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3rd.—The entrance hall, with a stair-case leading to the first floor,
and a store-room behind it.
4th.—The remainder of the ground-floor is used for stabling. There arc, I believe, 6 oxen, 2 cows, 2 donkeys, a mule, a horse, and a small flock of sheep.
You will notice that the ground-floor contains more room than the upper story. Both ends of the building have a ground-floor only, but a first-floor can be put on whenever required. Besides this principal building, there exist four ground-floor buildings, used as workshops and offices, lodgings for attendants, and store-rooms, and a small house built over the principal well (Noriah), and containing two rooms on the upper floor, with a sort of open hall over the water-wheel.
We have two work-shops; one large and well-provided joiners' shop, where a Greek master-joiner, with one Greek workman and two of our boys manufacture all the woodwork and furniture required for the establishment. These two boys know their trade very well, and might easily find employment in town at two or three francs per day.
The other workshop is a forge ; I am not sure whether two or only one of our boys are employed in it, nor whether it is permanently worked.
Of the twelve boys at school when I was at Jaffa, six have learnt a trade ; two are joiners ; two, smiths ; and two, shoemakers. In future all the boys will be kept to gardening and agriculture. At first Mr. Netter could not get any boys, unless he engaged to teach them a trade. The prejudice against agriculture is somewhat wearing off, but is. not likely to disappear as long as we cannot show the results of our training, and point to the boys established on their own account, or in good situations, as a proof that their lot is different from that of the poor Arab fellahs.
Although hitherto we have not had a teacher as he ought to be the boys at the school have made good progress. I examined the older ones, and was by no means dissatisfied. They speak well, and write French fairly, know the four laws of arithmetic, and some
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