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Sponsors Fail to Get Two-thirds Vote on Calendar Reform

Failure to receive a two-thirds majority on a referendum conducted among business organizations will prevent the Chamber of Commerce of the United States from committing itself as favoring proposed calendar changes advocated by a committee under the leadership of George Eastman. The proposals were submitted to the membership of the United States Chamber of Commerce as recommendations of a special committee of the Chamber. Jewish organizations in the United States led by the League for the Protection of the Fixity of the Sabbath have vigorously opposed attempts to change the calendar which might affect the sequential occurrence of the Sabbath.

The vote of the Chamber of Commerce constituents was as follows:

On the proposal that the present calendar should be so changed as to bring about a great comparability in business records for periods within a year and for periods from year to year: For 1,549, against 1,318; that the form which changes in the calendar should take should be determined through international conference; For 1,783, against 1,082: that the government of the United States should participate in an international conference to determine the form of changes to be made in the calendar: For 1,856, against 1,009.

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