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NINTH ANNUAL REPORT.
Jassy is practically a Jewish town. It speaks well for the Jews that it has the appearance of a cleaner and busier place than Bucharest. Although there are many wealthy families amongst them, the number of Chasidim is large. The remarks I have already made with reference to this class at Galatz are equally applicable to Jassy. It may further be mentioned that, although many of them own spirit cabarets, there were no signs of drunkenness in the town.
Not only are the Jews vendors of goods, they are also labourers and artizans.
Besides five or six Boys' Schools, there exists a good School for Girls, at which there are 250 pupils. This accommodation is still insufficient; and Chadarim consequently flourish, although many go to the national primary and secondary Schools.
The conclusions to which my visit to the East has led me are as follows
In Servia the Jews have reason to complain of their treatment outside the metropolis.
Whether complete emancipation be granted them now or later, they would improve their position by discarding their Spanish patois and their Turkish habits. Their scheme of education and the condition of their clergy are capable of much amelioration.
In Bulgaria and Eastern Roumelia, by adopting the same remedies, the Jews might obtain the influence and popularity to which their present condition frequently entitles them.
The condition of the Jews of Roumania does not warrant the treatment they receive. There is a very considerable proportion of the Jewish population which would disgrace no country. The appearance and manners of the poor Jews are their greatest enemies.
Although a large number get their living by selling spirits and lending money, they for the most part conduct these businesses in an honest manner, compared with the many Greeks, Roumanians, and Armenians who disgrace them.
Most of them speak Roumanian; some can, but do not, a few only cannot.
The antipathy against the Jews is not popular. What dislike there is, is not mainly due to their faults, but is confined to unprincipled politicians, to landowners and merchants who fear their competition. An opposition so distrustful of itself is, unfortunately, very obstinate.
If the Jews, then, should be able to enlist the sympathies of the Roumanian people, it will materially assist their cause. At
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