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Orient-Occident Unity is Launched at Meeting Today

Orient-Occident Unity is Launched at Meeting Today
Washington DC Times
April 20, 1912
Washington, DC

Successor to Persian-American Educational Society Organized.

The Orient-Occident Unity, succeeding the Persian-American Educational Society, was formally launched today at a meeting in the home of Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons, 1704 Eighteenth street, when the preamble, constitution, and by-laws of the Unity were adopted.

Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, leader of the Bahist cult, and one of the distinguished philosophers of the Orient, arrived in Washington from New York this afternoon, and attended a musical and reception in his honor, at Rauscher’s. Tonight ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will deliver an address at the third and final session of the second annual conference of the Orient-Occident Unity, in the lecture hall of the Public Library.

While the subject of the address by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has not been formally announced, it is stated at the headquarters of the unity that the theme of the talk will be along the lines of world’s peace, and the work laid out by the unity. He also will deal with the mysterious and wonderful past of Persia, it is stated, and will speak of plans for the advancement of his country among the nations of the earth.

John Barrett, director of the Pan-American Union, will speak of the relations of Pan-America and the Orient at the meeting tonight. Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, will speak of the success and progress of labor through organized labor.

Prof. Herman Schoenfield, of George Washington University, will deliver a short address, “Persia Immortal,” and Mirza Ahmad Sohrab of Esphahan, Persia, will have for the theme of his talk, “The Hand of Persia Stayed, But Not Paralyzed,” The Rev. J.W. Fr [unreadable text] zell, pastor of the Ingram Memorial Church, will pronounce the invocation.