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Friday. November 7, 1919.
THE PIOCHE RECORD JEWS OF LEMBERG HONOR PRESIDENT WILSON ASK CHANGES IN HE CUT RED TAPE WAR RISK ACT 1& k 1 Hmt59 i)tfrVfeoi tarn 81 - "surra "at ea i jvroxn np'TcxVff mssi tmnct vn Important Amendments in Bill Are Asked of National Lawmakers. TS mvs of Lemberg, Galicia, recently paid a great tribute to President Wilson by placing his name In the Guidon bok of the Jewish National Fund, which will be placed in some building in Jerusalem. It contains the names o. those who have rendered some great service to the Jews. The photograph shows the certificate Issued to Air. Wilton. WORLD'S BIGGEST GOLD DREDGER AT WORK uyJGkd OI- ' " '3EUr . .".V; ,, " - ; ' ' This gold dredger, at Marysville, Cal., Is the biggest In the world ana has a record of taking $90,000 worth of gold irom tne stony Dottom or tne American river in one week. HEADS GERMAN DEMOCRATS I I fi; is: j (3 jj This Is Doctor Petersen of Ham burg, president of the new democratic Party of Germany. Meteorites of Great Age. Meteorites of indicated great age, are not found In museum collections, and U is suggested that such specimens iay disintegrate and disappear from the rocks within a relatively short time after falling. The British Museum, however, has acquired n slice weighing somewhat less than a pound from a meteori Iron that Is believed to represent an ancient fall, says the Newark News. The slice Is from one of two slml nr masses that were found In Jnn Wy, 1905, within a few miles of Daw "on, Klondike, and that, from the! position In the oldest gravels of the "strict, are thought to have rested mere since the Pliocene age. KING ALBERT AT ROOSEVELT'S GRAVE EYiSE SCCECOE UFJARD Increased Compensation for Disabled Cx-Srvic Men U Urged Bureau Seeks to Give Fullest Possible Service to Thoae Affected. : I i 8 mm X'j isftfej Washington. "Our work In conduct ing the affairs of the bureau must be guided by the counsel of the soldiers. sailors and marines themselves. Our aim Is to be of the fullest possible rv lce to those affected by the act" Thus Colonel It. G. Cholnieley-Jones, director of the bureau of war risk In surance, in the course of a talk to wounded soldiers at Walter Rel hos pital, Washington, D. C epitomized the motives behind the action of the bureau la requesting congress, through the treasury department, to enact sev eral important amendments to the war risk Insurance act. These may be ill vlded into two general classes those affecting the compensation features of the act, and those concerning war risk insurance. A very Important proposed amend' ment, and one which meets with wide spread approval. Is the upward revi sion of the schedule of compensation payable to disabled ex-service men. Under the present schedule a man to tally disabled Is entitled to $30 a month, If single. The amendment raises this by $00, making $80 pay able under these circumstances. If he has a wife but no child living he gets $45; the amendment provides $00. If be has a wife and one child, he draws t present, $55 ; the amendment gives him $95. Extend the Provisions. The law now provides that if a man loses both hands, both feet, or the sight of both eyes, or becomes helpless and permanently bedridden, he shall receive $100 a month compensation. Experience has shown that many men who have lost an arm and a leg, or one limb and the sight of one eye, are just as badly crippled as men who have lost both feet or both hands, and so the bureau has recommended that In addition to the Injuries at present en titling a man to compensation at the rate of $100 a month, the following shall be Included : The loss of one foot and one band ; the loss of one foot and the sight of one eye. These are deem ed "total and permanent disability" by the express wording of the amend ment. There Is also a provision that for a "double total permanent disabil ity," meaning cases In which men are maimed so seriously that their injuries Include two of these classifications, the compensation shall be $200 a month The bureau has found a very wide spread sentiment among ex-service men In favor of having their policies made payable In a lump sum, or in in stnllments covering a short period of time, at their option. To meet this demand Director Cholineley-Joues has urgently recommended a modification of the war risk insurance act to permit making provision In the contract for converted Insurance for optional set dements on the part of the insured, making such insurance payable either in one sum or in Installments for thir ty-six months or more. If the Insured has not exercised his right of election, under the proposed amendment the beneficiary may elect to receive the Insurance in monthly Installment covering a period of not less than three years. Include Other Relatives. Another very Important Item Is the proposed enlargement of the permitted cUkm of Insurance beneficiaries (spouse. chllil, grandchild, parent, brother or sister) to include. In addition to those enumerated, uncles, aunts, nephews. nieces, brothers-in-law and ststers-ln- law. All of the amendments described above, together with seversl other pro poned measures of less general Inter est, but of much Importance, are Incor porated In the so-called "Sweet bill." Introduced by Congressman Sweet of Iowa In the house of representatives on August 'M, 1919. The whole trend of the bureau's recommendations manifest Its desire to be of the greatest possible service to those for whom it wss crested the men who served our country In the Great War. Not only in recommending the adoption of amendatory legislation, but In every other possible way, the bureau Is doing its best to expedite Its service, and to carry out the letter and spirit of the set in behalf of the men for whom It was prepared. In the matter of the settlement of In surance claims the bureau Is practical ly current. Of over 123,000 claims, all but 9,000 have been settled, and regu lar payments are being made. The 9,000 unsettled cases consist of those f in which the beneficiaries live In for eign countries or for some other rea son cannot be reached. A diligent ef fort Is being made to get In touch with this comparatively small restdue. Insurance Paid Promptly. A great many people do not reallzt that there Is a wide difference between the Insurance feature of the act and the provision for compensation. An Insurance claim Is paid Immediately o the beneficiary ; but in the case of a claim for compensation a great many features must, under the law, be con sldered, such as the members of the family within the permitted class, the extent of their dependency, and the extent of the soldier's disability. This accounts for the fact that claims for compensation have not been settled as promptly as Insurance claims. The compensation and claims division of the bureau Is bending every effort to determine these cases as quickly as thorough and Intelligent handling will permit. A large staff of examiners is working night and day In making com pensation awards. The medical division has Just com pleted a very trying and difficult task the preparation of a schedule of dis ability ratings for different injuries and combinations of Injuries, based on $100 per month as compensation for to tal disability. If the Sweet bill (II. II. 8778) becomes law, all compensation for disability will be based upon $100 per month as a maximum Instead of upon $30 as at present. This schedule Is necessarily very complicated, being designed to cover all probable combina tions and degrees of Injuries, and must be revised from time to time in accordance with the bureau's experi ence In order that full justice may be done In all cases. "Unquestionably, the government In surance contracts will be constantly Improved, as experience Indicates the need for Improvements, and It Is de cidedly to the advantage of all of us to hold the maximum amount of this government Insurance," adds the di rector. , Reinstatement ef Insurance. - "A recent treasury decision has auth orized the reinstatement of govern ment Insurance within 18 months after discharge by the payment of only two Col. Edwin Jadwln, now in command cf one of the engineer regiments In f ranee, disregarded war department ed tape, formalities and regulation get his troops over to France fu'ly equipped for work. The record mads y Colonel Jadwln In getting his men ipeedily ready for service and the efB. i'lency of his work has already bee the subject of widespread comment In trmy circles. It develops new that th teason for his success was primarily sue to the fact that he Ignored red ape Incumbrances which are required fc'gBlly by the present system. It will e for Secretary Baker to decide whether Col. Jadwln Is to escape the remonstrance that attaches to his rourse or whether he will be com kiended for his Initiative and his si :aess. jionths premiums on the amount of In surance to be reinstated, one covering ihe month of grace during which the X)llcy was In force, and one for the iionth in which reinstatement is made. rhls Is a very generous provision, and evill make It possible for all ex-service fien to retain their government lnsar- . nee after they have become adjusted igaln In their normal civil life. Indeed, look for a very heavy reinstatement and conversion as soon as the Sweet pill passes the senate and' becomes an act and it Is made known to all those who are affected. "The bureau appreciates tremendous ly the co-operation It has had from the Insurance officials and the men of the Insurance profession, and it is to pe regretted that there are some few who disregarded their moral obligation to assist the ex-service men by encour aging the men to drop their govern- nent Insurance and take out Insurance Jin private companies. It Is my per sonal opinion tnat an ex-service men in such Instances should combine in their disapproval of such action, and should in some forceful way express Pthelr utter disgust for those who are found guilty of such practices. Indeed, In the years to come, I feel confident that in such cases where ex-service men have been advised In such way as to allow them to lose their government Insurance, that there will be at least one man in the world whom the ex service men will utterly despise, and distrust, and that will be the un scrupulous agent who In a time of test was found wanting." OLDEST AND YOUNGEST IN HARVARD King Albert of Belgium carrying a large wreath which he placed on the grave of Theodore Roosevelt at Oyster Bay. He Is accompanied by Theodore Koosevelt, Jr. ' . ' DUTCH QUEEN OPENS STATES GENERAL Production. "Didn't you say the swords would w benten into plowshares?" "Yes," uld Farmer Corntossel, "but it seems Jke we can't get the hired help to Men up with the plowshares." fy-ir "r'T' 1 BRITISH BIRTH RATE GROWS The queen of Holland opening the states general at The Hague. fto ff:' ,M i Y mm Is 1 1 """J & i&w vi. mi ft 4 More Boys Are Born In Times of Hard ships, Official Figures i . Show. London. More babies were born In England during August than In any previous month since the beginning of the war. Official returns show the number to be 6,390, equivalent to an annual rate of 18 per 1,000, and 461 mor babies than In the same month of 1918. "I believe that during and after wars more boy babies are born than girls," said Dr. Mary Scharlleb, a specialist, discussing the report. "I think official figures will prove that more boys are born during periods of stress, hard ship and food shortages and more girls during periods of wealth, ease and luxury." "A baby these days is a very ex pensive addition to the average Brit ish family, said another doctor. "The cost of everything, from blankets to perambulators has practically doubled. Milk Is a shilling a quart and nurses three guineas a week. The Infant's extensive wardrobe Is also a costly af fair these days, while his cot costs twice as much as before the war. Only millionaires can afford twins, much a we need them to repair the waste of war." Col. tieorge Lyon, seventy-one years of age, is Harvard university's oldest student this year. He graduated In 1879, but has re-entered for a course In public speaking. Jacob Shankman of Chelsea, thirteen years old. Is the youngest student Be Is also attending the Hebrew Rabbinical college. Strange Fish. . Venice, Cal. A strange fish, approx imately nine feet In length and consist ing mostly of mouth, head and tail. Is arousing much Interest here. The freak monster was found on the beach by Frank Benedict, a city official. In the mouth of the fish were four rows of teeth. The eyes are as large as so.ucers. The creature reseniibloa gigantic tadpole. ,