Kovno (Mar. 12)
The Lithuanian Government is unable to meet in its budget all the needs of the Jewish population, the Minister of the Interior, M. Aravichus, says in a written statement which he has given the J.T.A., appealing for this reason to the Joint Distribution Committee of America to continue its activities on behalf of the Jewish population of Lithuania. I am fully aware, the Minister writes, of the character of the relief given by American Jews to different countries. The Lithuanian Jews, too, have had an opportunity of sharing in this relief. The resources of a small agrarian country do not permit the granting of Government social relief on the large soale necessary to satisfy all sections of the population. We therefore consider American Jewish relief a substantial aid, and we have appreciated this assistance. So far as I have seen, the Lithuanian Jewish social organisations are making use of the American Jewish funds in the best and most frugalug manner.