Lord Melchett Attains Sixty-first Birthday
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Lord Melchett Attains Sixty-first Birthday

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Lord Melchett celebrated today his sixty-first birthday.

Lord Melchett, Sir Alfred Mond as he was before his elevation to the peerage, was born in Farnworth, in Lancashire, on October 23, 1868, the second son of the late Dr. Ludwig Mond, the great chemist, and brother of Robert Ludwig Mond, the well known chemist and excavator. He entered Parliament in 1906 and served in the Government as First Commissioner of Works and Minister of Health. In 1926 he joined the Conservative Party, and in June 1928 he was elevated to the peerage. He is a leading champion of the Zionist movement, and has made large investments of capital in Palestine, in whose economic future he is a firm believer. He was the chairman of the Palestine Emergency Fund Committee, established to raise funds for the relief of the Jewish victims in the recent outbreak in Palestine. He is chairman of the Jewish Agency Council.

A special Good-Will service was held in Unity Synagogue, New York, on Friday evening. America’s Good Will Union presented the synagogue with an American flag donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Eugene C. Carder, Pastor of the Riverside Church, made the address of presentation. Rabbi Henry A. Schorr, rabbi of the congregation, accepted the flag on behalf of his congregation.

Mayor James J. Walker, Dr. B. F. Farber. of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Dr. Frank Oliver Hall. of the Church of the Divine Paternity, Dr. Finis S. Idelman. of the Central Church, Rev. Dr. Henry Darlington, of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Rabbi Isaac Landman and Dr. Edward L. Hunt addressed the gathering.

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