Moscow (Aug. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
An order will soon be issued for four hundred more families to go to Bureya in October, a report in the “Emes,” Moscow Yiddish Communist daily, states.
Three hundred of the new settlers will be assigned to forest work. One hundred of the party will be artisans.
A report received here from the region visted by the floods following the cyclone state that the waters are receding in the Far East district, but they are continuing to rise gradually in the Chabarovsk district.
The damage suffered by Jewish settlers in Bureya from the flood amounted to 65,000, according to the latest estimate received from Rashkes, representative of the Ozet, the society sponsoring the Bureya settlement. The population in Chabarovsk has been mobilized to salvage foodstuffs and products.
An investigating commission composed of three Jews and two non-Jews, sent by the White Russian University to Bira-Bidzhan, returned with an unfavorable report. The experiment at Bira is unscientific, they found. Of the seven areas for Jewish colonization, only five are connected with Bira, while the others are without road connection and for this reason their situation is extremely bad.
It is difficult to say whether the twenty-eight organized artisan cooperatives can remain as collectives, the commission stated in its report. The building materials and the system of construction is unsatisfactory and expensive, the report continues. Most of the horses are unbroken and the livestock is of bad quality. Another hundred settlers may have to return home because they are not yet established on the soil. They have been earning a living at various occupations.
Climatic conditions in the district seem suitable for colonization, the report added.