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The Jewish herald. (Houston, Tex.) 1908-1914, December 28, 1911, Image 1

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Fourth Year
No 15
Detroit Mich Dec 25 A man with
a Btrong forelgu accent inquired sev
eral times yesterday at the telegraph
office in a local hotel if a message had
come for him J S Groening in my
name ho toldthe operator As he
sat in a chair in the hotel offico a page
called Mr Groening
Mr Groening jumped to his feet
and seized a telegram from the hoys
hands An instants glance acquaint
ed him with its contents He buried
his face n his hands
My children my little ones are
safe he muttered in German
Suddenly straightening hjmself lie
walieu 1 le anrs r
e u
I want to make as many people as
possible happy today 1 have just had
a great happiness and I want to share
it I am an orthodox Jew and Christ
mas means nothing to me hut it does
to many and 1 am glad my happiness
came at this time I shall walk out
Into the streets and find a dozen men
who look hungry and send them in hereto
to be fed1ft
Later he returned and with him were
a dozen Who looked as if they were
temporarily out of luck
A private dining room was provided
for the party and the meal the dozen
men gob was the best the hotel could
Groening explained that ho had
feared the Russians being aggrieved
at the nttitude the United States had
taken toward Jewish passports would
be infuriated and massacre the Jews
in Russia
1 Bent money to my wife and chil
dren to leave for the United States im
mediately he said and this telegram
toldmo they had crossed the Gorman
frontier and were safe
Groonings home 1b in Now York
BYlejids of exSenator Alfred M
Cohen oLCincinnatl are boomlnghljn
foitthotllopubUcau nomlnnUoq Qr Gov
ernor of Ohio
The Jewish community of Houston
was startled upon reading in last Sun
days papers that the affairs of Adath
Yeshurun Congregation had been
brought into court It had been known
for some time that trouble was brew
ing but it was hoped that common
sense and a decent regard for public
opinion would bring about an amicable
adjustment However this was not to
be The action of the board of officers
in secretly admitting a large number
of new members friendly to their fac
tion during the pendency of a pro
posed friendly settlement and calling a
special meeting to take action
against a number of members unfriend
ly to them clearly showed that there
would be no peace The opposition
took up the gage of battle and appealed
to their last resort a court of equity
It is not our purpose to discuss the
merits of the controversy to try the
case In a newspaper though we have
decided opinions on the subject But
this much we are free to say The lif
ferences which have brought on the
present situation are of long standing
they are personal they are irremove
ablo The two factions cannot mingle
harmoniously any more than can oil
and water Under such circumstances
it would bo a blessing if they would
agree to separate in peace encli going
its own way dividing the common
property in proportion to their respect
ive numbers or in some other equita
ble way Wo hope that this suggestion
will bo welcome to all and will he
promptly followed
Women Withdraw From National
Baltimore Mtl December 2C By
a voto of 4G0 to 8 the Baltimore sec
tion of tho National Council ofJew
ish Women today withdrew from tho
National body Tho resolution of tho
withdrawal expressed dissatisfaction
at the administration of National of
ficers and was based on suppression
oLa letter of protest sent to tho ro
cent National convention at Philadel
phia Tho letter alleged extravagance
and arbritrary procedure
Berlin Dec 23 Russia is relaxing
her vigorous treatment of German
Jows according to information which
has reached the minister of cominereo
and which that official today trans
mitted lo the senior merchants guild
Russias letting down in her treatment
of the Hebrews is believed to be the
result of guilds protest agninst the
treatment accorded Jewish commercial
travelers in Russia
German Jows traveling on business
are now allowed to reside In any quar
ter of the city of Kiev according to u
decree recently Issued by the governor
of that state It is only recently that
ItussiV iToUDed Germany that she
could not afford any more favorable
treatment to German Jews than to
Russian Jews
Encouraged by this concession and
the action of President Taft in abro
gating the treaty of 1832 the guild
will shortly forward a petition to the
American German French and Brit
ish governments asking that they make
united protest at St Petersburg and
urge the same treatment for Jewish
travelers as is now accorded Chris
County Judge Noimann sitting In
purl II of the County Court the other
day refused to set aside a verdict
of a jury on which were seven Jews
two Germans one Irishman and two
Americanborn men He was asked to
set aBlde the vordict because of the
preponderance of Jews In tho jury box
and the Implication that they carried
the rest to unanimity in favor of tho
plaintiff tho Steinberg Steam Cut
Stone Company nd against the de
fendant an Italian
It seems that tho company sued
Domiuick Arvadaro for cut stone sold
and delivered to the amount of 300
and aisoaBked 3G IntoroBt Lawyer
B B Slgelstein represented tho plain
tiff and Lawyer David Splio tho de
fendant Both sides accepted the jury
seven mhen of which bore Jewish
names and were evidently of the Jew
ish faith When the verdict for tlie
full amount asked tor by the plaintiff
was returned however Lawyer Spiro
got up and made the rather unusual
request He thought tho verdict against
his client should bo set aside because
ot tho Jewish complexion of the jury
Judge Niemann refused point blank
to do any such thing There are
aws on nearly every jury before
me said the judge and they are just
as fair and just in their determination
of biich matters as are any other
race l
Rabbi Harry Levi Says Average Bus
iness Man is Honesti
At Temple Isiael on Sunday morn
ing Rabbi Harry Levi took for the
subject of his address A Matter of
Principle says the Boston Jewish Ad
vocute Zkr
I believe that the average busi
ness man i3 honest he said I
wish I could believe that every busi
nos man is honest The Bible warns
us to use just balances yet every
month the city of Ney York buries
beneath the waters of the Atlantic a
carload of false weights and meas
ures confiscated from unscrupulous
Hardly a city that is not graft
ridden burduied by politicians who
socially are considered respectable
yet who do not hesitate to enrich
themselves at the expense of the peo
ple whose Interests they are sup
posed to represent and protect
Criticise these men jail them and
they will take refugo in the old ex
cuse everybody does the samo
thing That this does not palliate
the crime that the situation involves
a principle they cannot see
Religion is a matter of the indi
vldual or it is nothing he contin
ued Proxy religion is no religion
IfthlB bo true then why Bhould uuni
bora affect my faith If It stotiflea
mo why should I ylqld It

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