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ELEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
very little the second. These boys are required to attend a class at the School one hour every evening.
I examined the boys in both the first classes, French and English, and found them fairly advanced. Each class consists of from 12 to 14 boys, varying in age from 11 to 14 years. They have a good knowledge of both English and French, and it is almost needless to add of Spanish, too, for this language is really their vernacular. They read, spell and write well, have a good knowledge of grammar—parsing very well—and are grounded well in geography and arithmetic. Some of the boys show a knowledge of physical geography. The second classes are also well advanced, especially in arithmetic, particularly the French class, consisting of 29 pupils. The lower classes, having only just commenced secular studies, are not as advanced as might be desired, but this is the fault of the disproportionate amount of time devoted to Hebrew in the early stages of their attendance at School. When, however, they once enter the upper classes, devoting more time to studies other than Hebrew, their progress is rapid. They are very intelligent, and most anxious to learn, profiting to the utmost of the advantages held out to them by this School. A large proportion of the better class of young men of Tangier are well grounded in English, French, Spanish and general knowledge, and they have had no other instruction but that afforded by this School. Many have emigrated, others are engaged in commercial pursuits. One of the former pupils of the School, Mr. Abraham Pimienta, is Master of the Alliance School at Alcassar, in the interior of the country. Another former pupil, Mr. Abraham Benchimol, is Master of the School recently established in Fez. Another former pupil, Mr. Solomon Eenoliel, is Master of the Alliance School at the port of Earache. Mr. Moses Abecasis, a former pupil of this School, is American Vice-Consul at Earache. Another former pupil of this School, Mr. Pinchas Asayag, has a very thorough knowledge of Spanish, and is a regular contributor to several Spanish journals, and to a well-known French journal. Many former pupils are engaged in Commerce in Tangier, viz., the JSTahons, Abensurs, and Parientes. In a word, the community at Tangier may justly be proud of their School, and for an expenditure of £500 per annum a very creditable number of pupils are turned out, well fitted to make their way in the world.
I would venture to suggest, so soon as the necessary means can be found, that an efficient English master, a native of England, be appointed to the School at Tangier ; the aversion
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