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Lord Melchett Attains 60th Birthday; Makes Gift to Hebrew Dictionary Fund

Lord Melchett, the former Sir Alfred Moritz Mond, who is now on a visit to the United States, celebrated his sixtieth birthday yesterday.

Born in Farnworth, Lancashire, October 23, 1868, the son of Dr. Ludwig Mond, he was made a baronet in 1910. He served as Minister of Health in 1921-1922. His elevation to the peerage was announced in the King’s birthday honors on June 3 of this year.

A contribution of $7,500 by Lord Melchett toward the Ben Yehuda Memorial Trust of Jerusalem for the completion of the Hebrew dictionary begun by the late Ben Yehuda, was announced on the occasion of Lord Melchett’s birthday by Rabbi J. Max Weis. This contribution supplements a previous one made by Lord Melchett and, it was stated, will serve to expedite the publication of the remaining volumes of the dictionary.

Other contributors to the fund for the completion of the Hebrew dictionary are Mrs. Jacob Wertheim, Maurice and Albert Wertheim totalling $20,000: Felix M. Warburg $15,000; Judge Irving Lehman and Louis Marshall.

Despatches from Toronto ascribe the recently effected changes in the control of the nickel production to the visit of Lord Melchett to the United States and Canada. Canadian interests are said to have gained control of the International Nickel by a spectacular battle on the stock exchanges of Toronto, Montreal and New York, it being understood that the American shareholders were bought out. A statement published in the Toronto Mail and Empire termed these transactions “a part of Great Britain’s policy to insure world peace by dominating the source of supply of one of the essential implements of war.”

The International Nickel went up in price on the New York Stock Exchange at the beginning of the week about five points. This followed sensational gains scored the preceding week, during which the stock advanced from $149 to $190. closing at $179 at the end of the week, described as the most puzzling feature of the preceding week’s feverish market.

Dr. Schmarya Levin. member of the Zionist Actions Committee and one of the early organizers of the Zionist movement in his address following the acceptance of the resolutions at the Non-Zionist Conference stated:

“This meeting emphasizes an unusual chain of events in our recent history and the topsy-turvy world in which we live. What should come first comes last and vice versa. Palestine can be rebuilt only through a union of all forces of our people. But the universal ambition of our people is not sufficient. We must also have the sauction of other governments, and the good-will of the great powers of the world.

“Strangely enough, we received the sanction for our project from the world powers, before we ourselves were united. But all that is past. American Jewry has the great privilege of proclaiming the messacre of unity. Today we stand united in body and soul, inflamed by one ideal, striving toward one goal, which will revitalize us as a part of humanity, and through us–all of humanity.

“In conclusion. I wish to pay my profound respects to the leaders of American Jewry, headed by Louis Marshall, who by their devotion to and selflessness for Jewish idealism, brought this occasion to pass. Perhaps they deliberated too long. Then, an East European Jew came upon the scene and accelerated the steps toward the unity, for which we have all been praying. I express my thanks and congratulations to that great Western Leader of American Jewry, Louis Marshall, and to his associates. The two outstanding leaders met and, after long preparations, forged this historic moment. It is an occasion for great pride to those of us who are here and it will, undoubtedly, within the near future, bring good fortune and glory to all of our people,” Dr. Levin declared.

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