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greater part of his time should be devoted to the improvement of the moral and social condition of his brethren, and the school should only serve as one of the instruments for the accomplishment of the noble mission with which he is entrusted.
If happily for our brethren of Persia, the Alliance should succeed in finding some one to undertake this delicate and difficult task, the cost need not exceed 15000 frcs. (^600) per annum ; that is to say from six to seven thousand frcs. for the expenses of an establishment, the rental of a suitable house outside the Jewish quarter, servants, horse and groom, furniture, table expenses, occasional entertainments, presents to the high Persian dignitaries (which is indispensable in this country, and at the same time smooths away many difficulties) and insertions in Persian newspapers; from 2000 to 2,500 frcs. for the school, and finally 6000 frcs. for his own salary.
If the Alliance approve the measure proposed by our Committee, and were fortunate enough to find a man worthy of the mission, it were well that he should know that our poor brethren of Persia, by reason of the numberless oppressions and horrible persecutions to which they arc constantly subjected, have fallen to the lowest scale of the social ladder ; and Mr. President, is it to be wondered at that men who are incapacitated from having shops in the bazaars, who are debarred from engaging in any professions except in the recesses of their own homes, who enjoy no rights, and are but barely tolerated, is it to be wondered at that these men, in order to procure the necessaries of life, engage in all kinds of secret traffic, whether forbidden or otherwise, and (what is rarely to be met with) that they even go so far as to inform against their own brethren ?—which is another cause of their miseries. This awful depravity of our co-religionists, of which in the interests of humanity be it hoped that Persia alone furnishes us an example, is so deeply rooted that it has become as it were a second nature, and unless all this were known beforehand, one would lose all courage on witnessing such degradation, and would side with the persecutors ; but once warned, one cannot forget the cause to which this lamentable fall must be attributed. This is why I said the delegate should be a man endowed with a vast amount of patience. I know a Gheber who was sent by his co-religionists to Teheran from Bombay. The condition of his brethren was identical with that of ours. Manaktchou Sahib is his name. He gives out at Teheran that he is a merchant, and is certainly a very remarkable man. During his seven years' sojourn in Persia, the condition of his brethren has sensibly improved, and is daily improving. I have been in communication with him relative to the affair at Mazadran in which he
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