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Zeppelin Passes over Tel Aviv During Purim Fete


“Good Purim” was the radio message sent by the passengers and crew of the Graf Zeppelin to the 80,000 participants in the Purim celebration at Tel Aviv, as the airship soared over the city at 6:05 yesterday afternoon. Great enthusiasm was displayed as the inhabitants gazed aloft at the huge, stately aircraft.

The Zeppelin was lowered sufficiently to enable the gay, cheering throngs, most of whom were picturesquely costumed, to read plainly the airship’s name. At different places in Tel Aviv small bags were dropped containing mail. The dirigible then headed toward Jerusalem.

Replying to the invitation of Mayor Dizengoff to land at Tel Aviv, Dr. Hugo Eckener, captain of the airship, expressed his regret at his inability to do this. The passengers and crew of the Zeppelin wish all Tel Aviv a good Purim, the message declared.

Mayor Dizengoff, in a reply, said that 80,000 participants in the Purim celebration greeted the Zeppelin with the Hebrew salutation of Peace “Shalom,” and wished it further success.

The airship was first sighted along the Mediterranean coast city of Jaffa at 5 o’clock. That great harbor city had been on the watch since 11 in the morning. The historic mountain was covered with German flags and a welcome sign twenty-five feet high. As the Zeppelin circled over Jaffa, the inhabitants welcomed her with shouts and cheers.

Although arriving in the dark, she circled over Jerusalem for a full hour.

Dr. Henry Moscowitz was a speaker at the meeting held Sunday at the home of Paul Felix Warburg to prepare plans for the New York Ort drive. The name of Judge Grover Moscowitz was erroneously given in Wednesday’s issue of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin.”

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