Ottawa (Sep. 4)
“I am glad of the opportunity to express my profound sympathy with those who have been bereaved and who have suffered through these disturbances,” declared President Herbert Hoover, in a message today to Mrs. A. J. Fricman, of Ottawa, who is chairman of the Palestine Emergency Fund in Canada.
“Good citizens in every country deplore these outbreaks and the loss of life,” President Hoover declared. “Our Government is deeply concerned, not only in the broader sense, but in the narrower sense, of the protection of the lives of American citizens.
“Our advices are that the vigorous action taken by the British Government has restored a large measure of protection, although that government is still faced with great burdens from this outbreak of fanaticism. I know the whole world acknowledged the fine spirit shown by the British Government in accepting the Mandate over Palestine in order that there might, under their protection, be established a homeland so long desired by the Jews. Great progress has been made in this inspiring enterprise over these last ten years, and to this progress the American Jews have made enormous contributions. They have demonstrated not only the fine sentiments and ideals which inspired their activities, but its practical possibilities.
“I am confident out of these tragic events will come greater security and greater safeguards for the future, under which the steady rehabilitation of Palestine, as a true homeland, will be ever more assured.
“An immediate and pressing question is the relief to those who are suffering. The fine sympathy of the American people is well evidencing itself in this purpose, and it should receive the most generous support.”
Today was observed as a day of fast and prayer throughout the Dominion.