WASHINGTON (Dec. 21)
The 14,000-ton French armed liner De La Salle put into Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic, yesterday and disembarked 770 Spanish refugees, the State Department was advised today. Another French liner, the Cuba, has left a French port and is due at the Dominican Republic with an approximately equal number.
Government officials here were perturbed by the news of the arrival of these additional refugees in the West Indian republic. It was pointed out that none of the German refugees whose colonization in the Dominican Republic was arranged under the aegis the aegis of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees has arrived there yet.
Failure of the Intergovernmental Committee’s project to move forward more rapidly has also caused some apprehension in neutral states bordering Germany which are temporary havens for thousands of German refugees. These countries — Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland — had been encouraged to accept refugees on a temporary basis with the understanding that permanent homes would be found for them elsewhere.
The Dominican plan is considered the “test tube” of all future colonization in the Western Hemisphere, and the continued influx of Spanish refugees, it is feared here, may imperil the project.