Berlin (May. 13)
A gift of a large house and grounds to be used as a convalescent home for artists and writers, offered to the city by Mrs. Lily Deutsch, widow of the late Felix Deutsch, president of the General Electric Works, was accepted by the Berlin city government. Mrs. Deutsch is the sister of Otto Kahn, American financier. The Deutsch-Nationale party welcomed the gift.
In the meantime discussion in the Municipal Council on the question of granting the site for a summer home to Prof. Albert Einstein, a gift made by the city on the occasion of the scientist’s fiftieth birthday, is still going on. The matter had been regarded as settled, merely the formal sanction of the Municipal Council being required. When the question came up the nationalist councillors refused to vote, declaring there was no quorum in the council and demanding a public discussion. Over the opposition of other councillors, dis-discussion on the subject was postponed until May 29.
Prof. Einstein recently wrote the City Mayor that, in order to end the dissension in the Council, he declines the gift of the city.