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stitution will require cannot well be indicated, because it could utilize any amount of money. But even the minimum amount it can exist upon per annum it is difficult to indicate at present. To put 240 hectares J600 acres) of waste land into cultivation, requires a considerable yearly outlay continued through four or five years at least. The return comes later. The keeping of twenty or thirty children is no trifling matter.
While deliberating, we ought not to forget that meanwhile our excellent self-sacrificing M. Netter is full of anxiety, contending with semi-savage children, thievish Arab workmen, and nobody to assist him but somfe almost boyish, inexperienced young men. Don't lose time.
Yours truly,
This appeal was followed up by a letter from Professor Gratz, the celebrated German Historian of the Jewish people of which the translation is here inserted.
9th September, 1872.
Honoured Sirs,
M. S.H. Goldschmidt, of Paris, the Vice-President of the Alliance Israelite, has directed your attention in the most forcible manner to the Agricultural School of Jaffa in an eloquent document, which cannot fail to make a deep impression.
If you would allow me, although unknown to you, to address you, I should be glad to avail myself of the opportunity to earnestly support the proposition of M. Goldschmidt relative to the Colony.
In the spring, when travelling in the Holy Land, I had an .opportunity of visiting this Agricultural School, and to my joy, found that it had prospered excellently under the management of M. Charles Netter. It keeps pace with, and in some respects surpasses, the Christian establishments. It is impossible to speak too highly of what a blessing it is to accustom an idle population to work, and to instil a love for labour into the minds of the young. But this object has not yet been attained. If only the necessary means are provided, it is confidently hoped that it will be accorded to the excellent Manager to bring the great task he has undertaken to a satisfactory conclusion. Any cessation would destroy the nearly accomplished work, and would foster idleness from which the people have been weaned with so much difficulty. The Jewish population would remain under the delusion that every practical occupation taken up by the Israelites in the Holy Land must of necessity fail, and that they are doomed to lead a life of idle-
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