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Guiana Mission Returns, Withholds Comment Pending Report to Roosevelt Body

Several members of the British Guiana commission, including Dr. Joseph A. Rosen, returned today after a two-month survey of settlement possibilities offered to refugees by Great Britain. Other members of the six-man mission, which went under auspices of the President’s Advisory Committee on Refugees, have either already returned or are expected back within the next few days.

Comment on their impressions of the territory offered for refugee colonization was refused by the commission members pending preparation and submission of their report to the Roosevelt body. According to George L. Warren, executive secretary of the advisory committee, the report will be turned over by the committee to the Intergovernmental Refugee Committee which will make it public in London.

The commission left for its survey on Feb. 8 with instructions to “determine the suitability and practicability of large-scale colonization in British Guiana for involuntary emigrants of European origin and the approximate number which might be settled.” Its members are: Dr. Edward C. Ernst, chairman; Dr. Anthony Donovan; Col. Howard U. Nicholas, Emil C. Bataille, Desmond Holdridge and Dr. Rosen.