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The American Jewish world. [volume] (Minneapolis ;) 1915-current, February 04, 1916, Image 7

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Louis Dembitz Brandeis, who was
nominated last Friday by President
Wilson for Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court, was born at Louis
ville. Ky., Nov. 13, 1856, the son of
Adolph and Fredericka (Dembitz)
Brandeis. He received his elemen
tary education at the Louisville pub
lic and high schools, and then stud
ied at the Annen Realschule in
Dresden, Germany, from 1873 to
1875. He graduated from Harvard
Law School in 1877, and received an
honorarv A. M. degree from there in
He was admitted to the bar in
1878, and set up practice in Boston.
He was a member of the firm of
Warren and Brandeis, 1879-97, and
of Brandeis, Dunbar and Nutter
since 1897. He married Alice Gold
mark of New York in 1891.
Mr. Brandeis has figured notably
in a great many cases of national im
portance. He was the council for
Mr. Glavis in the Ballinger Pinchot
I investigation 1910, and for shippers
in advance trade rate investigation
before Interstate Commerce Com
mission 1911 council for the people
in proceedings involving constitu
tionalitv of Ore., and of 111, omen's
ten-hour laws and Ohio nine-hour
law and in preserving Boston mu
nicipal subways system and in estab
lishing Boston sliding-scale gas-sys
tem and the Mass., savings bank in
surance: also (1906-1913) in oppos
ing the New Haven monopoly of
transportation in New England
chairman arbitration board of the
New York Garment workers strike
February 4, 1916 THE AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD 407
Mr. Brandeis is universally recog
nized as an authority on economic
law. He is the author of articles on
public franchises in Massachussets
Life Insurance Wage Earner's Life
Insurance Scientific Management
Labor Problems and the Trusts, etc.
A fewr years ago Mr. Brandeis pro
claimed himself an out and out Zion
ist. Since then he has taken active
part in the organization and has been
a member of the Provisional Zionist
Committee. In the campaign for a
Jewish Congress he assumed the
leadership, and lent his untiring ef
forts towards its success.
By nominating Mr. Brandeis to the
high office of Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court, President Wil
son has crowned a noble career.
Incidentally, President Wilson has
most eloquently answered the ques
tion: "Can a Zionist be a good
American?" Mr. Brandeis is an ar
dent Zionist and the Chief Magis
trate of the republic has said that he
is a good American.
U. S. Ambassador Praised in Com
mons for Aid to Allies' Subjects
on Gallipoli Peninsula.
In reply to a question in the Eng
lish House of Commons on Mon
day, Lord Robert Cecil, Parliamen
tary Under Secretary for Foreign
Affairs, confirmed the assertion that
early in 1915 the Turkish military
authorities had sent to Gallipoli fifty
British and French non-combatants
for the purpose of exposing them to
the fire of the Allies and that the
British Foreign Secretary had no
tified Turkey that Enver Pasha and
the Ottoman authorities would be
held personally responsible for the
lives of these persons, and that, as a
consequence, the latter had been re
The Parliamentary Under Secre
tary gratefully acknowledged in this
connection the services which had
been rendered by the American Em
bassy at Constantinople, saying:
"Any explanation of the release
of those British subjects would be
incomplete which did not take into
account the efforts of the United
States Ambassador, Mr. Morgen
thau, and his staff for the protection
of those committed to his charge."
Permission was only now granted
to the French League for Human
Rights to publish the debate in the
Duma regarding Jewish persecu
By Meyer M. Isaacs.
President Wilson at the instance
of the U. S. Senate proclaimed
Thursdav, Jan. 27th, 1916, as Jewish
Relief Day.
Perhaps few of us realize what
this proclamation really meant.
When in the sixteenth century a
small number of immigrants of
Jewish faith wanted to settle in
what is now New York, Gov. Van
Stuyvesant would only permit them
to enter on condition that they take
care of their own poor. From that
time on and up to the time of this
proclamation Jewish charity has
been taken care of by Jews.
Many of our brethren in the war
ridden zones once perhaps as pros
perous as the best amongst us, are
now on a level with the lowest of
paupers. Food, clothes, and shelter
are needed by two or more million
Jews. The Central Relief Committee
in New York felt that this country
should at least raise five or more
millions of dollars for relief of these
perhaps forsaken people and with
that end in view called the at
tention of the senate to these condi
tions, who in turn brought it to the
President, hence the proclamation.
It was hoped that all cities, especial
ly where Jews live, would take ad
vantage of Relief Day, and how well
some of the cities came to the res
cue has been told in the daily papers
New York. $250,000, San Francisco
$225,000, Portland, Ore., $30,000,
Cincinnati, $85,000, Chicago $100,
Minneapolis has not done it's
share. To date the collection per
haps totals nine thousands dollars
and we have a city of close to four
hundred thousand, and a Jewish pop
ulation of about eighteen thousand
—a mere pittance indeed.
Have you, my readers, done your
duty? Perhaps you have already
contributed. Can't you do more?
Even should the five million be
raised, how little it will mean when
you consider that over two million
are suffering—only two dollars per
person. Do your share by being a
generous giver. Help the Minneapolis
Fund by sending as much as you can
to Francis A. Gross, President of
the German American Bank, or
Fred Spafford, Vice President of the
First National and Security Bank,
both local treasurers.
The committee has deemed it ad
visable to extend the campaign for
another ten days. The need is great.
Do your duty.

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