BOSTON (May. 15)
State Attorney-General Francis Kelley today ordered Commissioner of Public Safety John F. Stokes to launch a thorough investigation into the recent desecration of 69 tombstones in the Congregation Hadrath Israel cemetery in nearby Melrose. "Effective police action is the best deterrent to prevent any further occurrences of this nature," Mr. Kelley stated.
Earlier, Max Rubinstein, commander of the Massachusetts Department of the Jewish War Veterans, sent a strong protest to Attorney-General Kelley and Mayor Thomas Thistle, of Melrose. The full support of the J.W.V. in bringing the vandals to justice was pledged by Mr. Rubinstein.