Palestine Government Issues Rules Regulating Electrification Work

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The rules which will govern the work of the Palestine Electric Corporation, which, under the concession granted by the Colonial Office to Engineer Pinchas Ruttenberg, is to provide for the electrification of Palestine and adjacent territory, were set forth in an ordinance published today in an extra issue of the Palestine government’s official Gazette.

The ordinance, which contains 34 pages, states that exclusive concession rights were granted to the Palestine Electric Corporation for a period of 70 years for the utilization of, first, the Jordan and the Jordan basin, including the River Yarmuk and other tributaries within the territory of Palestine and Transjordania and secondly, those parts of the Rivers Jordan and Yarmuk which are outside of the boundaries of Palestine and which are available for utilization under the provisions of the Anglo-French Convention of December 23, 1921 or on the basis of other agreements.

The Palestine Electric Corporation, according to the provisions of the ordinance, is obliged to erect within the period of five years, dams on the Yarmuk and the Jordan and also to build a power house near Jisrel-Majami, as well as transmission lines supplying hydro-electric energy within the territories of Jaffa, Haifa, Tiberias, Ramlch and the sub-districts. The company is also obliged to erect reserve fuel power houses in Haifa and Tiberias. The company will have to pay a fine of £2,000 for each month of delay beyond the specified period for carrying out the plan.

At the request of the company the Palestine government, the ordinance provides, will expropriate with proper compensation land and buildings as well as the existing electricity undertakings. After the needs of Palestine will have been satisfied, the company may start to supply territories outside of the country. The Palestine Electric Corporation is, under the provisions of the ordinance, to establish telegraphic, telephone and wireless systems for the purpose of carrying on the concession work.

Representatives of organized labor as the spokesmen for workers of every class yesterday in Albany urged enactment of the Lipowicz-Hickey bill to define when injunctions may issue in labor disputes. The measure is patterned closely upon the Clayton amendment to the Sherman Anti-Trust Law. The labor delegations numbered 550.

Matthew Wolf. Vice President of the American Federation of Labor; John Sullivan, President of the New York State Federation of Labor, and Frank X. Sullivan, counsel for the State Federation, presented the arguments of the labor unions.

Immigration to Canada in the calendar year 1926 amounted to 135,984, as compared with 84,907 for the year 1925, an increase of 60 per cent, according to a Canadian Pacific Railway bulletin. Newcomers from the British Israel in the period totaled 48,819. as compared with 35,362 in 1925; from the United States, 20,944, as against 17,717, and from other countries, 66,221, as compared with 31,828. In addition, 62,293 Canadians who had gone to the United States with the intention to remaining there, and had been away six months or longer, returned to Canada to make permanent for domicile, as compared with 39,987 so returning ? 1925.

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