Plan Establishment of Pro-palestine Committee in Italy, Z.o. Leader Says

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The prospects for the establishment of a Pro-Palestine Committee in Italy were considered favorable by Dr. Victor Jacobsohn who left here today after a stay of a week. During his visit Dr. Jacobsohn conferred with Italian statesmen, leaders of public opinion and prominent men in the Jewish community. Dr. Jacobsohn is satisfied that the necessary conditions exist at present in Italy for the formation of a Pro-Palestine Committee, similar to those in Germany and France.

Dr. Jacobsohn intends to return to Italy in April in order to proceed with the work of forming the Pro-Palestine Committee.

The New York cast of “Abie’s Irish Rose” will be guests of honor at the open meeting of the Jewish Theatrical Guild of America this afternoon at the Republic Theatre.

The International Fur Workers Union of the United States and Canada dissolved the Joint Board of Furriers, suspended its constituent local unions and expelled thirty members of the union. Among the charges were that Benjamin Gold, manager of the Joint Board, had permitted the Communist Party to shape the policies of the last furriers’ strike, that certain members had misappropriated funds and that the Joint Board had issued its own union books, thus in effect establishing a dual union.

Announcement of the action was made by Ozier Schachtman, President of the International Union, following a meeting of the subcommittee which investigated the charges. The International Union ordered the Joint Board and Locals 1, 5, 10 and 15 to deliver at once all funds and properties to the special committee of the American Federation of Labor–Matthew Woll, Hugh Frayne and Edward F. McGrady–who would hold such property in trust.

Jacob Epstein, Baltimore merchant, who a few weeks ago purchased Van Dyck’s “Rinaldo and Armida”, has now bought the portrait of Emilia Pia de Montefeltro, by Raphael, whose work is found in some of the big museums but rarely in private ownership. This canvas is said to have cost Mr. Epstein $250,000, which was his reported cost for the Van Dyck. Both are believed to be destined ultimately for the Baltimore Museum.

News of the purchase was announced by the Kleinberger Galleries, who negotiated it. Delivery has already been made to Mr. Epstein.

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