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Palestine Now Chief Source of Potash Supply; Production Rises Sharply

Palestine has become the chief source of potash supply to the Allies and neutral countries, it was stated here by M. Novomeysky, managing director of the Palestine Potash, Ltd.

Novomeysky explained that German, Russian, and Polish potash were out of the market and the Spanish mines had not been restored since the Civil War, while the French mines were too near the western front. Because of this situation, Novomeysky said, a five-year program of developing the Palestine potash works will now be carried out in half the time or less. He revealed that several new substances have been produced which include chlorine, caustic soda, caustic potash, a bleaching powder which is useful for treatment of mustard gas burns, magnesium salts, and mixed fertilizer.

Novomeysky said that exports were 35 per cent higher than last year and would probably increase still more.

Forty-three new industrial and commercial undertakings were registered in Palestine in the first two weeks of November. Nineteen new attorneys were admitted to the Palestine bar in the same period.

The largest ambulance in Palestine has been placed in service by the Hadassah Medical Center. It was donated by the family of Dr. Ira Kaplan, head of the cancer department at Bellevue Hospital, in New York. A film depicting the Palestine activities of the Hadassah medical organization has been completed here. The film, produced by Lazar Duenner, shows scenes in hospitals, clinics, nurseries and child welfare stations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Safed, Meir Shefaya and elsewhere.

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