Work on Novomejsky Grant Proceeding
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Work on Novomejsky Grant Proceeding

Around the area of the Novemjsky concession at the Dead Sea it seemed today as if it had been snowing. As a matter of fact the shining piles of white crystals that looked like snow are the first fruits of an enterprise which it is hoped will some day employ thousands of Jews in the production of salt, fertilizer and chemicals. The 25 young men who were busy at the experimental salt bins express complete satisfaction with life on the shore of the Dead Sea.

Engineers are busy taking measurements for the construction of a pumping station, engine house and a new roadway leading to the River Jordan. It is possible that the work on these projects must be started at once in an effort to complete them before the heavy rains set in.

The colony of workers at the Dead Sea were entirely unaffected by the recent disturbances and are maintaining their friendly relations with the local Arabs. Nevertheless, they point with great satisfaction to a small blockhouse, the only stone building in the entire neighborhood, where they can take refuge in case of danger.

The workers are complaining because they are officially permitted only four rifles for defense purposes. This, they say, is insufficient, because of the proximity of the Transjordania Bedouins.