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Jewish Shopkeepers in Ukraine Suffer Hardships

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The Ukrainian newspapers just received here report that a great number of summonses are being issued daily against the shopkeepers, mostly Jews, in the various cities of Ukraine, for not adhering to the fixed retail prices enforced by the local authorities, following the policy of lowering the cost of living.

In Kiev alone during the last few days not less than one hundred shopkeepers have been tried and heavily fined. To enable the police to control the dealings of the shopkeepers, the authorities of the Kiev district have instructed all traders to keep in a prominent place in their shops a book of complaints to be available for all customers.

The private shopkeepers, who are successfully competing with the State controlled cooperative stores, are subjected to heavy taxation, and as a result of this a number of shops have been closed down, increasing the number of unemployed.

Louis Blun. eighty-three, retired tobacco importer and oldest member of the Harmonie Club, died Wednesday while at luncheon in the club dining room.

He was a charter member of the Harmonie Club, which he helped to organize in January, 1866. He retired from business twenty years ago.

Moses Ottinger, father of Attorney General Albert Ottinger, left an estate appraised at $1,300,454 gross and $1.229,406 net. Mr. Ottinger, who died Nov. 16, 1925, left a total of $29,000 in charitable and educational bequests.

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