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Ben Gurion Greets Dignitaries at Washington Reception on Israel’s Independence Day

Israel’s Premier David Ben Gurion tonight greeted more than 1,000 dignitaries here at a reception tendered in his honor, and on the occasion of the third anniversary of Israel’s independence, by Ambassador and Mrs. Abba Eban.

Because of the austerity in Israel, there was no display of lavishness as the reception. The decorations included blue and white gladiolas flown from Israel. Among the guests were ambassadors of many countries, military officials, cabinet members, leaders of Congress. The refreshments included wine, chocolates and cigarettes made in Israel.

Mr. Ben Gurion arrived here in the afternoon from Baltimore where he was honored in the morning by the Mayor and civic officials who welcomed him to the city. He is proceeding tomorrow to Boston where he will be given a civic reception and will address a mass rally at the Boston Garden.