Born on 3 February 1892 in
Gut Olchova, Pskover region, Russia. His father was a
merchant of flax and had maintained a tenant farm. He
studied with a private teacher at home, then in the city
in a Russian elementary school. At the age of eleven or
twelve, he left home for Odessa, then went to Vitebsk.
For a time he was a teacher in Nevel. In 1913 he served
in the military. At the end of 1914 he fled to America.
He settled down in Philadelphia. He peddled lamps,
worked in a shop, in the fabrication for building ships
At the age of fifteen he
began his literary activity in Russia; he participated
with songs and stories in the Russian newspaper, "Odesskie
Novosti" and "Birzhevya vedomosti," also in the journal
"Solntse rossiya" et al. At the end of 1916 he began to
publish in Yidish in the Philadelphia "Yiddish World,"
later participating in the daily and weekly Yiddish
press. His first book was "Shvere himlen (1923).
By himself, C., and later
his wife, issued eight books, from them the book
"Submarine," which was also published in Russian and in
After his passing, his wife
Florence issued three of his books, among them the book,
"Letste shriftn" (Tel Aviv, 1966), in which there was
published C.'s "Fun dos nay," a play of Jewish life in
America in five acts.
In the introduction N.M. (Meyzil)