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Jerusalem Quiet After Sunday’s Riots; Countryside Unaffected by Disturbances

A strict censorship of newspapers in order to check agitation and incitement to continued rioting from being published in the Arab press was ordered this afternoon by the High Commissioner, Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope.

Earlier orders for the proclamation of a curfew law in Jerusalem were countermanded as the situation began to improve here and it became apparent that such a measure was not necessary for the maintenance of the peace. Heavy patrols today guarded the city which was quiet after a series of disturbances yesterday added two more lives to the death toll of the Arab riots which began in Jaffa Friday.

The disorders, resulting from attempts of the Palestine Arab Executive to stage demonstrations against Jewish immigration despite prohibition of such demonstrations by the Palestine government, thus far have been confined to the cities.

Everything remains quiet throughout the Palestine countryside, the Arab villagers turning deaf ears to the efforts of agitators to enlist them in the general strike proclaimed by the Arab Executive and in the antigovernment demonstrations.

Arab laborers in the Jewish colonies did not join in the general strike and throughout all the disorders in the cities, attended to their duties as usual.

Moslem women, including the wives of many of the demonstration leaders who are under arrest, this afternoon petitioned the High Commissioner for the release of the arrested men. All those arrested in connection with the rioting yesterday had been remanded for fifteen days.

An official communique issued this afternoon reveals that plans for the elaborate ceremonies in connection with the formal opening of the new harbor at Haifa, scene of grave disorders Saturday, have been sharply curtailed because the High Commissioner feels that lives would be lost and families bereaved if the ceremonies were held and the occasion seized ### for demonstrations. The ceremonies were to have been held tomorrow.

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