Moscow (Jul. 9)
“In America we found the Jews were adjustable to changes and the country was benefited thereby. We expect to find the same in Bidjan,” declared Prof. Franklin Harris, at a banquet given last night by the Icor to the members of the commission which will proceed to Bira-Bidjan to investigate the possibilities for Jewish land settlement there. Prof. Harris heads the commission.
Agriculturists, scientists and journalists were present at the dinner. Among the speakers were A. Merezhin and Prof. Kobusoft, as well as the members of the commission: Professors Davidson and Kuntz, Benjamin Brown, E. Wattenberg and L. Talmi.
Mr. Wattenberg, speaking for the Icor, declared that the expedition has no instructions but will conduct its investigations and bring back an unbiased report on the possibilities of Bira-Bidjan.