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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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To recreate the Holy Land!
That is the immense project now
to be" undertaken by Nathan Straus,
one of the greatest of New York
merchant princes. Straus, with his"
two sons, Nathan, Jr., and H. Grant
Straus, have just retired from the
firm of R. H. Macey & Co., in New
York, to devote all their energies to
Nathan Straus.
bringing Palestine into the fullrealm
of twentieth century progress.-
Within; a few day& Nathan Straus,
Jr., will sail ior.the ancient home of
the Jewish people to take up there
one part of his f ather's new-planned
philanthrophy to try by installing
modern sanitation systems there
largely to prevent sickness among
his people. Father and son are both
ardent Zionists.
A great suits of offices has already
been equipped in New York for the
carrying on of the commercial end
of the great project and hundreds of
letters and applications for aid are
now on file. The senior Straus will
divide his time between this office and
the Holy Land.
In his plans for rehabilitating Pal
estine Straus includes the establish
ment of complete sewage systems, a
totally new water supply, the most
Ltnodern health and sanitation bu
reaus, milk stations and soup kitch
ens as well as clinics for the treat
ment of various scourges.
The urgent need of such work is
shpwn by an article in the current
issue of the American Medical As
sociation. It says:
"In Jerusalem, a city in which one
out of every five of its 70,000 inhabit
ants carries the parasite of malaria,
in his blood and three-fifths of the'
population give evidence of enlarge
ment of the spleen. These facts, so
striking because of the enprmous;
amount of preventable disease and
so pathetic because they mean so,
large a loss of human usefulness, are
not hearsay figures. They are facts.
"In the light of present-day-knowledge
the pictures of the prim
itive sanitary arrangements that still
obtain in ancient Jerusalem would
furnish an interesting object lesson.
As might be expected, malaria-bearing
mosquitoes reign supreme. Their
chief breeding places are the cisterns
which provide the water supply from
the rain on the housetops'
Straus' philanthropies in Palestine
have not in-the past been restricted to
persons of his own religious faith,
and have not been conducted in any
sense of the word as religious or
racial undertakings. His concern has"
been, and will continue to be, he
says, with humanity and the allevia
tion of its sufferings through proper
preventive and curative health meas
ures. In Palestine, the Jewish,
Christian "and Mohammedan popula
tion alike has shared and will con
tinue to share in the benefits of his
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London consumes 90 tons of salt
a day.

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