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Chinese Look Askance at “king of Kings” Film

January 9, 1929
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Chinese nationalists looked askance at the presentation in Chinese motion picture houses of the American made film, “King of Kings,” according to an Associated Press despatch from Canton, China.

Unlike the motion picture “Ben Hur,” which was barred because of being considered “Christian propaganda,” the “King of Kings’ was permitted to be shown, but it was “the subject of severe criticism on the ground that it was Christian propaganda,’ says the Associated Press.

In explaining the ban on “Ben Hur,” the Bureau of Education of the Canton Government stated: “The production, being Christian propaganda, therefore aids imperialists in their literary aggression toward China. The picture is a travesty on truth and reason, constituting a most undesirable obstacle to education.”

Exceeding their quota of $1,000,000, the banking and brokerage divisions led in the raising of the $5,300,000 fund for the New York Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies. The campaign closed the end of December.

Real estate operators and builders came next with $471,648, according to Albert J. Erdmann, in charge of the statistics. Next were the lawyers, with $264, 704, then the cloak and suit trades with $224,323.

John Hertz has retired from the Yellow Cab Company, resigning as chairman and president and disposing of his stock holdings.

Mr. Hertz made a gift of nearly $250,000 to about sixty employees who have been with him since establishing the Yellow Cab Company 20 years ago. He gave then about 7,000 shares of Cab Company stock and sold them another 7,000 shares on an easy deferred payment plan.

The eighty-second anniversary of the birth of Jacob H. Schiff will be celebrated on Sunday evening, January 13, at the Jacob H. Schiff Center, 2510 Valentine Avenue, New York City.

The speakers will be Sol. M. Stroock, president of the New York Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, and Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Chairman of the Army and Navy Board of the Jewish Welfare Board.

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