Jerusalem (Dec. 18)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The opinion of an American diplomatic observer of conditions in Palestine was expressed by William S. Culbertson, American Minister to Roumania, who is on a visit here.
Palestine needs greater development and a larger population. There is room for the Jews in Palestine, but the backward Arabs will always fear the Zionist activity if Arab leaders will continue to conduct their agitation, he said.
An exciting adventure befell the American Minister, his wife and their two children when they went to Petra, an historic site near the Wadi-el-Araba, the valley between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Akaba. On the road, their motor car broke down and the visitors were marooned in the desert for several hours. Wandering Bedouins, believing that the party consisted of smugglers, fired at the car. When Mr. Culbertson succeeded in convincing the Bedouins that they were peaceful tourists, the Bedouins helped to start the car and conducted them to the right route. The Bedouins also apologized to the American minister for their discourtesy.