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EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
is that 140 members have been added to the list of supporters of the Anglo-Jewisli Association. Again, in the Western district, Mr. 1<. 1). Mocatta, who has done so much for the Jewish cause, aided by the Rev. Mr. Singer, held a most successful meeting. Mr. Mocatta undertook to deliver a lecture on the position occupied by the Jews in different parts of the world. That lecture, delivered in inclement weather to an audience of over 500 persons, was worthy of the reputation of the author. The Council have thought it right to ask Mr. Mocatta's permission to print his lecture, and it will be found in the Annual Report, with a map appended, showing approximately the relative density of the Jewish population in Europe. The same spirit of progress has been shown among the Branches. While speaking of the Branches, I am glad to see present the Hon. Michael Solomon, of Jamaica. The result of the efforts to which I have alluded has been very considerable, and we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Secretary, the Rev. A. Lowy, who has paid several visits to the provinces to assist in promoting the work of the Association. Our income from London in 1886 was £511, whereas in the past year it was £786. The income from the Branches has increased from £601 to £836, and the total number of members in London has increased from 826 to 1,056 during the past year. All that promises well for the future, but I look forward to the time when we shall number 2,000 in London alone. So much for the position of the Association. Ihe results show that our efforts are encouraged by the approval of the Jewish community in this country. (Hear, hear.) I must now speak of the condition of the Jews in Russia. You have all seen the alarming accounts which appeared in the newspapers with regard to expulsions from Russia, and I think that the Conjoint Committee only did its duty when it made representations to the Foreign Office on the subject. We have carefully gone into the matter, and the result of our inquiries shows that the edict was promulgated against so-called foreign Jews. The Chairman then read an extract from a report to Lord Salisbury from H.M. Vice-Consul at Odessa, printed in the Annual Report of the Association, which says :—"At Odessa this measure was put into force by the Prefect notifying to the Jews that they would have to quit the Empire, but that reasonable time would be given them to make arrangements for their departure. Jews of doubtful antecedents, who were not engaged in regular business, were asked to leave the city at a week's notice, others were given a longer period to wind up their affairs, and in many cases as much as a year's grace was granted. Clerks and shopmen are informed that they can only retain their situations by paying the tax of first guild merchants, and then ^ only with the approval of the Russian authorities. Persons of standing do not seem to have been in any way molested. The law respecting the domiciliation of foreign Jews was issued in 1857 ; but, until the present time, it never seems to have been
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