Bucharest (Dec. 10)
A contrasting picture is given in reports received here concerning the progress of the parliamentary election campaign in the Old Kingdom. Few anti-Semitic slogans are employed in the electioneering of the Roumanian parties. Even the Cuzists seem to feel that anti-Semitism as an issue has lost its effectiveness.
According to the report, several election districts, including Kishineff and Stimpolung, will go to the polls without Cuzist lists to vote for. The Cuzists in these districts have lost so much of their influence that they were in no position to gather a sufficient number of signatures as provided in the election ordinance for the presentation of their lists.
On the other hand, the struggle between the Jewish parties and groups is going on apace. The meetings called by the Union of Roumanian Jews of Bucharest affiliated with the Liberal Party were broken off in several provincial towns.
The fights between the Jewish groups are attracting wide attention in the Roumania press. Some of the newspapers supporting the National Peasant Party criticized the Union of Roumanian Jews for “dragging Roumanian Jewry into the bitter struggle between the Roumanian parties.” The papers charge the Union, in particular, for its issuance of a manifesto to Roumanian Jews to support the Liberal Party against the Maniu government, with sacrificing the peace of Roumanian Jewry in the interest of the Liberal Party.
Political observers in Bucharest are predicting an overwhelming victory for the Maniu party and therefore the probable failure of the Jewish candidates on the lists of the opposition groups.
Unnaturalized residents of Bessarabia will have the cooperation of the authorities in securing Roumanian citizenship even before the radical changes in the naturalization law planned by the Maniu government will be brought about. This was the statement made by the Understate Secretary of the Foreign Office in reply to a petition of the Jewish community of Kishineff.