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JW WILL AMERICANIZE NEW RUSSIA AND
REPAYSU. S. FOR GOOD TREATMENT HERE
BY OSCAR S. STRAUS,
Member df Hague Tribunal, Former
Secretary of Commerce and Labor.
Now that tlie gates of freedom
have opened in Russia,, the Jews
.whom czarism drove into exile will
return to their native land to spread
the freedom they learned in the
For the Jew fs the original repub
lican, and republicanism, of the
Uri"It,ed States is the nearest approach
to the ideals of the prophets of Israel
ever incorporated in a state.
' The reign of terror in Russia be
gan' upon the enactment of the May
laws (1882), which placed 6,000,000
Russian Jews under untold hardships
and restrictions. -v'
A Pole could travel throughout the
empire; a Finn could do business; a
Ukranian secure education. But
Russian aw barred Jewish children
from DUblic schools and sick Jews
from hospitals; denied Jewish youth
admittance to professions; forbade
Jewish families to live outside -the
pest-breeding ghettos or travel from
town to town.
Organized massacres shed the
blood of old men, defenseless women
and, little children.
When the chief of the-holy synod
was asked what he hoped to effect by
this blood curdling policy, he .said:
"One-third of the Jews will be con
verted, one-third will be driven into
exile and one-third will be sacrificed.
In-that way the Jewish question in
Russia will be solved."
Just so did the sultan seek to solve
the Armenian question.
The third who were driven into ex
ile became apostles of Russian free
dom. The tales of horror they spread
abroad prepared the werld for revo
lution in Russia.
In the United States the Jew from
Russia found a land of promise, free ' unforgetting Jew.
schools for his children, industrial
and professional openings for his
grown sons and daughters, a home
wherever he chose to live.
Now the Jew is able and anxious
to repay America. By 'tens of thou
sands he is going back to Russia to
show the bjggest country on earth
how Russia nfceds the United States.
Russia, covering one-sixth of the
earth's surface and populated by '
185,000,000 people, awaits develop
ment The mines of Golcon were not
so rich as the unworked Urals. The
vast agricultural territory demands
farming machinery. The empire,
three times as large as the United
States, has only 5;000 miles of rail
road. There is incalculable work to be
done; armies of still leaderless la
borers waiting to do it, and enormous
deposits on which to draw. For vod
kaless Russia . is steadily growing
rich. In the 12 years, 1905-1917,
bank deposits increased eight billion
Here lies the first opportunity of
the Russo-American Jew. They came
to America exiled apostles of Russian
freedom. They will repay America
for her shelter by returning to spread
American ideals, customs and trade
throughout new Russia.
Already it is said new Russia' fate
hangs on the efficient management
of the Trans-Siberian railroad, and
Paul MHukoff, "the American," will
probably ask' Americans to take over
its control and reorganization.
Such a pelicw foreshadows two
groups of self-governing United
States stretching from Sandy Hook
o Warsaw nearly two-thirds of the
distance around the world. It calls
for a small army of Snglish-speaking
Russians trained to American ways
of thinking anil working. It would
be an opportunity for spreading
American standards and trade by the