Trenton, N. J. (Jul. 25)
The Civil Service Commission of the State of New Jersey has ordered the discharge, beginning August 1, of all aliens employed by the State, counties and municipalities, under the civil service. The step is taken in enforcement of the New Jersey law prohibiting the employment of aliens in public works. More than three hundred aliens will be affected.
The announcement was made by Charles P. Messick, secretary to the Commission, who stated that the only exception would be made for such aliens as are employed in mental capacities where citizens cannot be obtained to perform the work. The policy to retain aliens until satisfactory citizens can replace them will be followed in order not to work hardships on hospital patients.
It is understood that the Commission is having difficulty in replacing some of the vacancies, particularly in the State Highway Commission where fifteen draftsmen and designers are scheduled to go on August 1.
David Belasco, veteran American Jewish producer, known as the Dean of the American theatre, celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday on Wednesday in Atlantic City, where his latest play, “It’s a Wise Child.” is being groomed for its New York premiere.
Asked concerning his retirement from the stage, Mr. Belasco said, he feels as if he were on the threshold of his career and looks forward. “I am confident of the great years ahead,” he said. “I feel as I did at 21. Retire? I shall retire when I am carried feet first out of the theatre.”
Mr. Belasco has been responsible for the production of some three hundred plays. He has been connected with the theatre since he was eight months old, when he made his first appearance with his mother in a mother and infant part.
In addition to producing the plays of others, Mr. Belasco has produced more than one hundred plays of his own authorship.