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Tribune Backs Wagner-rogers Bill; Landon Favors Entry of Children but Would Lower Age Limit

April 26, 1939
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The New York Herald Tribune today supported editorially the Wagner-Rogers bill for admission of 20,000 refugee children as “a departure from the harsh and heartless rigidity of legalistic regulation with which the world is stifled in order to render some small aid to a small group of helpless children, victimized by a cruel age.”

The editorial followed the backing of the bill by Alfred M. Landon, Republican Presidential candidate in 1936. A letter from Mr. Landon, addressed to Clarence Pickett, executive director of the Non-Sectarian Committee for German Refugee children, which was introduced in testimony before the Congressional committee, favored the bill, but expressed the wish that the age limit of 14 was lower and warned of a later demand that parents of the children be given consideration.

Meanwhile, the Friends Center of New York, Quaker organization, announced the creation of a new council and the opening of new headquarters to handle more effectively the Friends’ increased activities in the metropolitan area, especially in connection with the refugee problem.

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