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AN INDEPENDENT WEEKLY SERVING AMERICAN CITIZENS OF JEWISH FAITH
THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLICATION IN THIS TERRITORY
VOL 31 NO. 5
PLMSTALK
BY ALFRED SEGAL
CASE OF MIXED MARRIAGE
IN 1897
The dale was July- 28, 1897
and a most notable moment it
was in the long history of the
Jewish community of our town.
One of our Jewish girls had gone
and married a Gentile boy, and
the Commercial Tribune was full
of it. Three quarters of a column
of it! It had happened in one of
the best Jewish families; the girl's
father was a leading s|lk mer
chant and a pillar in the temple,
you might say. Inter-marriage
was as rare almost as automobiles
then and as for automobiles, there
wasn't even one auto on the
streets in that time.
In 1897 there weren’t any Jew
ish problems of heavy conse
quence: There was never.a drive
for philanthropic funds, no big
money-raising dinners, no fear of
anti-Semitism, and least of all
was the Jewish-girl-meets-Gen
tile-boy problem, or vice versa. It
just didn’t happen until this date,
July 28, 1897.
I have in band the newspaper
clipping telling all about it on
that date. It came to me out of
old files of the almuni association
of the University of Cincinnati.
These files keep not only vital
statistics of alumni and alumnae
k but also items of news about
them—their marriages, their chil
dren being born, their successes
in business and professions, their
deaths. *
This particular clipping report
ed the case of the alumna, Miss
X, the Jewish girl who had just
eloped with the Christian alum
nus Mr. Z. The clipping gives
their full names but I shall speak
' of them as Miss X and Mr. Z.
The clipping says in these
words: "It was an elopement and
the marriage marked the end of a
romantic courtship carried on for
the most part yn wheels (bicycles,
' that is) and persevered in against
all sorts of difficulties and in
opposition to the wishes of both
families."'
Mr. Z. was an electric engineer
—almost a brand new profession,
in that time; his job was in Indi
anapolis; but from time to time
he was coming home td court the
Jewish Miss X .y . “A girl of 20,”
the clipping says, “and endowed
with a wealth of wondrous dark
beauty. Both are enthusiastic
devotees of the wheel (bicycle)
and .in the companionship brought
about by long rides they learned
the old story about there being
but two people in the world
worth knowing. /
'They fold their people of their
loves and their troubles began.
Mr. Z.'s parents said he could do
as he pleased, but they loved
their own church and their own
people. Miss X'e father with no
less pride of race, vowed that his
daughter should not marry a Gen
tile. Thus there 'were tears but
the bicycle rides continued. The
parents on both sides remained
obdurate and the lapse of time
(Continued on Page 8)
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Soudi Arabia Rebuffs
U. S. on Offer of
Free Arms
WASHINGTON,— (JTA) A
A State Department plan to
supply military aid to certain
Arab States which are not con
tiguous to Israel failed last week
when the department confirmed
that the Saudi Arabian Govern
ment had rejected the American
arms offer.
The State Department’s plan
had been to give weapons to Iraq
and Saudi Arabia to arm them
against possible aggression. The
department took the view that
friends of Israel could not take
exception to these arms shipments
since neither country bordered on
Israel. The Israeli Government,
which objected strongly to the
armament of any of the Arab
States, pointed out that supply
of American arms to any of the
Arab states would upset the pre
carious balance of power in the
Middle East and threaten the se
curity of the Jewish State.
Critics of the State Department
plan to give arms to the Arab
'States pointed out that there
could be no effective safeguards
against transfer of armaments
from these states to states border
ing on Israel which could employ
them against the Jewish State.
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Asks Australia To
Stamp Out Nazi
SYDNEY, (JTA) The Aus
tralian press has embarked on a
campaign to get the Australian
Government to stamp out Nazi
underground groups which seem
to have sprung up among recent
immigrants from Germany and
in immigrant camps.
The Melbourne newspaper,
Truth, has published photographs
of Nazi material found among im
migrants including a statuette of
Hitler found at the Bonegilia im
migrant camp. Other photographs
show a Nazi Party badge found
on a German immigrant worker
at a government-operated fertil
izer plant near Yarraviile, and a
bronze plaque found in an immi
grant camp in North Cote Vic
toria which pictures German po
litical heroes including Frederick
the Great, Bismarck and Hitler.
Race Relations
Improving
NEW YORK, (JTA) Racial 1
relations in the United States are
improving and discrimination is
decreasing, according to a report
published by the National Coun
cil of the Churches of Christ in
the United States last week-end.
Dr. Oscar Lee, director of the
department of racial and cultural
relations of the Council, said that
progress has been most notice
able in the field of education, and
least noticeable in housing. I
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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 19, 1954
Arabs in "Permanent War"
Against Israel, Lavon
Declares
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TEL AVIV, (JTA)— Armistice
agreements have been ignored by
the Arab states, “and the world
has put no restraint on their per
verse activities which have .ac
tually developed into a perma
nent war” against Israel, Defense
Minister Pinchus Lavon, declared
here this week.
Mr. Lavon speaking at com
mencement exercises for cadet
officers, charged that the Arab
states were taking advantage of
the Western powers “who, busy
with the cold'war, would suffer
any provocation in order to ap
pease the Arabs.” Mr. Lavon cited
recent incidents on virtually ev
ery border of Israel to bear out
his conclusions.
A Rule For Brotherhood
' By Oveta Culp Hobby
Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
The one drawback to annual observances of any kind is
that out of'habitude, we tend to become phasemakers who no
longer listen to our own pat phrases.
In all the editorials and speeches which will be made
before this week is done, the word “brotherhood” rolls off again
and again until it sounds easy.
But brotherhood doesn’t come in a package. It is not a
commodity to be taken down from the shelf with one hand —
it is an accomplishment of soul-searching, prayer and per
servance.
Brotherhood takes self-aware practice.
The rule of thumb is a simple one: Regard each man and
woman as an individual. Not as a Catholic, a Protestant or a
Jew. Not as a Negro, Anglo-Saxon or Asiatic.
Look at the person—at the character and personality of
this human being. Like or dislike that person for his own in
trinsic qualities, and refuse to tinge that judgment by the
irrelevant fact that he belongs to a different race or religion
from your own. *
The spontaneous feeling of brotherhood is a mark of human
maturity. Many illiterate people have an instinctive recogni
tion of brotherhood which is a thing of the spirit. The Ameri
can Indians, when they found a white man worthy, could take
him into the tribe as a .blood brother. The .child, left free to
appreciate kindness and generosity, .sets no artificial boundaries
on his love for people.
\
Others—more highly educated, more aware of self—find
the concept of brotherhood as an'Hntellectual process.
Unfortunate are those who, in their limitations, can never
sense the brotherhood of man.
Brotherhood realized is the ultimate objective of democ
racy—a free, just and harmonious civilization.
Security Council Hears Egypt's
Arguments on Anti-Israel Blockade
UNITED NATIONS. N. Y. (JTA) Egypt this week insisted
at the United Nations Security Council that it has the right to search
Israel-bound ships passing through the Suez Canal and the Gulf of
Eilath, and charged the Israel complaint against the Egyptian re
strictions lacked "seriousness."
Major General Abdel Hamid
Ghaleb, member of the Egyptian
delegation, told the Security
Council that although Israel and
Egypt have signed an armistice
agreement, a state of war still
exists between the two countries.
“A state of war gives belligerents
certain rights,” he said. “Fore
most among them is the uncon
testable right of visit and search
of ships in territorial waters, in
ports, in mid-ocean and in enemy
waters, with a view to confis
cating what is legally considered
war contraband,” he argued.
“With Zionist expansion grow
ing from a nightmare into an ugly
daylight fact, with the threats of
Israel to force her flagships
through the Suez Canal and
Egyptian territorial waters, could
the United Nations organ estab
lished for the preservation of
peace deny Egypt her right to
self-preservation?” the Egyptian
representative argued.
Ambassador Eban Takes Issue
With Egypt's Arguments
. Israel Ambassador Abba S.
Eban told the Security Council
that “a very grave turn” had been
taken “in what was already a
serious situation.” The Security
Council had heard “a firm and
defiant insistence” on the block-
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ade measures which the Council
Had “vigorously denounced.”
Egypt upheld its contention that
it could “wage unilateral war”
four years after the hostilities had
ceased.
The contentions Israel had pre
sented in 1951 and repeated a few
days ago, he said, had been sub
stantially upheld by the Security
Council. The Council had rejected
the concept of unilateral belliger
ent rights, he said, and three
times it had rejected the concept
that the armistice agreement was
compatible with the active exer
cise of belligerent rights.
The Security Council had al
ready determined that the armis
tice agreement was incompatible
with the rights of visit and
search, he continued. The repre
sentative of Egypt this week had
made contentions identical to
those made by his predecessor,
now the Foreign Minister, in 1951.
The interpretation of the armis
tice agreement had been made not
by Israel but "authentically and
authoritatively" by the Security
Council, he staled. In his view,
the Constantinople Convention of
1888—even if it were compatible
with Egypt's contentions, which
it was not—would .not help
Egypt's case as the Charter pre
scribed supremacy of its provi
sions over treaties. The basis of
the present debate, he said, was
formed by the Charier of the Uni
ted Nations, the armistice agree- ’
ment and the Security Council
resolution of September 1, 1951.
Austria Willing to
Re-Open Negotiations
9 _____
VIENNA, (JTA) The Aust
rian Government is willing to re
open negotiations with the Com
mittee on Jewish Claims Against
Austria,’ which represents major
Jewish organizations from various
nations, Austrian Chancellor Ju
lius Raab told a meeting of his
Peoples Party here last week-end.
The talks, begun in June, were
broken off in December when Dr.
Raab informed Dr. Nathum Gold
maim, head of the Jewish group,
that the Austrian Government
would not make any settlement
of its claim for lump sum pay
ment of heirless Jewish property
until an Austrian state treaty had
been signed.
Last week-end the Austrian
Chancellor said the government
would be willing to pay an “ade
quate amount” in compensation
of heirless property but that the
Austrian Government could not
agree to pay “gigantic sums that
do not correspond with the real
value” of the property seized by
the Nazis. He also said that Aust
ria is willing to pay what is just
and fair, but that this cannot be
decided unilaterally and “dicta
torially.”

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