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BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, NEW YORK, SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 1930, War Debt Cancellation Plan Rope for Mother's Slayer 8 B Fisher Outlines Way to Settle War Debts Issue Former British Education Board Head Tells Germans Here to Use Propaganda for General Cancellation Plan By THE RT. HON. H. A. L. FISHER I Formerly President of the British Board of Education) We have all been congratulating ourselves upon the success of the f last Hague conference. The question of reparations would appear to be settled for the time betas. But we should greatly delude ourselves If we thought that th world had heard the last of this troublesome question. It is probably the most pertinacious of the many poisons which the war has left in the body of two continents, and some time will elapse before the poison has worked its way out of ihe system. In Germany It is, perhaps, only to be expected that the grievances and miseries of the time would be ascribed to the burden of a foreign tribute. It is this tribute, says the man in the street, which keeps the country poor, which makes it restless, which confronts it with the spectre of revolution. Losers Must Pay In a le?al action the defeated party pays the costs, and under the arbitrament of war, Germany is called upon to pay the costs, or ' rather such small part of them as can be exacted from an impoverished lttijant. The Germans nat-ually complain that in this case the costs are imposed and assessed by their adversaries, and that an impartial and all righteous judge would rule that the costs should ' be divided. This is a natural view for the Germans to take. The statesmen of all the belligerent countries, however, are confronted with a very practical diffl--!ty. They see the people for whom they work impoverished by war and burdened by taxation. If they remit the debts of their credi-tors they must make up the de-flciency from some other sources. ; They must call upon their own ' countrymen for additional taxation ; or else reduce the public expendi- ture. ; Propaganda Urged " At the present moment every penny paid by Cvrmany in reparations goes to the United States. The Germans know perfectly well that .' Britain would renounce her share of the German reparations tomorrow, . if she could be relieved of her war debt to the United States, and it is clear that no cancellation, or - even considerable reduction, of the German burden can be effected without American co-operation Now the Germans Have a large body of friends and sympathizers in the American republic. A town like .Milwaukee is almost entirely Ger-' man Here, then, is a field of opinion, which might be profitably tilled by German propaganda. The German propaganda In American citizens who derive their origin from Germany, that they can best exhibit their symp-ithy with the country of their origin by putting pressure upon Conmss to take up the whole question of war db's, and either to cancel them altogether, or to reduce them to a less exacting figure? U. S. Government Blameless It Is idle to blame the American Government. The Secretary of the Treasury at Washington could not have remitted the debt. He was bound, both by the character of his office and by a consideration of the war burden that this country was bearing, to ask for payment in full. There is only one source fiom which the American Government tould derive authority to surrender its financial claims upon Eunpe, and that source is the American people. It follows that an operation iinnn American nublic opinion is the condition precedent to the solution of the war debt p-oblem. The Germans have means of influencing that public opinion. Let them endeavor to use those means. Problem Easily Solved The problom will soon be settled if it is approached in a dispassionate sDirit. It is not a light matter fnr Hie American Government to rfohtc Thp United States ; t. tnriPPri far the richest country in ! thp world, the standard of livm enjoyed by its working population is far higher than that of any country In any other part of the world. Nevertheless, the United States has its poor, and complains of the level of its taxes and, human nature being what It is, it would require a double dose of fovtltufle in an American Government to propose to its people that they should consent to remit the payments which they now receive from Europe, and to burden themselves with a corresponding charge, unless they are Eupported by a clear manifestation of popular opinion. I do not believe that the United States will con'.inue indefinitely to exact its full pound of flesh. At the same time it is unlikely tint the change of opinion will be swiit, the more frequently the American statesman is called upon to intervene in European affairs the more likelv will it be that the United Ctates will reconsider her position on the debt problem. (Copyright. 1930.) Premier MacDonald To See Passion Play Oberammergau, April 5 Word his been received here that Frederic M. Sackett, the American Ambassador, and Prime Minister MacDona'd. with his familv. will attend the Passion Play this summer Ot'ier prominent personages who have an nounced the'r corMn? are tne Arcn-bishon of Westminster, the Bishoo of Liverpool, Prince Mavrocordati of Paris and James Speyer of New York. i Fishing Pole Thief Filches Family Wash Marseilles, April 5 (P Fishing for laundry that was not his own brought a comfortable ' living to Antoine Monti for several months, but caused him also to go to jail. Householders In the tenement district here hang the family washing out of windows on cords across the streets. Monti, with a Ashing pole, over his shoulder and a covered br.sket on his back, picked off the. best linen, stuffed It In his basket and wandered on. Cohens Lead Kellys in Paris Phone Lists There Are 74 of Former Only Two of Latter- Eight Briands Listed (Staff Correspondence of The Eagle) Paris, March 26 The Cohens outnumber the Kellys in the Paris telephone book. There are only two Kellys to 74 Cohens. One of the Kellys Is a tourist agent and the other a directory publisher. The Cohens range all the way from a professor at the Sorbonne to a fur merchant. Phone Is a Luxury Dupont and Durand are the French names that rival the standing of the Cohens and Kellys at home, though any record of their numbers will seem ridiculous In comparison with the huge New York totals. The telephone In Paris is still an expensive luxury. There is only one telephone book a year an impressive cloth-bound volume with the names in two columns to the page. A telephone still characterizes its owner as "somebody" nere, almost as one of the upper stratum of society. Of the hordes of Durands and Duponts who live In the city, only 141 of the former and 109 of the latter have risen to the telephone-owning class. Durands In All Classes The Durands are la all classes of society and business. Two of them were Cabinet Ministers in the shortlived government of Premier Ca-mille Chautemps. Others sell grain, teach singing, run bars, sell coal or leather or milk and cream. One Dupont makes windshields. Another comes out boldly with "liquor" as his merchandise. Another is a bottled lemonade mer chant. Of Smiths there are 16, three of them an American typewriter company, one an American lawyer, one a British book store, three Interior decorators. The rest Just Smiths. Schmit, Schmitt, Schmidt and Schmltz run up a total of 57 in all trades and occupations There are four telephone users named Christ one a hardware merchant, another a piano dealer, the third a manufacturer and the fourth unspecified. One Dlabolo A man named Diabolo makes alu minum pistons. There are two Caesars, one of whom deals in diamonds. J. N. Bonaparte-Wyse is too wise to tell what he does. There is only one Polncare, Ray mond, "lawyer." Nineteen telephone numbers boast the name of Ford. Seventeen of them are agencies or repair shops for an American motorcar. One is a hotel and the other is Reginald. Eight Briands, Including Aristide There are eight Briands, among them a Foreign Minister and perennial Prime Minister, a butcher, a wine merchant, a lawyer, three engineers, a doctor and a dealer in automobile accessories. Of Tardieus there are five. One Is now Premier. Another runs a bar. One is a doctor and another runs a pharmacy. "Societe" Much Used Word The most frequ?nt word in the phone book is the French word for "company." It is "societe." In- slcu ul ajiug Diuiugs vumumiy. the French put the word for com- pany first "Company Billinss.' More than 3.000 phone subscribers are listed as "Societe" some-thing-or-other. And if .you cannot find the man you want anywhere else, the best wav to look for him is to turn to "Societe." You are likely to get him. No-Visa Fees for Yankees in Germany Berlin, April 5 While fees for visas on passports are still demanded in several countries of Europe, Germany has abolished them altogether for Americans. There are also no debarketion charges, and no special taxes are imposed on visitors from the United States. Rumanian Prince9 s Critics Ire Muzzled by the Law Si Bucharest UP) A new law forbidding public criticisms of members of the government has raised a big stir in Rumania. It is understood that the chief sponsor of the measure was Prince Nicholas, one of the regents, whose assaults on drivers of vehicles which blocked proTess of his automobile made a lot of talk. One writer who was especially outsocken was sentenced to two months imprisonment. But the prince thou"ht that this was not sufPcient.lv severe. Mote drastic penalties are lra- A postofflce clerk was killed and several were seriously injured when the Slmplon Express, en route to Athens, was derailed recently near Laminia, in Greece. The hill into which the train plunged proved sufficient support to prevent further injury to those aboard. Towers of Old City of Jericho Are Unearthed Buried for 4,000 Years, They Are Excavated by Mar st on Expedition (Special Correspondence of The Eagle.) Jerusalem, March 20 The Intense heat has forced the members of the Marston expedition that is excavating on the site of the ancient city of Jericho to suspend operation: until December, but already much of the Biblical city that has been buried beneath the surface of the earth for 4,000 years has been revealed. The Marston expedition has uncovered a parapet walk on the Canaanite rampart with a raised platform for archers defending the city. A gate, a number of towers and fortifications, with massive foundations, have also been disclosed, and a stone rampart, which is now 15 feet below the ground. The excavations have been visited by the Emir Abdullah of Transjor-dania, Father Vincent, a noted Palestine archeologist, and Dr. Fisher, who carried out excavations at Nippur in Samaria. The Monkeys Join In Attack on Fox (Special Correspondence of The Eagle.) London, March 24 A fox escaped from its quarters in the aoo a few days ago and made its way into the Venclojure devoted to monkeys and other members of that family. Reynard first Invaded the tunnel leading to the baboons' cages, and was promptly thrown out by a big baboon. It then ran up to the top of the rocky enclosure, where other baboons were in waiting. Fleeing from them the fox in its getaway landed on a little monkey, which bit it savagely. All tlie Inhabitants of the enclosure forgot their own quarrels and united together against the intruder. Eight keepers tried to capture the fox, but they were hampered by the fact that they had to keep a sharp lookout in casa the baboons should attack them. At last the fox, prevented by the monkeys from jumping upward was captured and borne away struggling. Beauty Parlors Taboo For Turkish Teachers Angora. April 5 (IP) The Turkish Minister of Education has taken a complicated way of telling school teachers of the nation to be simple. Orders were given last year forbidding school ma'ams to use rouge or wear silk gowns. Now the new ministerial decree proclaims: "The punishment of removal from their posts shall be inflicted upon teachers of brth sexes whose visages are indicative of too prolonged sojourns in beauty parlors." I posed by the new statute. Its passage brought newspaper comment that it might even be used to prevent editorial opinions on acts of dominant political parties and Gri-gore Iunian, minister of Justice, resigned from the cabinet when It was enacted over his protest. In some quarters it was said that the statute m-rht came a srllit in the coalition of the National Peasant Party and the Transylvania Na-tionaiirts. The peasants are opposed to the law, a humble carter having been one of the victims of Prince Nicholas" temper. ONE KILLED L WRECK Lloyd Film Stirs Furore in China 'Welcome Danger' an Insult to Nation, Is Charge Its Further Screening Forbidden Until Actor Makes an Apology j Tokio, March 20 Harold Lloyd is in hot water again this time in China. He has been accused of the dreadful crime of "insulting" China through his picture "Welcome Danger," and the local Kuomintang has issued an ukase that no more of his pictures be screened on Cathay's silver screens until he has apologized to China. The picture was first, shown at the Grand and Capitol Theaters, Shanghai. All went well until a Chinese playwright in the audience suddenly arose and harangued the audience, which was overwhelmingly Celestial, charging that the picture was a downright insult to China, that they should not see it any more and that they should mike the booking office hand them back their ticket money. Rush for Ticket Office. Shouting and gesticulating, the greater part of the audience made a frenzied dash for the ticket oftice.lthe screening of the film in other In the meantime the police were in formed and arrived in strength. While a British officer and some stalwart Sikh constables made a living wall between the excited audience and the ticket office, a brief pow-wow was held and the manager of the theater said that he was willing to return the money received for tickets. The film censorship committee next took up the hue and cry and the following day issued an an-.nouncemet callig upon the people "to rise and show their loyal spirit by supporting them in their patriotic movement." The film in question, they said, was an insult to the Chinese people and to China as a nation' and its exhibition "greatly detrimetal to China's dignity and prestige." The film had been exhibited in Germans Honor Britisli Bead in Berlin Cemetery 'Day of Remembrance' Finds Their Graves Decorated With Flowers (Special Correspondence ol Tlie Eagle ) Berlin, March 23 March 18 is Germany's annual "Day of Remembrance" for her war dead, and It was observed as usual by the War Graves Commission, whose officers and members saw to it that all th? graves were suitably decorated with flowers. Not only were the last resting places of the German war dead visited, but the graves of Britons who fell in the great conflict and who sleep on German soil were not permitted to go undecorated. In a beautifully situated woodland cemetery outside Berlin rest 1,172 soldiers, sailors, marines and merchant seamen, who came from all parts of the British Empire. This is the only woodland cemetery of the British War Giaves Commission. Wreaths renewed on individual graves show at all times how memories are treasured at home, even though the distance be too great for more than rare personal pilgrimages. However, their relatives may be assured that their resting places are ever attended with all care and piety. Here can never come disturbance, for tablets on the walls inside the gate record in Eni'ish and in German that the lanfl consecrated by hs grcves of England's fallen hasr-"'s "re " been acquired in perpetuity byiEssad Bey, the young and vigorous agreement with the German people. the International Settlement and the cunning Kuomintag utilized tills to maltaln that exercise of their influence and enforcement of their decisions was not possible in that area "where China is systematically insulted, and here is a proof that these fruits of violent robbery of the foreign powers should be returned to'us." "Our hearts are pained because come Chinese forget their patriotism," the announcement proceeds, and says that "apart from submitting petitions to the Ministers of the Interior and Education to prohibic parts of China, the committee has decided upon certain measures for the punishment of the selfish and unscrupulous merchants who have screened it." It concludes by calling on the people to "rise and show their patriotic spirit without delay, so that no more such pictures may be Imported into China." The District Koumintang later passed the following resolution: "That the local newspaper offices be instructed not to publish advertisements of any pictures of the Grand and Capitol theaters (Jointly controlled by Chinese and foreign capital) until the picture to be advertised has undergone censorship by the Film Censorship Committee; anj that the screening of all pictures by Harold Lloyd be prohibited until such time as he has tendered a satisfactory apology to China." Boy Assassins Are Employed By Turk Thugs Young Kurds and Lazares, Expert Wi elders of Knife, Are in Demand Angora, April 5W) The young Turkish republic- Is struggling with a Juvenile .crime problem whldh has its roots deep In age-old thought and custom. Adults frequently hire children of less than IS years of age to commit thefts or even murders, knowing that under the Turkish law capital penalties cannot be Inflicted on those of such tender years. Youngsters of less than IS years, especially among the wild Kurds and Lazares, ere expert knife wleld-ers, and their services are much in demand by adults who have scores to settle. The whole question of Juvenile crime is a pressing one and the government has been collecting data on American methods of dealing with it. No one of less than 15 years of age may be imprisoned, but all offenders above that limit are Jailed alongside adult criminals. Formerly the age limit was only 11 years. Raising of the age limit was the first step toward reform, but it also served to Increase the use of youthful assassins. The country needs juvenile courts, detention homes and reform schools, a program which is en- Minister of .Justice. , Channel Tube Plan Is Given OfficialO.K. Rail Tunnel Linking Britain With France Is Declared Feasible (Special Correspondence ol The Eagle.) London, March 25 By a vote of 4 to 1 the committee on tbe long-talked-of tunnel under the English Channel, linking England with France, has reported in favor of the scheme. ' The report has aroused much enthusiasm among the people of both nations, and the sentiment In favor of going ahead with the great undertaking is dally growing. Cost $125,000,000 It Is estimated that the cost of the work would be approximately $125,000,000. The committee favors the building of the tunnel by a private enterprise. Premier MacDon-ald and many of his colleagues In Parliament favor the undertaking, and It is believed that the proposition will be formally Indorsed by the government. The first step In the proposed undertaking is the building of a pilot tunnel for purposes of drainage and ventilation, if It Is found that the smaller tube can be successfully built, no obstacles to the construction of the main tunnel will remain. Only Rail Traffic If built, the tunnel will be open to rail traffic and will be electrically operated throughout. It will be 36 miles in length. In its report the committee sees It possible to complete the work in eight years and it is estimated that it would carry 2,357,000 passengers the first year. The scheme provides for (a) two independent tunnels, each with a diameter of 18 feet, 6 Inches, and (b) a smaller pilot tunnel having a diameter of 10 feet. The building of the tunnel would give employment to many thousands of men and would largely aid Great Britain in solving her unemployment problem. Daughter Kills Mother and Takes Her Own Life In Note to Police Girl Declares Murder Was an Act of Expediency ( Special Correspondence of The Eagle.) Basingstoke, Hampshire, March 25 An unusual case of murder and suicide has been reported from the hamlet of Charter Alley, about five miles from this place, where Miss Claire Monica Barton, 21, murdered her mother, Mrs. Florence Barton, 56, and then took her own life. The daughter is described as a tall, pale, thin, anemic girl who during the eight months of her residence in Charter Alley had held no communication with any one, never leaving the house and generally acting in a peculiar manner. Mother and daughter lived entirely alone, their only companions being a number of dogs and cats. Mother Was Divorced Mrs. Barton was the divorced wife of Col. Paterson Barton, formerly of the Indian army. On a chair beside the bed on which her body was found the girl had placed the following note addressed to the police: "This Is a simple, straightforward case. I have shot Mrs. Barton at approximately 6:45 a.m. you will And her In the bedroom at the other side of the house and then myself at approximately 12:20. My motive for the first act was that I considered it advisable and expedient. My motive for the second act was personal and general dissatisfaction with the world." Girl Always Headstrong At the Inquest Stanley Theophl-lns, the family solicitor, said that Miss Barton had always been a headstrong girl with a determined will. She never would conform to the ordinary rules of society and had always been regarded as not quite normal. The mother, too, was a little eccentric. Colonel Barton did not attend the ino.uest He was, however, present at the funeral Coffin Antedating Bronze Age Is Found (Special Correspondence ol The Eagle.) Beddlngton, March 25 During the progress of some excavating in Church Road, this place, there was unearthed a stone coffin that is believed to antedate the bronze age 1,000-2,000 B. C. Officials of the British Museum have been asked to study the coffin and Its contents and make a report on them. Bones found inside are believed to form a nearly complete skeleton, while the skull is stated to have a special medical Interest on account of traces of a disease. The teeth, only one of which is missing, are wonderfully well preserved. The coffin, which is made of sandstone and is 7 feet long and 3 feet wide. Is believed to be one of the oldest of its kind yet discovered. Young Chinese Are Found To Possess Best Memories Amoy, China, April 5 (&) Miss E. T. Chen, graduate of Columbia University, Is trying to discover the chief mental differences between Chinese and Caucasians. She is making tests In the psychological laboratory of the College of Eudca-tion, Amoy University. Miss Chen has already proved to the satisfaction of her superiors that the Chinese boy or girl of high school age has a more retentive mmory than the averaere occidental youth. Tests have shown that the young Chinese can look at a printed page for a few minutes and repeat it verbatim the next day. Miss Chen worked this out In Torch Matricide Sentenced to Die On the Gallows Pullman Plan Would Help British Peers London,' April 5 14) British peers and those who hope to get themselves elevated to that rank are turning envious eyea toward the man who selects names for sleeping cars on American railways. Names of towns or other geographical allusions to origins have about been used up, and three of those who were gazetted In the last list choose to stick to their own surnames. Thus Sir Wllloughby Dickinson became Lord Dickinson. The peerage also contains Lord Hill, Lord Graves, Lord MacDonald and Lord Leigh. Thus far, however, there is no Lord Smith or Lord Jones. ' Pope Is Aiding In Eucharistic Congress Plan His Holiness Heartily In Favor of Gathering Americans Going Vatican Cit, Apal 5 W) Plans for the Eucharistic Congress at Carthage and Tunis, beginning May 7, and to which thousands of Americans will go in specially chartered ships, emphasize the fact that Pope Plus XI is the prime mover of these gatherings of Roman Catholics. The United States got an idea of an Eucharistic Congress from the one in Chicago in 1926, when scores of thousands from all countries of the world flocked to that city to pay their homage to the Sacrament. . Interrupted by War 1 When Cardinal Achllle Rattl in 1922 ascended the throne of St. Peter as Pius XI, the Eucharistic Congresses had been Interrupted for eight years by the World War and Its aftermath. His predecessor, Benedict XV, Just before dying, decided that the congresses ought to be resumed. But it remained for Plus XI to put this decision into effect. He personally opened his first Eucharistic Congress, held in Rome a few months after his coronation. The next biennial gathering took place at Amsterdam and drew from the Pontiff a glowing message of encouragement. Praised Chicago Congress But the Chicago Congress excited his heartiest appreciation. He declared it an unparalleled manifesta tlon of faith and that the "event gives place to no triumph which has come to the Church in its 20 centuries of existence." The Pope showed a similar enthusiasm for the Congress of 1928 at Sydney, Australia, and now is zealously spurring preparations for the gathering In Africa. Royal Hunters Will Exhibit at Leipzig Show Trophies From Collection of Former Kaiser to Co on Display With Others Leipzig, April 5 The administration of the Prussian State palaces and gardens will exhibit 8 large number of trophies from tie collection of the last German Kaiser at the hunting exposition to be held from May to September in connection with the great International fur exposition. Other royal exhibitors will be the houses of Wettln and Wittelsbach, the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Hessia, the Princess of Schwarzburg and the hereditary Prince Reuss Friedrich August, the last King of Saxony, a noted nlmrod, will send some antlers and other trophies. Other interesting exhibits will show how the great European bison or wlsent, and the moose have been kept from total extermination, and there will be a section devoted to falconry. America will send wapiti and moose antlers of e'g'nUc proportions. King Boris of Bulgatla will also send an exhibit, and there will be an interesting collection from "Het Loo," the hunting grounds of the Queen of the Netherlands. class rooms. She found that the average pupil here could memorize 1,062 words of prose or 702 of poetry In less than an hour. This is equivalent to four pages of an ordinary sized book printed in English. The experiments are now being conducted with adolescents. These are all natives of Fukien province, but later she hopes to extend her researches into all provinces of China. Another line of work which she has in mind would determine the color preferences and the percentage of color blindness among her people. . Fox Killed Mother in Margate Hotel Set Room Ablaze as She Slept -Had Her Life Insured for $15,000 (Special Correspondence ol The Eagle.) London, March 24 Convicted of the murder of his mother, Mrs. Rosaline Fox, in a room at a hotel at Margate last October, Sidney Fox has been sentenced to death. Few criminal cases of recent years have attracted more attention than this. ' Fox deliberately murdered his mother by setting her room afire as she dozed. She was suffocated. His purpose was to collect an insurance policy of $15,000 on her life. He then planned to go to Australia, His Defense Mara of Lies The fire in the hotel room resulted in the owners of the place putting in the usual claim for insurance, and when the claim was investigated by the Insurance company the facts came out and Fox was arrested and put on trial. He told' a palpably false story about . the origin of the blaze a story that was readily disproved. From the start of tbe trial it was evident that Fox was doomed. His criminal record from boyhood was brought out. He was shown to have served no less than four terms in prison for various frauds and thefts, an was known to have escaped similar punishments on other occasions. Clever Hotel Beat He was known as a clever hotel beat, and boasted that he could stay without paying at any hotel in England, and had done so at a great number. . One of his more recent exploits was to Induce a rich Australian woman, a Mrs. Morse, who was staying in England, to insure her life for $30,000. Later he succeeded in netting her to make a will by the terms of which he would have profited to a considerable extent. Eventually the friendship between Mrs. Morse and Fox was broken oft. She has since returned to Australia, but before so revoked the will in which Fox was to share in the event of her death. The man who soon Is to be haneed had a most plausible manner, and it is said to have been so persuasive that some hotel managers have actually cashed his bogus checks and thus allowed him to pay them with their own money and pocket the balance. Forger, hotel beat and robber pf houses. Fox has hd a criminal career that reads like a page from fiction. Woman Is Killed By a Circus Lion Fighting a Bear Attempts to Separate Infuriated Beasts and Is Torn Nearly to Pieces Berlin, March 22 A traveling circus that has been spending a days at the little town of Bebra In the Province of Hessen had closed its gates a few nights ago when a terrible fight broke out between a huge Siberian bear and a young--Barbary lion that were in adjacent cages. The lion had managed to tear down the wooden partition which divided him from his Russian foe, and the two powerful beasts were soon at grips. Woman Intervenes The keepers were away at the . other end of the enclosure taking down some big tents, and the wife of the circus owner was left alone to face the danger. Without hesitation she entered the cage and tried to separate the two furious and blood-covered animals with blows from her steel whip. The bear retreated and sprang to a corner of the cage, but the lion sprang at his human assailant ana Inflicted terrible wounds that ran the whole length of her body. When at last help came the lion was shot and the woman was taken to the town hospital, but only to die shortly after her arrival. The bear, too. died from the wounds received in the fight. Plague of Locusts Menaces Palestine (Special Correspondence ol The Eagle.) Jerusalem, March 22 Swarms of locusts are now laying waste the territory around Jericho and the Dead Sea, and as a result Palestine is facing the worst plague of the insects since the days of the Pha raohs. The pests are at work over an area of 12 square miles, and a report from Transjordan states that 350. tons or locusts and nearly three tons of eggs have been gathered up there. Officials in every government department are being trained to fight the plague, and a Central News message states that bands of Bedouins, under the control of 20 local sheiks, have been enrolled, ' 'Hunger Island Warns Dry Year Is Coming Wurzburg, April S The water in the River Main is so low that the "Hunger Island" between Dettelbech and Main-stockhelm, is now visible for the first time since 1893. The "island" is a gravelly reef some 165 feet long. Ancient tradition declares that Its appearance foretells a year of drouth and bad harvests. r

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