Jerusalem (Feb. 23)
Field-Marshal Sir Claud Jacob is being mentioned here as the next High Commissioner for Palestine, to succeed Sir John Chancellor on the expiration of his term of office in the summer. No information can be obtained, however, which would go to confirm the report.
Field Marshal Lord Allenby, the conqueror of Palestine, and Sir Ronald Storrs, former Governor of Jerusalem, have recently been mentioned in Palestine in connection with the post of High Commissioner, without any indication, however, of the reliability of the reports.
Prior to the appointment of Sir John Chancellor and of Field Marshal Lord Plumer rumour was busy with the names of candidates, Sir Claud Jacob and General Sir George MacMunn, former Commander-in-Chief in Mesopotamia, being among those mentioned at various times as likely candidates.
Field Marshal Sir Claude Jacob, notwithstanding his biblical name, is not a Jew. He is a son of the late Major-General Jacob. He has been Chief of the General Staff in India, and later Commander-in-Chief in India, and was promoted Field Marshal in 1926.