way through the crowd to the chairman’s table. It is understood that a test case will be made of Mr. Borenstein’s complaint in the immediate future.
Herman Speier, an officer of the American Jewish Congress, said that after he had conferred with Dr. Stephen S. Wise, the Congress last week forwarded to Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch a request that action be taken to crush Hamid’s movement.
An offer of cooperation from the Harlem Negroes was forthcoming from Fred H. Moore, editor of the New York Age, Negro weekly, who said Negro organizations are fighting Hamid as hard as the business men are.
ABDUL’S BRIEF SESSION
Edgar Burman, commander of the Anti-Nazi Minute Men, told how, with forty of his men, he had attended one of Hamid’s street meetings at 125th street and Seventh avenue last Saturday night. Because of the presence of his men, he said, Hamid ended the meeting after ten minutes.
Speaking of his organization, Burman said, “We have torn the word ‘dignity’ out of our dictionary.”
Throughout the meeting, merchants arose to tell of personal encounters with Hamid’s agents. They recounted doleful tales of non-cooperation by police and “extortion” on the part of Hamid. They denounced him roundly for forcing them to hire members of his alliance.
The merchants were promised by the chairman that their cases will be considered by a committee of the association and action will be taken. Each merchant was obliged to pay an initial fee of five dollars for membership in the organization.