Tel Aviv (Jul. 20)
A love-crazed girl of sixteen years, Naomi Schmidt, said to be mentally unbalanced, has committed what is believed to be the first love crime in Palestine.
Daughter of a Jewish artist, Miss Schmidt had fallen in love with Meskin, famous Habimah Art Theatre star, who has created the role of “Hagolem.”
The star did not even know the girl. She called at his home, the third story of an apartment house at 6 Pinsker street, bringing a bouquet. Mrs. Meskin, the star’s wife, who is an expectant mother, accepted the flowers smilingly, as she is accustomed to these floral tributes. Hardly had she turned than the girl drew a dagger and stabbed her deep in the shoulder.
Neighbors rushed in at the sound of the screams and detained the girl, while the woman rushed to another neighbor, Dr. Sternberg. First aid was administered and she was taken to a hospital, where she is in a serious condition as a piece of the dagger had remained in her back. An operation is necessary.
The girl, meanwhile, is under arrest.