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Anti-semitic Propaganda in Bessarabian Villages Makes Jews Fear Tense Situation

An atmosphere that the Jews fear may produce anti-Semitic excesses now prevails in various Bessarabian towns as a result of the reaction to the election to parliament of the anti-Semitic leader, Professor Alexander Cuza, and from the aftereffects of an Easter fight near a Kishinev church in which a Christian boy was stabbed.

A number of the participants in the brawl, including one Jew, were arrested but in the meantime the stabbed boy died of his injuries. While the police have been investigating the affray the anti-Semites have utilized the incident for open propaganda. Windows in many Jewish shops have been smashed.

The anti-Semitism is particularly strong in the secondary schools among the students. In the meantime the Jewish community of Kishinev has intervened with the local authorities calling their attention to the danger from the growing agitation.