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Crane, of 1919 Commission, on Visit to Palestine

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

Charles R. Crane, who was Chairman of the American Commission to Palestine and Syria in 1919 to investigate the disposition of the populations towards their future Government, is on a visit here.

The 1919 Commission was sent out by President Wilson at the time of the Peace Conference to discover the wishes of the people in the countries of the former Turkish Empire with regard to the future administration of their countries. It was headed by Mr. Crane and President Henry Churchill King of Oberlin College and had among its principal members Dr. Albert Lybyer, Dr. George Montgomery and Captains William Yale and Donald Brodie.

The Commission spent forty days in its tour of Palestine and Syria, interviewing delegates and receiving petitions. They visited thirty-six cities and towns.

On the question of Zionism the Commission reported unfavorably, stating that its members had begun their study of Zionism with minds predisposed in its favor, but had been driven by the result of their investigation to unfavorable conclusions. That was so, the report said, although they had found much to approve in the aspirations and plans of the Zionists and had warm appreciation of the devotion of many of the colonists and for their success by modern methods in overcoming great natural obstacles.


Funeral services for Mrs. Meyer Hollander of Baltimore. Md. were conducted at her home on Eutaw Place by Rabbi David Philipson, of Cincinnati, and Rabbi Edward L. Israel, of the Har Sinai Temple. Burial was in the Har Sinai Cemetery.

Mrs. Hollander, who was 82 years old, was one of the oldest members of the Council of Jewish Women and of the Har Sinai Sisterhood. She is survived by two daughters and a son, Mrs. David Philipson, of Cincinnati; Mrs. Marcus M. Bernstein and Prof. Jacob H. Hollander, of the Johns Hopkins University.

The annual convention of Tau Delta Phi, national Jewish fraternity, was held in Boston, Mass. A banquet at which former Mayor James M. Curley was the principal speaker, was the final event. Herman L. Baskin, New York City, was elected President; Joseph N. Lang, New York City, Vice President, and Hilliard Bernstein of New York City, Secretary.

It was estimated that $30,000,000 in wages and money for strike purposes was lost by members of the striking garment workers’ union.

Morris Sigman, president of the General Executive Board of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, issued a proclamation and manifesto calling on the 35,000 members of Local No. 22 to register anew during the week with the local under conditions which will mark a fight to the finish between the “left” wing and the more conservative “right” wing of this huge industrial organization.

On the response of the 35,000 workers to Sigman’s proclamation depends the question of whether they shall remain at work after next Saturday, when the agreement between the union and the employers automatically expires, or shall be called out on a disastrous and far-reaching strike by the Communist leaders of Local 22. Such a strike would affect many thousands more than the men and women now affiliated with this local. There are several other dependent industries which would be thrown out of work by a strike of the dressmakers and a general paralysis of the industry would result.

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