the situation in Argentine states that the Jewish colonies there are in a prosperous state. They cover an area of 590,000 hectares of land and have a population of 33,135; 3.654 families numbering 20,382 persons, are definitely settled on the land.

In Brazil, the Philippson settlement has been placed on a sound economic basis. A new colony named Baron de Hirsch was organized there. In Canada, the Ica colonies have made repayments amounting to more than the Ica disbursement. The report also expressed firm belief in the future of Russian colonization. The Ica colonies in Southern Russia have 7.800 farmers settled on an area of 95.905 hectares with a population of 36,845. In accordance with an agreement between the Ica and American Jewish organizations, the Ica undertook to settle the stranded refugees in Roumania, Turkey and Poland. The task will be completed this year, the report stated.

Jack J. Zahler, American candy manufacturer, who is now in Mexico City, received a series of letters threatening him with death for aiding the Mexican soldiers in their search for Jacob Rosenthal, the New York merchant who was kidnapped and later killed by bandits. Mr. Zahler, who was Mr. Rosenthal’s host, was warned at the time of the kidnapping not to inform Mexico City officials. Ignoring the bandits’ demands he led the search along the road between Cuernavaca and the capital where Rosenthal was kidnapped.

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