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State Department to ‘do What It Can’

Secretary of State Cordell Hull today took cognizance of rising sentiment in the United States for preservation of the Palestine Jewish homeland by telling his press conference that the State Department was giving care and attention to all phases of the question, as to what it could do within its functions. Naturally, he said, the department would continue to do so.

(The New York Post said in a Washington dispatch by Kenneth Crawford that Secretary Hull would within the next day or two issue a strong statement urging that Palestine be left open to Jewish refugees.)

In reply to a question about telegrams sent to President Roosevelt and the Secretary of State about Palestine, Mr. Hull said he understood that several thousand wires and letters had been received, which were being examined as carefully and as rapidly as possible. (The White House has received 2,500 telegrams and the State Department more than 5,000, according to Stephen early, president Roosevelt’s press secretary.) perhaps in a day or so, mr. hull said, he would be able to comment on the subject, after the communications had been tabulated and the subject matter digested.

Mr. Hull stated that he understood that the British Government was not taking any action regarding future policy in pales tine possibly until nov. 1.

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