RIGA (Sep. 21)
The stream of refugees from Poland is gradually drying up. Only the wealthier among Polish citizens are continuing the trek to new frontiers. Some of these arriving here today reported that the Russians everywhere were giving all persons unwilling to accept the Soviet regime 24 hours to evacuate.
Contrary to expectations, the Russians have not occupied Turmont, thus permitting a free exodus of refugees, many of whom, however, are returning to Poland.
Free distribution of food to the poor of Wilno was one of the first acts of the Soviet army of occupation, according to the daughter of a prominent Jewish lawyer named Rubinstein, who arrived here yesterday from Wilno. She said Russian tanks were followed by armored trucks loaded with food packages containing meat, sugar and butter which were distributed free to the Wilno poor.
The invaders announced that those desiring to leave would be permitted 24 hours in which to clear out without molestation. All work, according to Miss Rubinstein, was continuing. Banks were even paying out large sums to wealthy depositors, including Jews, many of whom were taking advantage of the offer, closing up their businesses and moving to Latvia and Lithuania.