Bucharest (Jan. 24)
The entire Jewish population of the village of Hartopu-Mare, in the district of Orhei, near Kishineff, have fled panic-stricken from their homes, some taking refuge in Orhei, and some going right on to Kishineff, fearing a serious outbreak of anti-semitic disturbance to-day in the village, where preparations were being made for the consecration of the banner of the local branch of the antisemitic terrorist organisation, the Archangel Michael (which the Government in its recent instructions to the local authorities throughout the country ordered to be suppressed and treated as an illegal organisation).
A delegation of Jews from Hartopu-Mare has visited the Directory of Gendarmes in Kishineff and lodged a complaint against the inactivity of the police of the village in face of the preparations that were being made there to work up an agitation, declaring that the Chief of Gendarmes himself had tried to spread a feeling of panic among the Jewish population by telling them what the Saturday held in store for them.
The District Prefect, M. Doncila, admits that he knew weeks ago of the preparations that were going on, but he did not think the situation was so grave as to require any special action.
The local antisemitic leader in the village, a man named Busuioc, has now been arrested, and will be put on trial. Action is also to be taken against the Chief of the Village Gendarmerie for spreading panic among the Jews. The Secretary of the Directory, M. Florescu, has promised to take all necessary measures to give full protection to the Jews and to punish all those found guilty of being concerned in the anti-Jewish movement.
One of the Bessarabian Deputies is understood to be putting an interpellation in Parliament to demand the removal of the District Prefect, who knew what was going on in the village and took no action to put a stop to it.