Tour to Aid Reich Exiles Completed
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Tour to Aid Reich Exiles Completed

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Denying reports from abroad that he plans to resign as League of Nations High Commissioner for Jewish and Other Refugees from Germany, James G. McDonald, accompanied by his wife, returned Thursday from Rio De Janeiro aboard the Munson liner, S.S. American Legion. The Commissioner had spent the last three months touring Argentine, Brazil and Uruguay, studying the possibilities of colonization of refugees in those countries.

Though he would make no definite statement as to the colonization prospects in the Latin-American countries, Mr. McDonald seemed optimistic. He was impressed with the future of the countries he had inspected and he believes that the refugees could play an important part in their upbuilding.


“In Argentina and Brazil,” he said, “there is a general feeling of confidence that the present improvement in business will continue. In both countries plans are being energetically pushed for the diversification of the basic agricultural products, through the expansion of cotton and fruit crops in Argentina and cotton, rice and tobacco in Brazil.

“Indeed,” he continued, “as soon as one really comprehends the truly continental size and the wide diversity of soil and climate of these two countries, it becomes obvious that they possess almost limitless possibilities. They are in the fullest sense countries of the future. I am confident, therefore, that many refugees will be permitted to make their contributions

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